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By: switchtoamac at: 11:30 AM on January 14, 2009 | Comments (11)

Next Saturday, January 24, 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh.  Switch To A Mac would like to hear from you.
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We've published this post to celebrate and prepare for 25th anniversary of the Macintosh but more importantly, we want our readers and visitors to discuss this milestone.  As you can see from the image at the left, the look and feel of the Mac has changed drastically since it's unveiling in 1984.

Please send us your comments, stories, and/or thoughts.  Perhaps you have a switch story, a story about your first Mac, favorite Mac, or simply have something else you'd like to share.


The future of Macs
In January 2007 Apple changed its name from 'Apple Computer Incorporated' to 'Apple Incorporated', thus marking a key shift in the firm's scope, focus, and product portfolio.  Apple is now viewed as more than just a computer company as evidenced by products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iTunes.  Now that Macs have experienced a resurgence over the past few years, what are your expectations for the Mac moving forward?  Do you expect that Apple will be selling Macs or computers for another 25 years?  How will Apple's business change and what impact if any will this have on the Mac.  We'd love to hear your predicitions.

Please use the comments section below.  We ask that you try to keep your submission as brief as possible.  We'll keep the comments open until January 24.

11 Reader Comments

I got my first Mac in 2006 and haven't looked back. I use my Mac for school and managing my music library and photos. The ease of use it's the best part of using a Mac. I love my iMac.

As a 25 year old in 1984, I qualified for a little-known purchasing program called "Own-A-Mac" that was offered exclusively to Independent Apple Retail Store salespeople. I bought the original 128K Mac at 66% off the suggested retail price a week before it was introduced to the public. The deal included the ImageWriter dot matrix printer, Apple carry bag, and Microsoft MultiPlan. I purchased the original LaserWriter in 1985 and help pioneer the desktop publishing revolution. I have owned many Macs in the years since then and have no plans to own anything else. Fanboy, enthusiast, brand champion, cool-aid drinking sycophant--call it what you want. Such is the half-life of this Mac user. -tim b.

I've been a Mac user since the early 90's. Since then, I've never had a need to use competing platforms such as Windows or Linux. I think Apple will continue to focus on the Mac for the forseeable future. The Intel transition will end up being one of the best changes Apple has made as a company.

Two years ago I bought a 13" Mac Book. I had been unhappy with Windows and I had read a lot of good things about the Mac Operating System which at the time was Tiger. I also like the hardware, but the OS is what grabbed my attention. I liked the simple interface and that it came with iLife, the photo and movie software. The screen on the 13" Mac Book looked a lot better than any of the other laptops that I researched before buying the Mac Book. It just made the best sense to me to get a Mac. Since then, I have been accumulating more and more Apple products. A couple of iPods and an iPhone later, I am thinking about getting me an iMac and an Apple TV.
Once you go Mac, you don't go back... as my brother would say.

My wife and I recently switched to using a Mac from being only Windows users. We find that the Mac is very user friendly with exceptionally powerful software pre-loaded (i.e. Garage Band, etc.). I wouldn't be surprised if Apple begins bundling even more free software such as Garage Band, etc. to get users to value the Mac platform even more. I'm also intrigued to see how many additional applications for the iPhone would be provided for free - the iPhone being the wave of the future. Keep up the great work Apple - A. Narain

I hate Macs and Apple and the sooner Jobs bites the dust the better the world will be (tho I do have to give him props for funding Pixar). My company forced a MacBook down my throat and the only saving grace is that people smarter than me created VirtualBox and Fusion. I grew up with a Commodore 64 and have been using Windows, Linux, Unix for the past 15 years, and they all still beat anything coming out of Cupertino. Here are my gripes:

-1-Why in the world can windows only be resized by using the bottom right corner? If the application/window I'm using is on the right side of the screen and I want to increase its size, I have to drag the whole damn thing to the left first and then I have to click the bottom right corner and drag from there. WTF? I want to be able to resize from any window edge!

-2-Since this is all built on top of BSD, why the hell has all the power and flexibility been taken away? For example, if you create a file in the /tmp directory, you can't get to it from any of the GUIs. You can only see what Apple wants you to see. So if one were in a terminal window and did the following:

cd /tmp
touch testfile

And then from Finder or any application like Firefox (File --> Open File), you can't get to the testfile you just created. WHY!? /tmp is the dumping ground for scratchpad type stuff, why can I use it from the terminal but not the GUI?

I complained about this to a coworker and he found some obscure key combination to allow GUI access to hidden directories, but why is this even necessary?

