CNET wants your Apple stories

“Apple Computer’s celebrating its 30th birthday, and you’re invited. Tell us how the company’s products have impacted you over the years. And be sure to include photos of you with your favorite Apple computers or gadgets,” CNET writes. “We’ll include a sampling of your submissions in an upcoming CNET report.”

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  1. “Is CNET deserving of this?”

    Who knows?
    But maybe, just maybe, they can write an Apple or Mac related article without once using the words: cultists, zealots, niche, tiny marketshare, mercurial, beleaguered, overhyped, skeptical, risky, or overpriced. HAHAHAHAHAHA ! ! ! ! Just kidding. Whew! I laughed a little too hard and now it hurts.

  2. Seems to me the kind of stories and photos CNET is asking for will just end up helping support their belief that Mac users are cultists or zealots.

    Anyone who submits anything should restrict it to boring stories about rolling out large scale corporate installations with photos of Macs in a large business setting. OK, I know that’s going to be hard to come by, but c’mon, you’re telling me they aren’t hoping people send in photos of their one bedroom apartments filled with dozens of old Apple II, Macintosh SE’s, NextCubes and discarded Newton Messagepads so they can laugh and make fun of them in an article entitled: “Mac Cult Freaks Celebrate Holy Day”?

    Please, don’t send them any tattoo shots.

  3. I first started using a Mac in 1989 whilst at College.

    I was in the college library to work on my first assignement, the only computer available was a small “thing with a built in screen”. I began working on my my first submitted peice of work, and was delighted that the small strange computer was so easy to use.

    i returned two days later and was perturbed that the big “cool’ PC could not read my disc and seamed more conviluted to use. I sought out the small thing with the built in screen and have been hooked on them ever since.

    I unfortunately have to use a “pc” at work, and have had for the last 8 years. However i go home at night and use my beloved Mac.


  4. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Apple back in 1981 when I was about twelve years old. My father was a psychology professor and used computers in his classes, so we had several different models like the TRS-80, Compucolor, etc. before the Apple. The Apple II was the only one so great that my dad had to buy one for the family instead of loaning it from the University. The Apple II was amazing. For a twelve year old, it was all about games. We had dozens, like the text based adventure “The Count”, and the “Wizardy” series, and my all time favorite, the original “Castle Wolfenstein”. My dad, my brother and I would take turns playing that for hours.

    Then in 1984, my dad got a Macintosh. It was weird looking, and instead of typing in commands, it had this strange desktop and folders. I didn’t like it. There weren’t many games, although one of the earliest and best was “Dark Castle” which was fun. No, I wanted to stick with the Apple II – until I discovered MacPaint. All my life I’ve loved drawing, so when I first got to play with MacPaint, I was smitten. It took awhile to get used to but eventually I’d draw in MacPaint instead of playing games for fun. A couple years later we got a new program called PixelPaint and it was even cooler. I’d draw all sorts of things and save them, edit them later, add text, and even print them on our Epson Dot Matrix printer. A few years after that I was introduced to a brand new program called Photoshop. It was a million times better than PixelPaint, and a billion times better than MacPaint. I was hooked. By this time I was in college and had already decided to become a graphic designer. The strange thing was, none of my college courses taught anything about using computers in the business except for one marketing class that lightly touched on Pagemaker. I had a commercial at instructor who owned a very prominent ad agency in town, tell me that no one in his company used computers for graphic design, and they never would (hopefully he changed his tune or I’m sure he’s out of business).

    I’m now a digital media designer. I create print, web, multimedia, video, audio, and music all with my Mac. If it weren’t for the Mac, I don’t know what I’d be doing today, but I doubt it would be this. Apple has completely shaped who I am professionally and I owe everything that I am today to them. I’ve been forced at times through my career to use Windows, and it’s just not the same. When you’re doing creative work you should work in a creative environment, and that’s the Mac. Everything about it just feels warm and comfortable. If there were ever to come a day when I couldn’t have a Mac anymore, I’d leave this profession and find something that didn’t involve technology at all. Here’s hoping that never happens. Happy birthday Apple!

  5. I first encountered apple with an Apple II LE, which taught me how to touch type (great life skill I still have). I liked the Macintosh but was swayed over to the Windows world at the release of Windows 95. After the release of Mac OS X, I bought myself a 15″ Powerbook and thought to myself “why did I switch to Windows in the first place?”

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