My First Mac(s)

On the 30th anniversary of the Mac, I thought I’d share my Mac using/buying history. I didn’t buy my first Mac until 2010, but I had been using them daily for a number of years leading up to that purchase. Here they are in chronological order:

PowerMac G3 Blue & White

During my first degree (Music Technology), I started using Macs quite a bit. I was doing a bit of web and graphics work for one of the departments using a blue and white PowerMac G3 and two massive CRT monitors.


The recording studio had a PowerMac G4 Quicksilver, and we were running Final Cut, Cubase, and ProTools on it.



During my term with the Acadia Institute for Teaching & Technology, I used a 12″ iBook which had a G3 processor.



Between 2003-2005, while studying for my B.Ed, I used a PowerMac G4 with Mirror Drive Doors to edit several video pieces.



When I started teaching high school, I had a classroom full of eMacs.



In the next couple of years, we got a few white Intel iMacs, including one for my desk.





The school also got a MacBook cart, and I used one of those here and there as well.



Finally, in 2010 I bought my first Mac – a 2010 MacBook Pro. It was a 15″ model with an anti-glare screen and a 2.53ghz i5 dual-core processor. I put a 7200rpm hard drive in it and upped the RAM to 8gb. It was a great machine.

The next year, however, I started my job at NSCC and was given a 2011 MacBook Pro to use. It’s my daily driver, and features a 2.0ghz quad-core i7 processor, 7200rpm drive, 8gb RAM, and it, too, is a 15″ model with an anti-glare screen.



I sold my 2010 MBP and bought the computer I’m currently typing this on – a 2011 27″ iMac. This machine has a 3.4ghz i7 quad-core processor, 12gb RAM, 1gb video, and I have a 1TB HDD and a 256gb SSD drive.

The SSD has breathed new life into this computer and I’ll be using it for years to come. I plan to buy a Thunderbolt RAID setup, which will make video and photo editing even faster.

After that? I have to say, the new Mac Pro is a thing of beauty. And I hear it’s kind of powerful as well…

The Mac has come a long way in 30 years, and after using every version of Windows from 3.1 through to 7, I have to say I hope Macs and OSX keep chugging away and selling enough for Apple to keep them around.


About Matt

My name is Matt. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am an educator, a photographer, and a lover of all things technology. Check out the About page for more information.

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