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My first Mac was...
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: January 24, 2014 09:58AM
I don't remember seeing a thread like this here, and since it's Mac's 30 birthday (close), I thought about my first Mac. So, how about you? What year, what model Mac was your first?

Ok, for me it was:

1, 1986
2. Mac Plus



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: archipirata
Date: January 24, 2014 10:05AM
Mac Classic II, 1993





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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 24, 2014 10:08AM
Performa 200 (Mac Classic II), on clearance, from Sears, 1993ish.
Had a Laser 128 (wikipedia link) clone of the Apple II in 1989, which I personally count as my entry into the Apple cult.



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: January 24, 2014 10:08AM
First one I used at work was a Mac Plus in early 1988. The first one I kept was my Q700 in October 1992.



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: DP
Date: January 24, 2014 10:09AM
I used my wife's IIsi for a while. The first Mac I bought was a Pismo which I think still works... A fellow forumite has it now but he may be too busy to mess with it.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: January 24, 2014 10:11AM
Bought: 1990
1989 SE FDHD
(used)

Usedtace
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Buck
Date: January 24, 2014 10:12AM
512K, and soon after 512Ke.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: MEG
Date: January 24, 2014 10:13AM
Spring 1987, bought my first Mac SE
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: abevilac
Date: January 24, 2014 10:13AM
Mac SE in 1987. Still have it and it still works.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Randalls
Date: January 24, 2014 10:19AM
Centris 610
[Apple-history.com]
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: January 24, 2014 10:21AM
March, 1984.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: January 24, 2014 10:23AM
1986 - Mac Plus. Still have and it works.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: tlh828
Date: January 24, 2014 10:23AM
SE/30 1999. Great machine.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: tlh828
Date: January 24, 2014 10:24AM
1991 vice 1999!
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 24, 2014 10:27AM
Early 1996, a Performa 6300.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 24, 2014 10:28AM
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Randalls
Centris 610
[Apple-history.com]

mine too, then 2 months later the Quadra 610 came out -- with double the ram and hard drive, 5mhz more CPU and a *dedicated* FPU. banghead smiley



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 24, 2014 10:36AM
Family first; Mac Classic, 1991.
First of my own? Hand-me-down LCIII, in '96 (I think).

PowerComputing PowerCenter 150 followed it...
Then a PowerMac 8500, later with G3 Card (still have the scars from disassembling the 8500 so many times to get everything right...)



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: January 24, 2014 10:37AM
How about back even further. Here's my running list smiling smiley

Apple //e 1982
Apple //GS 1986
Mac IIcx 1989
Mac IIsi 1991
PowerBook 140 1992
PowerBook 165c 1993
PowerMac 8100 1994
PowerBook 540c 1995
PowerMac 6100 1995
PowerMac 9500 1995
PowerBook 3400c 1997
20th Anniversary Macintosh 1999 (Bought after discontinued, still have, still working, still stops people in their tracks to look at in my office...)
PowerBook G3 Lombard 1999
PowerBook G3 Pismo 1999
PowerMac G4 (Sawtooth) 1999
PowerMac G4 Cube (2000) (still working)
PowerBook G4 500MHz 2001
PowerBook G4 17" 2003
PowerMac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors 2003
PowerBook G4 17" 2004
PowerMac G5 2005
MacBook Pro 17" 2006
Mac mini 2006
MacBook Pro 17" 2008
MacBook Pro 17" 2009
Mac mini 2009
iMac 27" 2010
MacBook Pro 17" 2011
Mac mini 2012



Good Luck!
Jamie Dresser
Other World Computing
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: JoeH
Date: January 24, 2014 10:37AM
First I owned was a Mac SE FDHD with a 20 MB HD that was bought in late '90 or early '91. Before that I had used various models of Mac II's and did briefly use an original Mac.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: billb
Date: January 24, 2014 10:42AM
Mac 128k at work

performa 475 at home

first laptop at work 100
first laptop of my own PB1400 (cs i think )


still have the 1400, box, original top covers



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 24, 2014 10:44AM
So now we are making lists? Mine is bigger than yours? LOL RollingEyesSmiley5



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 24, 2014 10:48AM
I started with a Mac 512 upgraded to a plus. Retained the 400k drive and the 20mb serial hard drive. Slow slow slow but ever so cool at the time.

