My Favorite Apple

Apple QuickTake Camera Snapshot

Written By: Scott - Nov• 15•15

Did you know Apple was into digital cameras way before the iPhone? Yes, our favorite computer company ventured into helping us capture memories over 20 years ago. They produced a series of Apple QuickTake cameras beginning in 1994.Apple QuickTake 100

Apple produced one of the first digital cameras targeting consumers with the QuickTake line. The first model, the QuickTake 100, came out in 1994. It stored like 32 shots (320×240 res) and could be downloaded to any Mac. Then the next year Apple rolled out the QuickTake 150.

Both the 100 and 150 were huge cameras that looked more like binoculars. They were expensive too at $750 and $700, respectively.

Time Magazine featured the QuickTake Camera as one of the ALL-TIME 100 Gadgets from 1923 to the present (the article was written in 2010).

And then in 1997 Apple introduced the QuickTake 200. This was a much more compact camera that stored images on SmartMedia card. It cost $600 and was built by Fuji.

Pretty interesting stuff when you go back and read the history of digital photography. Kodak was right there, in fact, they produced the QuickTake 100 and 150 for Apple, but they were afraid digital photography would cannibalize its film business, and it did. They filed bankruptcy in 2012.

Apple both initiated the digital camera revolution 20 years ago and helped end it as well. Stewart Wolpin, Mashable.

You know me. I’m into Apple history so I added the 150 and 200 to my collection. I’d love to find an unused 100 one day for the complete line.

Apple QuickTake 150 and 200

Apple QuickTake 150 with box

Apple QuickTake 150

Apple QuickTake 150 in leather case

Apple QuickTake 150 box

Apple QuickTake 200

Apple QuickTake 200 rear

 

While I couldn’t find a comparison of the quality of the images of Apple’s cameras starting with the QuickTake line, I did from the original iPhone thru to the iPhone 6. Pretty clear they keep getting better and better.

QuickTake 100 Photo Credit. Time Magazine.

Not just another Apple Watch

Written By: Scott - Nov• 06•15

I’m thoroughly enjoying my new Apple Watch, but this “other” Apple Watch isn’t really an “Apple” watch; it isn’t smart and it isn’t a microcomputer or extension of my iPhone either. Nope, this one is special though and has a favored place in my collection.

We’ve talked about collectible Apple watches of old, those made during the late 80s and into the 90s. It is not one of those watches either. No, this one was a present from Apple Computer, Inc., and was given to an employee for his 10th year anniversary. His name was John Kushma and he joined on with Apple back in the Apple 10 year anniversary watchday-1986.

 Apple produced the Mac Plus, SE, IIc, SE/30, Classic I & II and the Color Classic during this 10 year period.

While I haven’t been able to find much out about John, I did find one jewel of a reference – his name is written in The Book! It’s So Far-The First 10 Years of a Vision, an Apple fan cult favorite.

The cool thing I like about the watch is the Apple logo, of course. The watch is a Bulova and the sticker on the presentation box dates it 25 – Sep – 96 (there is another date on the sticker on the bottom of the box and it reads: 10/17/96).
One day I might just break it out and wear it 🙂

Steve Job’s life in a cartoon

Written By: Scott - Nov• 01•15

QuartSoft released an animated biography of Jobs to thank him “for letting us enjoy the perfection of the products you created.” Enjoy!

 

Thanks Cult of Mac!

Captain Steve

Written By: Scott - Nov• 01•15

Apple-logo1I realize not all Apple fans follow their earning report calls- I get that. Apple is firing on all cylinders and Steve would be proud. And while you know I have a nostaligic leaning when it comes to Apple, last week when Apple announced their smashing earnings I couldn’t help but be reminded of a darker time for the company- a time Steve vowed to never let happen again. O Captain! My Captain!

Here’s what Tim had to say last week: “Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion.”

What I couldn’t help but flash back to was the time when things weren’t so peachy-keen. The year was 1997 and the ship was sinking.

