“How to pay homage to Steve Jobs and Apple as the company turns 30? I certainly can’t add onto the plaudits being handed out by the millions. These days everyone loves Steve. Steve’s even bigger than Bill, who is plenty big in his own right,” Eric Lundquist writes for eWeek. “Then I remembered that my thanks to Steve was sitting down somewhere in my cellar. Or the agent of my potential homage, I should say. For down there amid the old boxes of decaying magazines (remember print?), exercise equipment still in like-new condition, and the flotsam of any New England cellar, was my first computer.”
“I found it in the far corner over by the backup sump pump. This would be a real test of a real machine. A delicate system preserved in museum quality conditions? Forget that. This was a box sitting open to the elements. Dust, humidity, freezing temperatures when the furnace conked out, all the pieces were there to mess up the strongest power supply, the beefiest microprocessor. I’ll describe my scientific testing: I carried all the pieces up to the kitchen counter, plugged everything in and hit the on button… the screen lit up and the disk drive whirled before settling on the A: drive waiting for something. That something was software, of course, and I had none,” Lundquist writes. “But the computer worked. Why Steve Jobs turned his back on computers that you could open up yourself and stuff add-in boards into is another story.”
MacDailyNews Take: What’s the Apple Power Mac line, chopped liver? No, it’s a Mac you can “open up yourself and stuff add-in boards into.”
Lundquist continues, “Why he has cultivated the art of distance from his loyal supporters and broader audience is also another story. Why he was sent to the desert away from Apple, only to return a wiser man, is also another story. But Steve and company (and you really shouldn’t forget the rest of the company, especially in the case of the IIe) came up with a nice-looking box that was built in 1982 and started up after sitting winter after winter in a New England cellar, and for that I thank them and offer my congratulations on thirty years in the business.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Richie” for the heads up.]
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