Monday, October 25 & Tuesday, October 26

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In 1993, I spent the year writing in a blank datebook from 1954. Now, in 2010, I'm posting each page on the web and writing about it. You may want to start at the beginning.

1954: October 25-26

It's hard to imagine now, but letters were the prime means of written communication back in 1993. Email was really new -- not every one of my friends had email at their schools yet, let alone at home -- so you had to write it out on paper. Or call, obviously.

Ah, my LCIII. The second of a trio of doomed computers. The first was my previous computer, a Laser 128, which was an Apple II clone, made in the first brief period of Apple clones. The LCIII was a dead-end branch of the Apple tree -- I got it just a couple months before the Power PC chip made its debut, and it turned out that it was one of only two models that couldn't be upgraded to the new chipset. But it was the most computer I could afford at the time, so that's what I got.

The third doomed computer was one I bought my senior year -- a UMAXX S900, another clone from the even briefer period in '96 just before Steve Jobs returned to Apple and killed the licensing program. It was the most powerful Mac on the market when I bought it, and it cost $6,000 with a Radius rotating monitor and Photoshop. I took out a loan from my bank to buy it. It's funny to see that $1744.62 price tag for the LCIII and all the rest -- that's not far from what you'd pay for a midrange macbook now. I can't imagine paying six grand for a computer today.

(That big sticker is actually fluorescent orange -- stupid scanner.)

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This page contains a single entry by Andrew Huff published on October 25, 2010 9:46 PM.

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