Valuation 05-MAY-97 
“Apple has accumulated net losses of more than $1.6 billion over the past 18 months. Apple faces considerable hurdles in redefining its organization to operate profitably at a lower sales base and in stemming customer defections to Windows platforms. While new products appear promising, with Apple’s loss of market (and mind) share, its outlook for revenue growth is lackluster, if not bleak. The demands this lower revenue base puts on Apple to reduce costs in order to break even present significant financial risk, although buffered by a $374 million net cash position. We recommend that investors avoid the shares.”

And while the stories and folklore as to how Steve saved Apple, including Bill Gates “investment” into Apple around that time, areJobsplayboyinterview1985
web-wide and interesting reads, Steve righted the ship. Now AAPL is making money hand over fist and has stashed over $206 billion in the bank…even it if is mostly offshore. 🙂
Let the good times roll.

RIP: Captain Steve.

 

Farewell my old friend: Cinema HD Display

Written By: Scott - Oct• 18•15

DSC05464On October 30, 2007  I bought the whopper of Apple’s displays-the 30″ Cinema HD Display Flat. Prior to that I had all types of screened Macs but nothing like the real estate offered by this baby. I loved it. I paid $1655 and it was worth every pixel.

This model (M9179LL/A – A1083) with its cool aluminum frame was released by Apple originally in 2005 and for $3200 (Apple was forced to lower prices to stimulate sales and towards 2010 to deplete inventory. They released a new variation of the Cinema in 2010-the LED model.).

back of Cinema DisplayYou know all good things must come to an end, or better yet, a new beginning. Well, the night before last I finally pulled the trigger replacing my old friend with a new Thunderbolt Display, albeit a 27-inch monitor. Apple quit making a 30-inch monitor after the Cinema Display. I find it interesting I bought both in the month of October. Wonder what’s behind that…

I’ll save all the technical spec comparisons between the two, but my first impression of the Cinema Display was its size. It was huge. The thing that struck me about the Thunderbolt was its clarity. The monitor size difference was noticeable, but I’ll give up the extra screen space for the bright clear screen of this new one any day, especially after staring at a retina display all day. I also love that the Thunderbolt has a built-in speaker and it sounds pretty good, much better that the speaker of my MacBook Pro. I’ll continue to play my music through my Bose externals though.

27" Thunderbolt Display
Back of 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display
Actually, I’m late in the game buying the Thunderbolt. It was first released replacing the Cinema in 2011 and is now old tech, but when Apple comes out with its replacement my 2011 MacBook Pro might not drive it very well, if at all. I dug deep in the Apple rumor mill trying to see if its replacement is imminent. There is no doubt a replacement is in the works-they must continue to innovate-and if for no other reason simply due to competitors already offer superior tech to the Thunderbolt. But the basis of my decision to go ahead and buy the Thunderbolt was compatibility with my 4 year-old MacBook Pro.

So, farewell my old friend. It’s been a great 8 years. It’s really OK too though, because even though the Cinema Display is much larger than any of my old Macs in my collection and shelf space is very limited, I found a place for it.

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References:

Apple: Cinema Display- Technical Specifications 

Wikipedia: Apple Cinema Display

 

I bit the Apple

Written By: Scott - Aug• 11•15

Call me a sucker for all things Apple, but I just couldn’t stand it any longer. We’ve talked about Apple watches here beforethe vintage ones, that is, and yet, even thoughApple Watch I haven’t worn a watch in 35 years, I bit the Apple and got one.

Why, after 35 years of not knowing what time it is, did I all of a sudden care? The old Chicago song echos in my head now. Well, the truth is I did care, and when the iPhone came along I had a way to know. But the thought of no longer having to dig my phone out of my pocket appealed to me- this was my rationalization anyway.

Did I need to know what time it is at a quick glance? Nope, not really. It just called my name though. Plus, Apple products are sexy- they are made to make you lust for them. You know what I mean. Just listen to Jony describe the thing and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Here, listen.

In fact, Jony is so famous at tempting us to take a bite of the proverbial apple he gets poked fun at. Check out Gizmodo’s ribbing of him describing the Watch.

If you can resist the temptation, then you are stronger than I.

OK, the other reason I gave in was this- I like to buy the first generation of an Apple product. Crazy as it sounds, and I know lots of folks are just the opposite in that they want to pass until they feel the bugs are worked out or because they know/think Apple will only roll out a better version of the hardware next year. Well, yes, they may well but good grief, that’s NEXT YEAR. I refuse to put my life on hold or to deny myself the right to enjoy something just cause there may be a better one in the future. The other reason I like the first gen is this- I eventually want it in my collection. That’s right, I collect cool Apple technology if you hadn’t already guessed.

Those are my reasons plain and simple. I know about all the other selling features. I drilled many an Apple sales guy at the stores- asking them all the hard, but genuine questions about what they used theirs for and why should I buy one- and it came back to this- no other feature made the decision a no-brainer. And while I do like getting all my notifications, again without having to dig out my phone, it ultimately came down to this- because I want one. Apple is the best at making us want one. RIP Steve Jobs.

 

Apple Time Capsule

Written By: Scott - May• 03•15

An Apple Time Capsule Opening

Imagine opening time capsule boxes filled with rare Apple goodies, many of which date back to their early Lisa/Macintosh days, and having no clue at the time what’s inside.

Well, that’s exactly what I experienced and it was a trip. The story is this- a gentleman named Bert contacted me about his Apple stuff and wanted to know if I wanted it, said he really hated throwing it all away.

Did I want it? 🙂 He said I could have it all if I’d only cover the shipping. He knew I collected all things Apple and wanted me to have it.

To non-computer collector folks 30 year old stuff doesn’t sound old, but in computer years it’s like 100.

One of the aspects I like about computer history, and Apple’s more particularly, is not just the machines; no, it’s the documents, the manuals, the product catalogs, the first edition Mac mags, and even the mags reviewing Apple’s early machines, along with non-computer industry mags Apple bought 20 page Macintosh advertising spreads.

Needless to say, Bert’s time capsule was filled with just what I hoped.

 

As I have time over the next few weeks, I’ll feature many of these artifacts in more detail, as well as include them in the photo gallery of my collection.

One More Thing- Apple’s Watch

Written By: Scott - Sep• 15•14

Last Tuesday I too tuned in for Apple’s Special Event. It reeked nostalgia from the get-go for me because of its venue- the Flint Apple WatchCenter there in Cupertino. MacHeads all know this location. It’s the place in 1984 where Steve introduced Macintosh to the world. Then upon his return to Apple after being ousted, he once again went back to Flint for the unveiling of the Bondi Blue iMac in 1998. Well, this time Apple booked the site for the rollout of the Apple Watch, their first wearable computer.

All the pre-event rumbles caused me to figure it was going to happen at this event…you know Apple guards its secrets pretty darn well. In fact, they’ve learned to announce products not yet in official production so specs and pics can’t leak out, and that’s exactly what they did when they announced the Watch. It won’t be available until “some time early next year” type time frame.

I love Apple innovating and don’t care they aren’t the first in a space. They weren’t with the portable computer, the MP3 player or the tablet type device either. And you know some are going to bomb. Look at the Newton (actually, it was just before its time). But did they stop innovating handheld computers after that? Heck no, we have the iPhone don’t we? So, I’m totally cool with the Apple Watch and it will get better with each new generation. Sure folks are saying, “What the heck would I wear that for?” But you know what? Apple loves to make new products folks don’t know they need yet.

But even better than all the announcements made that day, I must tell you the point in Tim Cook’s part of the show that got to me most of all.

It was right here-

One More Thing

I immediately missed Steve, but was so glad Apple brought him back, even if it was for just for one more thing…