Twenty Years Of Apple

From 6502/1MHz to dual G4s/1GHz

I realised tonight, in the middle of burning a DVD on my Powermac, that I first worked on an Apple computer two decades ago.

In 1983, my Dad bought an Apple IIe :

It had a 6502 processor that ran at a blistering 1MHz and could display 80 columns of text. 64K of ram, mofos’!


I’d experimented with 6502 assembler on the BBC B micro and I could carry that over to the Apple, my atrocious hex permitting. I wrote little Basic games for it, a rudimentary drum machine… I had so much fun!

Sadly, our house got struck by lightning and the poor old Apple went kerbang 🙁

My Dad didn’t replace it so I never got to properly play with a Lisa or the original Mac but I kept in touch with Apple Computer, fondling friends’ machines whenever I could (plus you could always find them in graphics departments).

I returned to the Apple fold in 1997, with a beige G3 :

and I realised what I’d been missing in the interim with Ataris and PCs: ease of use. The G3 just worked – I could finally make music and not spend all my time troubleshooting IRQs and DMAs and swapping PCI cards around.

Since then I’ve bought three iMacs, two more beige G3s, a graphite G4, a Ti powerbook and now my new dual 1GHz Powermac.

The old machines have been passed on to friends and family and are all still chugging away and keeping their owners smiling.

If there is a cult of Apple, I guess I’m a devout member 🙂
love and kisses,