Prior to that I used a commodore 20 with a tape drive and then various versions of the apple II.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: lost in space
Date: January 24, 2014 10:55AM
Early 1983 prototype, a true Frankenstein of a Mac, all from scrounged parts. I could only find a bare, unpopulated logic board (but it had the the cool Macintosh Man logo on it!), so I had to scrounge all the components and solder them in by hand, which took weeks. I couldn't believe it when it actually worked, especially the Twiggy floppy. Later, I got a vendor sample FD from Sony and hacked up the case to accommodate it. In my ignorance, I dumped it for a "real" Mac 128K the first chance I got. Hate to think what it would have been worth today. It was a fun project, though, as many at Apple were in those days.

If I recall, my first Mac at home might have been a Plus. I still have a 512 and the Plus, both working. My son had a birthday with his Minecraft geek buddies. They were going to play Minecraft, but flipped out when they saw the old Macs and the boxes of game floppies. They never did get to Minecraft. I was pleased.



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: January 24, 2014 10:57AM
Performa 6200

It wasn't the best, but it was much better at doing modern things than the Commodore 128 it replaced.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 24, 2014 10:58AM
The first one I bought: a Mac IIci, with 9MB of RAM and a whopping 120MB hard drive plus an Extended II Keyboard (another $175). I think it came to $3,800. I took out a loan from my 401K to pay for it. It lived for at least 15 years.

The first Mac I used may have been a Mac Plus. We got it at work in 1986, along with a Linotronic 100 system and Pagemaker 1.5. That was replaced fairly soon by a Mac SE, which was replaced by two Mac II's. It was a big deal to be able to get a 240 MB APS external hard drive for the Mac II I used. Until we got that, I sometimes had to uninstall applications to have enough room for jobs on the 40MB internal HD. The APS external was "only" about $500.

I remember the fun of backing up my jobs at work, first to DD floppies, then to 1.44 floppies.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 24, 2014 11:00AM
1987 Macintosh Plus - purchased used from a co-worker, WITH a license for Aldus Pagemaker for $500. Eventually purchased a La Cie external hard drive for $500. Da Plus died in 1993 when the second flyback transformer went nuclear and melted a hole through the board, and the CRT windings got a bit melted. I got lucky and picked up an SE/30, also used for $500. Then later a Radius Pivot color monitor and SE/30 card. For $500.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Wags
Date: January 24, 2014 11:02AM
Does this count?



OK, IIsi, I know, always late to the party.

PS - I really did get Micky D's for 15¢, and that was about the last one I ever had, too.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: surfer33
Date: January 24, 2014 11:07AM
Macintosh SE-20
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: mstudio
Date: January 24, 2014 11:09AM
Classic, 1990. A week later I bought a used llci because my wife and I were fighting over the Classic. At the time I thought computers were evil but finally jumped in. The rest, as they say, is history. I still have the Classic.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 24, 2014 11:12AM
Guy,

My first Mac.... Mac 128K in 1984. 'course, I've owned and used a _slew_ of models since then but that was the first.

My first Apple computer was an Apple II+ in 1979. It was upgraded with a 16k card and a Videx Enhancer. We also used a 300 baud modem with it. Initially, it had just a cassette deck for data but we eventually purchased 2 qty 5-1/4" floppy drives for it.

Robert
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 24, 2014 11:12AM
Quote
GuyGene
My first Mac was...

Very, very expensive.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 24, 2014 11:16AM
512ke with the 20 meg external hard drive.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: January 24, 2014 11:19AM
1985, I think, regular old SE. We soon got a massive upgrade in the way of a "built in" hard drive(1mb?). It was a big deal not to have to load 2 floppies to do anything! Plus a tractor feed black and white printer... Imagewriter, I think. I always wanted a fancy color monitor but never got one for that machine.

I still have them, but am pushing myself to get rid of things I don't use that much...
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: flightdelayedagain
Date: January 24, 2014 11:23AM
1990 - Used SE came with a carry case and an Image Writer ll. Think I paid $800.00
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: 3d
Date: January 24, 2014 11:28AM
A Power Computing beige tower.

