My Favorite Apple

Apple Computer Collection Nightmare

Written By: Scott - Mar• 30•14

Apple RoomMy entire Apple computer and Mac memorabilia collection was gone.

All my old computers, Apple history library of magazines from the 80′s and hard to find old computer books disappeared. Even my Apple note pad and mug collection were gone. All my Apple/Mac extensive t-shirt collection was no more, along with everything else. Now I’ll give you this- not everything in my collection is so rare, that it is irreplaceable, but a lot of the items are in excellent condition, like new- many were still in their factory sealed boxes and had never been opened. For those items it is the condition that makes them such that I’d probably never be able to duplicate what I had.

If you visit MyFavoriteApple you know my home office serves dual purposes- a place I can escape to do whatever work I want to when I’m home and then a place to display my Mac/Apple collection (I jokingly call it my Mac Museum).

Apple RoomAs a collector I learned long ago if you can’t see, and thus enjoy, the items in your collection, then why the heck even have them. Been there, done that. Having your drawers and closets chocked full or boxes stuffed with your “valuables” ain’t no fun. Now granted, I don’t play with my Apples, although I did have power outlets and holes for power cords drilled in the shelves when I had my built-ins installed back a few years ago, but even still I don’t go around turning them on.

Here’s where the nightmare comes in. No, it wasn’t a fire that wiped out my collection or a thief who broke in and stole it, but the result was the same. My entire collection gone- years of hunting and acquiring the Apples of my eye were down the drain. My office was wiped clean. Nothing remained- not even a poster left on the wall-and I was devastated. Think about how that would feel. Well, that’s how I felt- shocked, devastated and totally pissed off.

Here’s the story-

I woke up and put on my robe. As I was tying its belt I noticed the robe was yellow. Thought it was odd, but didn’t think too much more about it then…you see my robe is blue, not yellow. So, as I was finishing tying on my belt I was out of my bedroom and walking down the hall. Immediately, I discovered my wife had our house gutted. Not just emptied of our furniture, but I’m talking even all the interior walls were gone. It looked like one big empty commercial office before it’s built out. A shell.

Looked something like this

Looked something like this

Next to our bedroom is my Mac Museum. There I saw nothing. Just the exterior walls. It was wiped clean. No Apple anything. Even the built-ins I had installed special for my Mac collection were gone. I remember now my first thought was WTF! I turned and saw some guys way down at the other end of the house. They were painters my wife hired to gut and then redo the entire interior. I marched straight towards them. Mad as hell. Where the heck was my Apple stuff, I remember thinking as I approached them. I noticed one of them was on his cell and I overheard him say, “We have a problem, I’ve got to go” and he hung up.

Once I was to the guys I asked, “What the heck did y’all do with all my Apple stuff? It was down there in my office.”  One of them spoke up and said they didn’t know where the stuff was. Then he tells me a different crew gutted the house and probably were the ones who removed the stuff from my office. I remember my mind flooded with thoughts of suing them. I just lost $100,000 worth of Apple stuff (which it really isn’t worth anything like that anyway).

Then he tried to be helpful and said they probably hauled it to the dump and maybe put some in storage, somewhere. I could just imagine trying to dig around the dump to find the stuff.

I was livid. Completely unglued. Could not believe what was happening. My entire Apple/Mac collection was gone.

…and then I woke up.

 

 

A house full of Macs

Written By: Scott - Feb• 27•14

One of the benefits of having a large family is Macs get added to my Apple computer collection faster than if they were only added when I get new ones.

For me, I have a combo of both old and new as my/our everyday machine…I still count any Mac used by my family (there are 6 of us) as mine and will ultimately end up in my collection. My company has a marketing dept that uses Macs and from time to time, I inherit one from there too.

We all know the routine- get a new Mac and add the old one to my collection, well that’s the way it is supposed to work anyway.

Right now, my home set-up is a 2011 15″ MacBook Pro, and while I do carry it back and forth to my office, when I’m home I hook it up to my old 2006 antique 30″ Cinema Display with wireless keyboard and mouse. For my casual surfing and when I’m on the road, I use my iPad 4 with retina display.

