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Monday, October 10th, 2011 by calixton

I never met Steve Jobs, but he changed the course of my life. When I entered college in the mid-’80s, I did so as an Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS) student. My high school counselor noted that I had taken our school’s computer classes and told me, “Computer programming would be a good field to go […]

PowerBook G4…

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 by calixton

…Thy name is “Titanium.” In 2001 Apple introduced its Titanium PowerBook G4. It was then, and remains now, my favorite laptop. The PowerBook G4 still wasn’t quite as fast as a desktop Power Mac G4, but it was much, much sexier. This batch of 2001 Apple ads really only cover two subjects: laptops and DVD […]


Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by calixton

…from the days before gigahertz. Another batch of Apple Computer ads from the late, great pages of MacAddict magazine. In the year 2000 we were still running laptops on 400MHz PowerPC G3s and desktops on 500MHz G4s. Just short of ten years later and smartphones—in this case, the iPhone 3G S—are running CPUs at 600MHz. […]

No more floppies…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 by calixton

…(of the data storage variety). More MacAddict-excised Apple ads from the late ’90s. Miss T actually had a Bondi blue iMac—her first computer! My first laptop was a PowerBook G3 like the one in the thumbnail above. Good times.

Thought different…

Sunday, December 13th, 2009 by calixton

…Apple ads from the ’90s. In an effort to create more clear, horizontal spaces in the house, I’ve taken the small step of throwing out a stack of old MacAddict magazines. The stack starts in the late ’90s, at the lowest point of Apple Computer, Inc.’s mindshare and stock price—Steve Jobs had just returned to […]

Macworld ’09…

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 by calixton

…last Thursday. Macworld Expo was last week, and last week was Apple’s final appearance at the Expo. Quite a bit has been written up about why Apple decided to bow out of the annual January event—the simple answers seem to be: Apple doesn’t need Macworld to generate “buzz” about its products—Apple products make their own […]

Max Pictures optimized for iPhone!…

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 by calixton

…well, we’ve got a customized home screen icon, at least. I’ve had an iPhone (3G) for just 20 days and I’m still learning how to use it. (Did you know this iPhone-thing is more than just a phone?) For example, one of my early-adopter 2G-owning coworkers pointed out that you can save Mobile Safari URLs […]

The view from seat 11A…

Friday, August 1st, 2008 by calixton

…on Virgin America. I dislike air travel. It’s not a fear of flying or anything. I guess I dislike commercial air travel. I don’t like having to get to the airport to meet the airline’s schedule, or dealing with the increasing luggage restrictions and TSA searches. I really don’t like how crowded and small coach […]

iPhone 3G is Go! …

Friday, July 11th, 2008 by calixton

…but not for everyone. And, by everyone, I mean, me. While I knew there would be lines around the block at the Apple retail stores, I held out some hope that the situation would be better at the decidedly unglamorous AT&T stores. Miss T and I made an early morning pass at the AT&T store […]

WWDC 2008 starts today!

Monday, June 9th, 2008 by calixton

And, what, exactly, is WWDC, you ask? WWDC is Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. And, why, exactly, should we care about Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, you ask? Macworld.com has some reasons. But, to save you a click, everyone is champing at the bit for iPhone 2, and WWDC seems like the likely candidate for the product […]