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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: haikuman
Date: January 24, 2014 11:29AM
1994 Mac IIcx given to me by a good friend *(:>*



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: modelamac
Date: January 24, 2014 11:40AM
Apple IIe in 1982

kept using it even after I got my Power Center (used) in 1999.
G4 Quicksilver that I modified the hell out of
MB core duo in 2006
mini -2009
MBP i7 in 2011
mini - 2012



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you could just rip off your diaper and
just run around naked and everyone
thought it was so cute and funny?


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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Forrest
Date: January 24, 2014 11:53AM
Centris 660AV - 1993
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: msglee
Date: January 24, 2014 11:54AM
First Mac, Performa 6360

First Apple, lle



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: decay
Date: January 24, 2014 11:58AM
first one i used was the Drexel University labeled Mac 128.

first one i bought (used) was a PowerMac 6100.

first Mac laptop I bought (used) was a Powerbook 5300c.



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: SurfMacJpMtb
Date: January 24, 2014 11:59AM
1. 1984
2. Mac 512K - Fat Mac

Purchased with an ImageWriter printer from the CSULB Book Store

I later had it upgraded to a Mac Plus

I used this computer for eight years and still have it in the Apple carrying bag. The last time I checked it still works.

Happy 30th!



Long time Mac user



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: john dough
Date: January 24, 2014 11:59AM
SE/30 in 1988. Paid $2450 cash for it. Fantastic machine for its time.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 24, 2014 12:00PM
1968





Sometimes it is what it is...
and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: TLB
Date: January 24, 2014 12:03PM
Mac SE/30 from a pawn shop in 1992. Got is for steal because the shop couldn't sell "stupid Mac stuff". It was pawned by a musician and had a MacRecorder/ SoundEdit16 system that recorded 2 channels through both serial ports. I sold the sound digitizer system for more than half of what I paid for the entire package.
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: celliott
Date: January 24, 2014 12:08PM
1986- Mac 512ke
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: CW2V
Date: January 24, 2014 12:10PM
Apple IIe before I realized it was not what I needed. Eventually got a PowerTower Pro. Still have it.

CW2V
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: illustratton
Date: January 24, 2014 12:16PM
1986 - Mac Plus, followed by a Macintosh IIfx
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: Z
Date: January 24, 2014 12:19PM
Not including the Apple II models used in grade school, a used 512ke with a MacChimney Kengsington System Saver for christmas from my parents in 1988 or 1989. Still have it tucked away in the attic. Ahh, dark castle with christmas trees instead of soldiers guarding the entrance.

Good times.

Since then..

LC
PM6500
Newton 100
Bondi iMac
G3/266
Couple of toilet seat iBooks
iBook G3
iBook G4
Various SE/SE30/ci/Plus/other even then vintage models that needed a good home
iMac G5 17"
iMac White C2D 24"
iMac i5 27"



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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 24, 2014 12:20PM
Teardown of 128k mac, [ifixit.org]
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Re: My first Mac was...
Posted by: zachdog
Date: January 24, 2014 12:20PM
I bought a used Mac SE in college and upgraded the processor to a 68030 and math coprocessor a year or two later.

Then...
Centris 610 (upgraded with a QuadDoubler to 40 MHz!)
Power Mac 7100, upgraded to a G3 via Newer Tech
Power Mac 7600, upgraded to a G3 via Newer Tech
G3 B&W, 400MHz, upgraded the ZIF to something faster
PowerBook G3 400 MHz, upgraded to 500 MHz G4 via Newer Tech
G4 Quicksilver 867
PowerBook G4 1GHz
Wind Tunnel G4 with 1GHz dual processors
MacBook Pro 1st generation 15"
G5 Tower dual 2GHz
Black 13" MacBook with Core 2 Duo
iMac 20" Intel 1st generation
MacBook Pro 2.66 i7 15"
iMac 20" Core 2 Duo
MacBook Pro 2.3 quad i7 15"
iMac 20" 3.6 i5
MacBook retina 2.6 i5 13"

So that's 18 machines, plus a few work machines that I worked on as well.
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