 

Kim loves Boze's blackmac

Love at first site

My wife still uses her 2008 Black MacBook and I’m dying to add it to my collection-it is too cool. When her first Mac, a white MacBook, was only a year old a friend of mine came over my house showing off his brand new black MacBook. And even though my wife really didn’t like computers, her mouth hit the floor when she saw his black laptop (she’d never seen a black Mac before), so I surprised her with one soon after. At the time it is was a souped up machine too. She also has a iPad 3 she uses to read books on.

My iMac, her laptop, but my iPad :)

My iMac, her laptop, but my iPad :)

My oldest daughter uses her 2010 MacBook Pro, but she absconded with our previous family computer, a 2006 20″ white iMac G-4 before I could add it to my Mac Museum. She also uses our (THE) original iPad, but just the other day I found it laying around the house and grabbed it for my collection.

My son uses a 2010 MacBook Pro.

My middle daughter has a 2011 MacBook Air.

My youngest daughter uses her 2013 iPad Mini and my wife’s older white 2006 MacBook,  but she heads off to college this fall and the understanding is that they get a new Apple laptop then. So the good news is at least I’ll finally get that 2006 model for my collection.

Aluminum iMacAlso, our family communal computer is a 2009 20″ iMac G-5- Aluminum. I’d take it as my everyday home machine, but love my older cinema display too much.

Needless to say we all have iPhones too, but it took me forever to finally convert my son away from his Droid.

And so when I need to buy someone in the family a new machine I have an ulterior motive that helps me dig into my pocket, provided they didn’t tear the older one up, and that is I get another one for my collection.

Leander Kahney’s Biography on Jony Ive

Written By: Scott - Feb• 08•14

Jony IveWhether you are an old Mac Head or a new Apple fan, you’ll love Jony Ive- The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.

I’ll admit, I’m not typically into biographies and haven’t even finished Steve Jobs. I prefer the history of the early days of Apple instead..and in case you are still picking yourself off the floor that I haven’t finished Isaacson’s book about Steve. The reason is I already know Steve. And while I will probably pick up a couple of interesting factoids, Steve was my inspiration, my hero-like figure, and I have a picture of him developed over 20 years, so I don’t want some erroneous statement to change my view.

Now Jony’s biography, on the other hand, is one I thought I’d eventually read. I didn’t pre-order it when it was first announced, but thought it might be interesting. I’ve always liked Jony and felt he provided Apple the emotion behind the products once Steve returned to Apple. I decided to do the hardcopy instead of the ebook, and thank goodness I did, because it’s a keeper.

cultofmacI am a fan of Leander and his book The Cult of Mac is one of my all time favorites. He’s been close to Apple for decades and someone who I view as an authority on Apple (as opposed to Isaacson who is a simply a historian-type writer).

Once I got through Jony’s early days and the influences on his life, the book changed into a page turner for me. Apple knows how to make people love their products, feel strong passion, akin to obsession, and view their products as just cool. It is Jony and his design team who causes us to connect with their machines. You’d think they were puppies or kittens, the way we feel about them- like either extensions of ourselves or an object we feel a very strong affection for…some liken this strong affection to almost an erotic attraction (even Jony believes a computer can be sexy). Regardless of how I describe it, Jony and the Industrial Design Group are the ones who create the magic to a piece of machinery making them personal.

The aspect I found fascinating about Leander’s account of the master innovator is he takes us behind the scenes of most of the iconic products Apple has produced. Apple’s we know- the iMacs (starting with Bondi Blue iMac G-3), iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Leander does an excellent job of helping the reader understand how Apple is design driven. The way we interact with the machines, as well as how it looks and functions is what starts the “inventing a new product” process, instead of the engineers and number crunchers determining a new product.

I don’t normally do many book reviews, but the fans of Apple will love Leander’s book about Jony.

Different strokes for different folks

Written By: Scott - Feb• 02•14

Only as a follow-up to my totally random post- One Big Holiday and My Apple iDevices, here’s the essence of my week last week. And, no, I didn’t record this video as I was busy…probably somewhere in front of the guy who did. :)

One Big Holiday and My Apple iDevices

Written By: Scott - Jan• 25•14

IMG_1552I love the fact the Apple is still rolling out new products. If you frequent MyFavoriteApple you know my Apple collection is made up of their products from the 1980s and 90s. And yet, the other exciting aspect is they didn’t go out of business years ago, but are continuing to invent new ones.

While you don’t see much here on their newer and more current computers and iDevices, I don’t think you’ll be surprised I use these Apple products everyday and to be without them would drive me crazy.

