8.25.2011

THINK DIFFERENT



When I was young, my dad used to have an Apple IIe.

Sometimes I still type sort of unnecessarily hard - if you'd seen the IIe keyboard then you'd understand.

I still remember using the super boxy beige corded mouse to play Shufflepuck. You kids don't know about Shufflepuck.

In the mid 90's my brother got his hands on an external CD burner and hooked it up to his Mac Performa. He burned a 'mix CD' of all these random Wu-Tang, Busta Rhymes and DMX songs all on one disc and it blew my mind. Back then the blank CD's were still like $20 each.

When Matt and I were in High School we learned how to use Illustrator and Photoshop on Ruby iMacs. Well, I technically still don't really 'know' how to use Photoshop - but, you get the point.

In 2002, I used some scholarship money - thanks Lompoc Elks Lodge - to buy a white 13" G3 iBook. It wasn't really that long ago, but I can remember that they still had a lot of 'Switch to a Mac' sales brochures that assured people that they'd still be able to open Word docs if they worked up the courage to leave their PC's behind.

By the time I got out of college, everything had shifted. Everyone had iPods and they began trading in their virus-ridden Dells for MacBooks.

I can remember when they announced the introduction of the very first iPhone. There was a collective awe and curiosity as to what it would be actually be like. Nobody saw Angry Birds coming.

From $6 a share to $400 in the last 8 years - not a bad little run.

Anyway, thanks Steve.

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