It's strange that I've had a long relationship to Apple's products - or perhaps not if you're a believer and consider their reach unremarkable...

Growing up in Nairobi, a missionary's kid next door had an Apple IIc he'd occasion to let me use (more often I'd simply watch him using it). A few years later, I spent time in my high school computer classes using Apple IIe computers - for the most part it was typing but I had moments of the extracurricular.

My freshman year of college (1993), after many months hovering around the computer store, drooling and daydreaming, a family gifted my sister and I with a Powerbook 160. The little Powerbook that could took us through the college years although by the end it was on its last legs -

... after which I took a long departure from the Apple universe. I began working with PCs and forgot how much fun it was to pick icons, leverage a trackball, and use the Finder.

After talking my boss into it, however, a year ago I got the priviledge of using Macs again with a company owned, David leveraged iBook G4. It's still a foreign environment but it's nice to return to - especially last week after my HP laptop needed to be reinstalled after catching a virus.

All this to post that there is this interesting graphic of Macs in time, with most of my old friends along the way.



Agreed, "privilege" is an appropriate word. After a stretch of 20 years (since my stepsister had one) I've been poring through my own Mac for a couple years now. It's renewed my faith in the ability of man to guide a machine, and not vice versa.