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January

National Macintosh Computer Day

Posted by Chris

National Macintosh Computer DayToday is National Macintosh Computer Day, and for those of you who know me personally, this is a big day.  On January 22, 1984 during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII one of the most memorable television commercials first aired.  This commercial introduced the Macintosh 128K which went on sale two days later.  So, according to my math (and a few sites on the internet), that means the Macintosh computer celebrated it’s 27th birthday yesterday and boy has it grown.

Just like most children who grew up in the late 80’s and early 90’s I was first introduced to Macintosh computers, or Macs, in elementary school.  Although my time on these computers was limited to playing Oregon Trail during our 30 minute trips to the computer lab a few times each week, these early memories have always stuck.  I don’t know if it was the one button mouse, old rainbow Apple logo, dated graphics, or combination of the three that were to blame for these memories.  Unfortunately I didn’t have much say those days and when it came to having a home computer a few years later my parents chose a Windows PC.  Welcome Fall of 2001, my freshman year of college.  This marked the reintroduction of the Mac for me.  I majored in Graphic Design so, being the industry standard, everything we did was on a Mac.  Things were a little different from the early days but the love was still there.  I’ve used Macs ever since.  Currently I am employed in an industry in which AutoCAD is the program of choice and am forced to used a Windows machine.  A few months ago I received an email that made my day, I think the title was “The information you requested about AutoCAD for Mac” and when I opened it the first thing I saw……..AutoCAD for Mac is here.  So who knows, hopefully the right people are reading this, maybe one day we will be using Macs at work.

To celebrate this very special holiday Brittany and I decided it was time to freshen up her iMac.  She purchased her Mac in late 2006 when OS X 10.4 Tiger came installed on all new Apple computers.  The automatic updates were always applied BUT the operating system itself is now two versions behind.  So we made the stop by Best Buy on our way home to pick up Snow Leopard only to find out it was sold out. NO!!!!!  How are we going to celebrate National Macintosh Computer Day without this upgrade?  So what do I do?  I quickly walk the dogs when we get home jump in my car and head back up to Northern Virginia in rush hour.  Luckily the traffic going to and from was not bad.

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