This is a three part series about my history with the personal computer.
The Move to Apple
In 2005, I had a friend talk me into getting a Mac. I got the 12" Powerbook G4. Until I my most recent computer, I considered this to be the greatest computer I had ever owned. The size was perfect and the battery life was great. In 2006, Apple actually replaced the battery as a part of a warranty recall. This was also when I started using RSS and discovered NetNewsWire.
In 2006, I was given a black MacBook to use at work. I really didn't do much on it other than use Office and Safari (This was before the Mac had Exchange support, so I had to use Outlook Web Access).
In 2008, I bought the original unibody MacBook (this was the only aluminum MacBook ever released). It came with Leopard and 2 GB of RAM. I upgraded to 4 GB a few months later. The only issue we had with this Mac was the trackpad started to misbehave. I eventually had to replace it (out of warranty).
In 2009, I started my current job as the IT Director of a private school in Chattanooga, TN. I got a 13" MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM and a 2.53 Core 2 Duo processor. I waited for prices to drop and upgraded the RAM to 8 GB. It came with a 320 GB hard drive, but I eventually upgraded it to 1 TB.
In March of 2013, I upgraded to a 13" MacBook Air (the 2012 model). I have 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. This is the greatest computer I have used. It's the perfect balance of power and portability.
My generation is one of the last ones to remember "pre-internet". I remember buying tapes, then CDs, stealing music by using Napster, and now buying albums from iTunes. I look at the kids at my school and they've got no concept of how far we've come. A lot of them don't remember the world without the iPhone. Technology has changed a lot in the past 20 years, but it seems to be accelerating. What will the kids of today think about what is available in 2035?