Here’s where this is heading- to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Yeap, at the crack of dawn tomorrow, my Bride and I are heading out for a  music-filled week with our favorite band, My Morning Jacket, down at the Hard Rock Resort there.

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While I don’t frequently travel out of the US, this 4 night concert was a once and a lifetime event. No, we are not quite groupies, but we do actively follow our favorite music guys from Louisville, Kentucky.

I’ve heard and read nightmare stories of exorbitant data charges incurred by unsuspecting folks who continue to use their devices like they normally do when they home, so last week I headed straight to the local AT&T store. They hooked me up with voice, text and data plans so I can continue to use my iPhone 5 like I typically do. I also got a data plan so I can stay connected online for my iPad 4. And while I could have simply used the resort’s WiFi, I researched and learned it can be spotty, and I want a connection when I want connection…know what I mean?

The thought of being offline and unconnected for an entire week gave me the sweats. And while I don’t know if my need to be connected is normal, I kinda think it is more normal than not, I find myself constantly looking at and using my mobile communications devices Apple thankfully invented. Even though I’ll be at MMJ’s concerts four nights straight and up until the wee hours in the morn, I gotta have my phone and iPad handy. I take tons of pictures and listen to my music library all the time, so I’m ecstatic I will be online and fully operational using the wonderful inventions Apple knew I’d want.

Adios!

Happy Birthday Macintosh

Written By: Scott - Jan• 24•14

Mac is 30 today.

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I’ll update this post linking Mac’s 30th anniversary stories from across the web.

Apple’s own tribute to Macintosh

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Steve unveils Macintosh

Remembering 30 Years Of Mac, This Week On The CultCast

Apple’s Original “1984″ Macintosh Commerical

The Macintosh Is 30, and I Was There for It’s Birth, by Steven Levy

The Macintosh And 30 Years Of Changing How We Think About Our Work- Forbes

Great List of Macintosh Links- Everything You Need To Know About Mac’s 30th Birthday-Cult of Mac

What the first Macintosh ad looked like- TUAW

30 Apple people who made the Mac- Macworld UK

Apple executives on the Mac at 30: The Mac keeps going on forever-Macworld

Original Mac designer Susan Kare on how everyday objects made computing personal-thenextweb

Original Macintosh Commercials-Mac30th.com

And while not in celebration of Mac’s 30th B’day, per se, but an excellent all around Macintosh favorite by Andy Herzfeld.

And last but not least, if you wonder what all the hoopla is about- this picture tells the story, totally.

Now which would you rather try to use between the IBM PC (left, OBVIOUSLY) or Macintosh (right :) )

Now which would you rather try to use between the IBM PC (left) or Macintosh (right :) )

Photo Credit: Norman Seeff (Steve and Macintosh), Mac’s graphical user interface vs IBM PC’s: tuaw.com

The First Apple by Bob Luther

Written By: Scott - Jan• 19•14

the first AppleLast night I finished the first Apple, written by Apple-1 collector Bob Luther. While it started a bit slow and I was surprised at the book’s format, but by midway, the interview style it was written in hooked me. Now don’t expect a page turner, we’re talking about computer history here.

Bob came by an Apple 1 and his curiosity took him on a trip back in time to learn as much about the facts around the Apple 1, and whether or not the claims about his Apple 1 were true.  No spoiler alert needed here. His plot was enough to keep me moving through the book, but it was several of the book’s characters that intrigued me the most.

The other aspect of the book I like is it’s not the same ol’ same ol’- at the risk of sounding sacrilegious…you know the same early guys recounting their spin on those first days. The glue that held the book together for me was the collector interviews, even though they were conducted in the context of the Apple 1 and Bob trying to find out about the history of his machine.

His interviews I found the most interesting range from a rich guy who paid one of the highest prices for an Apple 1 to Apple collectors who have warehouses full of old machines. I loved the interview format that book was written in because you can gleam interesting tales not totally germane to the plot, as well as hear how crazy these collectors are. All collectors are a bit weird and these guys are the pinnacle of crazy and I love it. Another guy Bob interviewed was like the biggest broker of Apple 1s. His story is extremely interesting too.

The book was definitely worth the read. If you are an Apple history fan and/or a collector, you will enjoy it.