-3-The power brick that came with my MacBook Pro had to be replaced because the plastic cable sleeve was starting to pull out, so I was able to see a centimeter or two of the bare positive, negative, and ground wires. After two hours of talking to the service guy at the Apple store about why the customer shouldn't have to pay for a faulty design, I finally got a new power brick ($79 MSRP). The guy kept insisting I was wrapping the cord too tight. Well lets see, the power brick has two little swing-out arms to wrap the cable around. So I wrapped the cord where they told me to. WTF again!

-4-Why is this junk so expensive? A $300 laptop with Ubuntu on top could offer the same functionality. Bump it up to $600 if one really cares about LED back-lit monitors.

Alright, that's enough ranting for one afternoon.

I've been a Mac user since 1987 courtesy of my friend's dad who was an Apple salesman. He always had the newest, coolest stuff at his house. In many ways, Apple is the reason I became infatuated with technology as a kid. The games were fun, the apps all made cool sounds, and we could figure out how to use just about anything even though we were so young. 20+ years later the Mac experience hasn't really changed that much. They've keep the same stuff that made me love the platform in the first place while pioneering the next wave of computing in the home and office. While I have never been a hater of Windows (I still remember spending hours with my Windows 95 demo cd) the user experience with the Mac is second to none. The haters are simply the people who haven't tried it yet.

Happy birthday Mac, and shout out to Mac Ski, Glider, Beyond Dark Castle, Shufflepuck Cafe, and all the other ancient games that made me a Mac person.

I've been a mac user since 2003. Before then I had been a hardcore PC gamer and all I knew was Windows 2000/XP architecture and before that, DOS. I always used to look down on Macs and Apple thinking that they were the weaker computer all around.

And then I got really heavy into graphic design and video production in college. I really tried avoiding using Macs at my school until I finally had to take editing classes. From there on out, I learned how to do everything. I became part of the top of my class. I was in the mac editing labs pretty much 24/7, not only working on stuff, but helping people out for fun because I loved working on the system.

I bought my first macbook pro to edit on and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. It had become crowded in the school where you could barely find room in any of the labs. I used to sit out in the hallway with my MB Pro, camera for a tape deck, and an external hard drive to make my own portable editing suite. While interning for other production companies, the only machines that really seemed to work when I plugged in various equipment were the Mac computers. This solidified my loyalty to the Mac platform. After college I finally got my dream 17 inch Macbook pro and haven't looked back since.

My brain had adapted to the OS X platform so much though, that when I was forced back on to a PC at work, I had no idea where anything was anymore... it also did not help that they were using Vistas (which is also keeping me a loyal mac user).
My brother retains being the PC guy of the family while I'm the Mac guy. It makes for interesting thanksgivings.

Anyways, I wish Apple a great 25 more years, and a hope for Steve Jobs speedy recovery.

I got my first Mac when I started college in 2007, a MacBook Pro. I was excited that I could use both Mac OS X and Windows because I was more familiar with Windows. As I used it I found myself using less Windows and more Mac OS X. Today, I use Mac OS X about 95% of the time. Since then, my parents have bought an iMac and I have two iPods and an iPhone.

My first experience with a Mac was back in '87 with a game called Labyrinth. I used to sit in a computer lab with a Mac on my right and an IIE on my left. I'd program small text games and then take breaks to play games on the revolutionary Mac! I took a break for a few years but am back in the fold now with a nice MBP and OSX. It's been quite a trip!

My friend Jon L got me to switch to Macs. My first Mac being the one i am typing on now, a 15' MacBook Pro, I got for Christmas of 2007. My family had always used windows that is of course after DOS, and my mother used macs at her office until they threw windows at them in the early years of Apple vs Microsoft.

Now I really had little knowledge of Macs before I started hanging out with Jon and his Powerbook g4 running tiger. I loved OS X so much I hackintoshed my PC, oh the OS x86 project.. I miss, well never mind I really don't. I got my pro running tiger but seeing how i had the free upgrade to leopard i did install it, and i have NEVER had any issues with leopard outside of an occasional oh crap that's for Windows moment. I did kernel panic a macbook once, I tried exporting over 2,000 images from Quicktime to the desktop and when i realized what i was doing i tried to quit ending in a kernel panic.

All and all, I am a proud Mac user, MacBook Pro 15' and an iPhone. My mother has a new nano and my sister a iPod video.

I'm happy I switched, but with the switch i had to find something else to do on the weekends besides reformat ,take apart, virus scan, and scream, with my PC.