I just watched the documentary “Welcome To Macintosh” which I purchased for $19.84 (plus tax and shipping from filmbaby.com) and I have to say that it was pretty great. Okay, they couldn’t get an interview with Steve Jobs, but whatever. And, well, probably only Mac people would be so enthralled by this movie, but since I’m a Mac lover it brought me joy! What can I say? I’m not that hard to please! Why do Apple lovers love Apple and love to love Apple and love to talk about how they love Apple? Cult much? Meh! I’m not into cults at all, but I love my computer as much as it is possible to have a fondness for inanimate objects! I’m sorry. I can’t help it. My Mac is my portal to so much joy, you have no idea!
Oh, there are some good quotes in this movie. I love it when one of the people being interviewed (I can’t remember his name) said that engineers are basically brain dead and they need to get girlfriends…he went on to say that he was trying to become an ex-engineer! lol To be fair, he was talking about a time when the engineering department made a computer with a huge magnet next to the hard drive that was linked with the sound in some way so that every time a sound was played the entire drive crashed! OMG! And they SHIPPED this product!?! CRAZY!
Well, this film didn’t really interview the head honchos or anything. As I said, no Steve Jobs. Also no Steve W. or a host of other top people. Mostly they interviewd people who work/ed there and were/are fans of Apple.
I have to admit that I really don’t like PCs and Windows and people who are all wild about Linux are just computer geeks and like to type a lot I think. Well, actually, I think that Linux users are people who generally like to really customize their computers and want every piece of software for free. Windows users just don’t know any better and Mac users know that design matters. PCs have gotten better over the years, as have Macs, but Macs are still by far and away my favorite. And well, I have to admit that Apple’s decision to go with a unix-based OS with OS X was a brilliant decision! OS X is ten million times better than any OS before it! Macs are simply a joy these days. I get hives from PCs.
Anyway, I wanted to write this little bit, because when I was watching the movie I remembered when I first unveiled my G5 iMac to my parents and they were like “So, where’s the computer? Where’s the big box?” It was brilliant! Now, I know that Apple still makes a big box G5 and everything, but I had to chuckle when I said “There is no box. This is it. This is the computer. The whole thing is in this giant screen.” My poor parents. They looked at me like I was on Mars. They try so hard with computers, they really do. And you know, just when they really get to understanding something about computers something weird will come at them like: There is no computer there, but that there is the computer! lol “What do you mean the computer is in the screen?!?”
Okay, so they seriously think I am crazy with my computer gear. My dad has nicknamed my Airport Extreme Base Station “The Airporter,” and my family is still wondering why I haven’t thrown away my Beige G3 that is sitting around collecting dust. I can’t bear to throw it away. I was planning on getting stuff off of it, but never really got around to it. I’d still like to fire the thing up, because I’m pretty sure it works.
Let’s just say that my fondness for computers goes way back. I think I was in 5th grade when I first played with an Apple computer. It was the greatest thing ever! I even went to a brief computer camp when I was young and they taught us to program little things with BASIC. It was sooooo much fun, but I never really learned to program after that until I took a couple of programming courses in college that really have served to make me appreciate engineering and CS jokes a lot more! Since my mom worked for the school, they allowed her to check the computer out on weekends so we could play with it at home. I really can’t believe she lugged that thing back and forth for us so much! Thanks mom! Anyway, I always wanted a computer, but we could never afford one. Then it must have been 1995 when I got my first computer–a notebook PC clone thingy. I think it still runs too. I have it around here somewhere. You can’t do much with it, but it had a 2600 modem and I thought I was really rockin’ when I could telnet! It was before web browsers were readily available and I remember that someone sent me a web e-greeting and I didn’t know how to retrieve it. I don’t think I even knew what a web browser was!!! lol Kids today would just laugh at that I know!
Ah, my first notebook was cool at the time, but it was a black and white display and I don’t know what brought me to turning to the Mac. Maybe providence. Or the fact that the school bookstore was selling Macs at discounted rates! lol So, I remembered all of those fun days back in school with the Apple computers and I decided to go for the Mac. I fell in love again and I really don’t want to ever go back to a PC! Why? Because the world isn’t made up of big boxes, Virginia! There really is a Santa out there and Santa uses a Mac! lol