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Mac owner again

The new Mac Mini
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My first real computer was an Amstrad CPC464.

However, when I started Uni in 1990, I realised I needed a proper computer for writing essays and the like, and I went for the most popular choice in the Faculty of Arts and bought a Mac SE 2/40 (later upgraded to 4/40, i.e., 4MB of RAM and a 40MB hard disk).

This computer was really, really expensive, but the nice man in the Apple shop promised me I’d get free software updates for life, because that was how Apple did things.

A couple of months later, Apple released the Classic at a much lower price and started charging for software upgrades.

I swore then that I’d never buy a Mac again.

A couple of years later, I started studying computer science, and I fell in love with Unix.

Not much later, Linux 1.0 was released, and I bought a PC without Windows and installed Linux on it, and I never looked back.

Until now.

Running a business has convinced me that I need to have access to Linux, Windows and Mac, and although Linux and Windows can coexist happily on one machine, that’s not an option for Mac OS X.

So Complexli has now bought a Mac mini – I hope that by letting the company buy it, I haven’t fully broken my old oath. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Mac owner again

  • Welcome back to the hive:) I hope you’ll like it. If it wasn’t for their determination to have the active window on top, I’d have moved entirely there and never looked back.

    I’m currently using a borrowed ‘Mini for my photo work. I hope to have enough income to get a used Mac Pro early next year. That would rock.

  • So far I still prefer Ubuntu, but I can see it has some nice features. I’ll blog about this in a few weeks’ time when I’ve had a chance to evaluate it.
    A Mac Pro would be nice, but they’re not exactly cheap. 🙁

  • I got my first mac, an iMac, last year. Now I have three (an iMac at the office and one at home and a macbook for travelling) and am not planning on going back to Ubuntu any time soon 🙂

  • I really can’t imagine why people pay double to be sucked into a monopoly, personally…


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