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Side note, Woz was onto the Apple II in a blink after the Apple 1. The popularity of the Apple 1 provided Steve and Steve some seed money to help get their infant company to the next phase. Think about it- only 200 Apple 1s were apple milestonesmade. Only 200. And while the two Steves and company were fulfilling the Btye Store order of 50, the design of the II was already in Woz’s head. It was the II that propelled Apple into the stratosphere of the fastest growing company in the history of the US.

The Apple 1 sold beginning in July 1976 (it was discontinued in October 1977). The Apple II was introduced in April 1977 and began shipping in June. Not to take anything away from the Apple 1, but without the huge success of the Apple II, there would be no Macintosh, no iPod, no iPhone, no iPad. The company would have disappeared as did all of the other early computer models that started in the late 1970s.

 

 

 

The Apple Collection

Written By: Scott - Jan• 17•14
Collecting all things Apple @ myfavoriteapple.com

Collecting all things Apple @ myfavoriteapple.com

 

Playing around with Photo Wall app

Macintosh Compact All-in-one Computers

Written By: Scott - Jan• 11•14

You know a fun direction collectors can take with their Apple computer collection? The complete line of Macintosh all-in-ones.

macintoshJust what are these all-in-ones? Well, they are computers with the display built into the computer, as opposed to the computers designed to be placed under or beside the monitor. My favorite all-in-one is the original Macintosh from 1984.

I absolutely love the older upright units- they reek with personality. These little machines represented the beginning of Apple’s personal computer revolution and are dinosaur-looking compared to the supper cool, uber-thin Apple all-in-ones of today.

Color Classic & Fat Mac

Color Classic & Fat Mac

Of course, ultimately, a decision will need to be made if you want the complete line or simply a subset, namely the older upright, beige boxy ones, like the Mac, Color Classic and Fat Mac pictured.

Collectors and Apple history buffs know Apple continued to innovate and roll out different models of the all-in-one as they “modernized” them (see Apple’s compete line in chart below). Just take the current iMac as an example, and yes, Apple is still producing the all-in-one design.

LC 520 Mac

LC 520 Mac

The way I see it though is with the introduction of the Macintosh LC 520, Apple totally changed the design to bring their one piece computers into the 1990s. But prior to this model, the all-in-ones followed a similar pattern of the boxy compact design of old.

Steve and iMac

Steve and iMac

The other consideration is if you go for all one piece Apples, you will end up with at least 37 models and variations (not counting all the wonderful flavors (13) of the iMac G3…you many remember this particular machine began Apple’s turnaround after Steve returned). The number of models comes into play when you consider space to display and the amount of money you’re willing to spend.

For me, the older Macs provoke strong feelings of nostalgia and provide a collector with a clean and very definable direction. Another reason for staying with just the older ones is there are only 14, as I count them, to collect.

Let’s look at these particular machines from a high-level.

Complete line of Apple compact all-in-one Macs

Complete line of Apple compact all-in-one Macs

As I see it the older ones are broken down into four “families”- the 128, Lisa, SE, Classic and Color Classic. The 128: the original Macintosh, the Fat Mac, 512e and Macintosh Plus; the Lisa: Lisa, Lisa II and XL; the SE: the original SE, SE FDHD and SE/30; the Classic: the original Classic and Classic II; the Color Classic: the original Color Classic and Color Classic II.

This approach focuses on the earliest Apple compact all-in-ones, and, with the exception of the Lisa, stays within the similar design, although there are variations, but from a bird’s eye view they generally have a similar design pattern (color, footprint, screen size and style). Also, from my  point of view, it would be easy to set aside the Lisa group and decide later if you want to add her or not. Why?

The Lisa models are harder to find and are very expensive, plus, while she is still an all-in-one, she isn’t so much a vertical model like the other all-in-ones.

As of now, I have a few of the early compact all-in-ones, and not so much all their variations. I have the original Macintosh, the Fat Mac (512k), the SE Superdrive and the more curvaceous Color Classic, but also have the totally different style Macintosh TV,  iMac G-3, iMac G-4-Flat panel and the iMac G-5. Aside from simply wanting the first two Macintoshes, I grabbed the others in order to have one of each new design, which is even a totally different approach. I also have the first Aluminum iMac, but my kids are still using it, for now… :)

All-in-one Macs

All-in-one Macs

Sources: Wikipedia,  Photo Credit: Apple-History.com