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The Mac at 30: Tales from the Berkeley Mac Users Group
Before the Genius Bar and before Apple's own online forums, when the Mac was young and its users needed help, there were user groups: Part social clubs and part volunteer tech-support staffs, they disseminated tips, troubleshooting advice, news, and arguments about the Mac. They distributed...
Apple OS X surges in enterprise with maturing security
For seven of the past 30 years that the Mac has existed, Apple has been reinventing itself as the “post-PC” company, with its mobile operating system, iOS, and iPhones and iPads to run it. Yet Apple's changes in the Mac's OS X operating system and a crystallization of recent management and security...
Apple executives on the Mac at 30: 'The Mac keeps going forever.'
Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh, and we all learned why 1984 wasn't going to be like 1984. A lot has changed in 30 years, and yet even in as fast-moving a field as technology, Apple and the Mac are still here. A time traveler from 1984, fresh from Steve Jobs's introduction...
My journey from Macs to Mint
I saw the commercial. Buying a Mac would throw a rock through the window of mundane, non-graphical computing.
Macs revolutionized desktop publishing
Desktop publishing was the killer app that got me started with Macs.
The accidental Mac user
In 1990, I was a cub reporter at a small daily newspaper in Southwest Florida, and someone brought in a Macintosh computer to the editorial department. They asked, "Who knows how to use one of these?" I raised my hand, saying that I had used them for a short time in college (the journalism school...
Remembering Quark and AppleTalk, Netware and Gopher
The Apple Mac has played an important part of my professional journalism career for at least 20 of the years that I have been a writer. One Mac or another has been my main writing machine since 1990, and has been in daily use, traveling around the world several times and my more-or-less constant...
Apple's Mac: the Post-PC PC?
The Apple Mac, celebrating its 30th birthday Friday Jan. 24, is an anomaly wrapped in a paradox: the most successful personal computer ever with single-digit market share, from the company reinventing itself as the "post PC" leader, is likely to keep growing in the enterprise, even though Apple's...
I wrote the Macworld Networking Bible and it was good
My first Mac was a Mac 512K from the early 1980s, probably 1985. It replaced my Heathkit CP/M system, and when I went on business trips, that thing -- and an external hard drive, what a luxury -- traveled with me all over the country in a huge padded case.  
Mac and Windows compatibility through the decades
I’ve always been an agnostic in the religious wars between Mac and PC. Reaching across the aisle separating Steve Jobs from Bill Gates hasn't always been easy. But unlike trying to be bi-partisan in Congress, mixing Macs and PCs has actually gotten less complicated and less annoying over the...
How the Mac made a hacker out of me
As long as I can remember, I've had an interest in computer programming. I started tinkering as a kid back in the early 1980s with a TI-99-4A and Atari XL Series (remember those membrane keyboards?), Atari STs and Apple II's. Most of that was just goofy kid stuff, sorting baseball and hockey cards...
Mac at 30: A love/hate relationship from the support front
The Macintosh has influenced me in countless ways over the years. I was first introduced to computers way back in 1983, when I encountered a Commodore 64 at a friend's house. And from that moment forward, I had to have one. I incessantly begged and pleaded with my parents to buy a C64 for our home,...
Happy 25th birthday to Macintosh
Well, today is the day. Twenty-five years ago on this day, a much-younger Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to 3000 attendees at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. It was to be the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface...