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Into Apple Before It Was Cool

Click through the photo album above.

I jokingly refer to these items and experiences as part of my “Apple Cred”.

The photo of me with magazines was taken on April 25, 2015. The Apple baseball cap in that photo I bought in 2000 at Apple’s world headquarters in Cupertino. They used to have a gift shop at the headquarters and anyone could walk into the lobby and/or gift shop.

The other photos in the slideshow were taken in 2000 during a road trip with my wife. We stopped at Apple’s world headquarters. (My wife was not as excited as I was about that stop.) Note the six-color Apple logos.

We also stopped at MacAddict’s office. (Again, my wife did not understand that stop.)

The photos wherein we frolic with friends on top of the Golden Gate bridge are from that same trip. I included them just because they are pretty cool. It was a great trip.

My collection of MacAddict magazines:

  • all of ’96 with all disks
  • (During a move, I threw away all of ’97.)
  • all of ’98 with all disks
  • all of ’99 with all disks
  • all of ’00 with all disks
  • Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr of ’01 with one disk
  • Dec of ’04
  • Jan, Feb of ’05
  • (Starting in 2006, I took a bunch of the 2001, 2004, 2005 issues to school for students to cut up.)

Adobe Magazine (quarterly… back when you could publish a tech magazine quarterly and not miss much. Also, when tech published magazines) I don’t know why I’ve kept these.

  • Spring, Summer, Autumn of ’98
  • Spring, Winter of ’99

I sold my Apple playing cards:

Apple playing cardsI won a deck of Apple playing cards at the Portland, Oregon unveiling of the 20th-Anniversary Mac in 1997. For reasons I still do not understand, I sold the deck in 2012. (Photos here are not mine.)


Not pictured, The Macs I have owned:

  1. Macintosh LC III that I loved loved loved. My grandma and mom bought it for me upon my graduation from college in 1994. It cost around $2600. It was more than they could afford and I have always been humbled and grateful. It became the basis for all the Macs I have owned because I have always sold my current Mac to buy my next one, and they have always keep their value. I even made $10 on one after using it for six months.
  2. Performa 6300. I loaded BeOS on this.
  3. Bondi Blue iMac G3
  4. 14″ Powerbook G3
  5. 15 Apple Mac Pluses (with the signatures stamped inside). In 2001, they were sitting in storage at Willamette University, so I asked if I could have them. Willamette’s IT folks said yes. I worked on them for weeks and once they were all purring, I gave them to a private school in Aloha Oregon. I really wish I would have kept one. I still love System 7.
  6. 12″ Powerbook G4
  7. 13″ Macbook Core Duo
  8. Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
  9. 13″ Macbook Pro (2011) – current
  10. 11″ Macbook Air (2012) – current





David Carr and Shep Gordon

Both David Carr and Shep Gordon were introduced to us recently.

(Photo by Nick Bilton)

David Carr was introduced to us when he passed away a week ago, on February 12, 2015. We didn’t know him before then. But some people did. And they introduced us to a wise, kind, brave, dedicated soul–the kind of person that is loved by everyone who knew him. Because he loved and gave to all of them unconditionally. In other words, a rare kind of person. I hope we have not already forgotten this person whom we just met.

As the news of his passing spread, hundreds of people spoke up, telling about moments when David Carr inspired them, helped them, saved them. Here is one remembrance. Read it to get to know Mr. Carr. Read it to keep from forgetting him.

Shep Gordon was introduced to us when Mike Myers’ documentary about Shep came out in 2013. We didn’t know him before then. But other people did. And they loved him. Because he loved them and gave to them unconditionally.

Through the documentary, we finally got to meet this wise, kind, brave, dedicated soul. In other words, this rare kind of person. I hope we have not already forgotten him.

We can learn a lot from the way these men lived and live. We can emulate at least some of what made them so loved. And, in so doing, we can–just like David and Shep–help those around us find greater happiness, fulfillment, success.

I do not suggest that either man was perfect. No one would suggest that. Especially not David and Shep. They both understood that people are flawed. Much of the gratitude expressed to both men is because they gave people love and dignity in spite of the flaws… or because of them.

Though flawed like us, they lived better than us. Just ask anyone who knew or knows them.

Update #2: The Human Species

On April 2013, I wrote: The Human Species

In May 2013, I added an update.

Today, Jan 4, 2015, I add this 2nd update:

In terms of understanding and accomplishment, there is no comparison between humans and even our next-closest kin. Interestingly, all of those kin–and all other life–have a similar level of understanding and accomplishment.

For example: plants, insects, and animals all do these things at about the same level of understanding and complexity:

  • adapt to get food
  • actively seek out advantageous environments
  • use whatever tools they need for: food, extrinsic protection, propagation, movement, etc.

But humans not only see the processes required for survival, but we understand why they are necessary (we understand the implications of the existence or end of those processes), AND we understand why they are necessary to life, AND we recognize that there is some sort of science behind the processes, AND we understand that science. Even to the cellular level. Even with abstract constructs like religion and money–we understand why they exist (what need they meet) AND how they function. The staggering–and ever increasing–number of books on those two subjects reveal how driven humans are to create and understand. And how equally strong those drives are.

An example: we not only use water as a solvent, but we understand that it is the universal solvent, AND we understand why it is the universal solvent. We created the study of Chemistry, AND we understand its use.

Even as I write this, human accomplishment is increasing. We sent a machine to the planet Mars, and we are able to communicate back and forth with our machine. Another of our machines is about to pass Pluto, three billion miles away. And we are still able to communicate with it.

My original question remains: why?

Why are humans so, so much more advanced than the next most advanced organism on this planet?

Some people have pointed out that human achievement is the story of evolution. Human achievement increases exponentially. It was not as though we left monkeys far behind from the beginning.

Other people have said that when humans developed the will, and subsequently the ability, to record communication (via writing) that we began to advance exponentially.

Some people has said that what has separated humans so dramatically from other animals is our ability to experience things that have not happened. That is, our ability to imagine outcomes. We can fantasize, predict, and walk through complex scenarios.

All three of those answers make sense.

But we are so very advanced.