Fri 11/19 Old Mac User

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I was a Mac user when Apple was doomed.

I remember those dark days when Apple looked like it was on the brink of destruction. When my Dad brought home a brand new Dell PC because he didn’t think Apple would be around for much longer. When I was part of an elite club that said no to Windows and stuck with what we believed in. We were the crazy ones, and this shirt designed by Diesel Sweeties inspired me and the members of that club to reminisce about the golden years of the platform we love. The following are my 50 favorite entries from the #oldMacuser Twitter meme archived here for your enjoyment.

  • I was a Mac user when computers went quack and nobody thought any different about it. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when widgets were called Desktop Accessories. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when my Mac was not powerful enough to play an MP3 file. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when iTunes was called SoundJam. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when you couldn’t do anything else while copying a file. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when it was called System Software. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when it was called an Apple II. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when it was fun to make your desktop pattern from a grid of black and white pixels. #System6 #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when you had to swap your system floppy and your file floppy. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when you could bring the entire operating system to a complete halt just by holding down the mouse button. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when we all cringed as Steve Jobs invited Bill Gates to speak at Macworld Expo and then said “Thank you, Bill.” #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac use when having a dial-up AOL account was not lame #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when you could take the Shutdown app out of someone’s Apple Items folder and put it in his Startup Items folder #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when WindowShade was the way to minimize windows #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when our hard drive was bigger than our Mac #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when I couldn’t afford to buy a NeXT Cube. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when there was only one size of monitor available: small and built-in. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user before it had color. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when the Motorola 68030 processors were jaw dropping fast. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when MultiFinder didn’t exist yet and Switcher wasn’t someone who came over from Windows #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when increasing your storage meant buying an external floppy disk drive. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Special was a menu. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when one mouse button was enough. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Apple commercials were directed by Ridley Scott. #oldMacuser

  • I was on Macs when the system font was still Chicago. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when it came with a Guided Tour disk and audio cassette. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when CPU speeds were single-digit MHz. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user before the system was 32 bit clean. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when both Steve Jobs and I had hair. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when you hooked two Macs together with a LocalTalk cable to play networked games. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when installing Microsoft Word meant mastering the art of swapping among 15+ 3.5” floppy disks for two hours. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Clarus was a puppycalf. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when 8 bit color was sweet. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when its screen size was smaller than the icons on my current desktop. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when printing a document meant watching a little dog do flips. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when there were signatures inside the machine’s case. #oldMacuser

  • I’m a Mac user when High-Tech and Gizmo were theme choices. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when a Lisa was the ONLY development platform for the Mac. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Microsoft Word for Mac kicked ass. #FiveOneForever #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when QuickTime was an optional install. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Apple made printers and Adobe wrote the software that ran on them. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when a talking moose used to interrupt me to ask for pizza. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when you needed a caddy to insert a CD-ROM. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when QuarkXpress was good. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when the System Folder was only 197k. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when a 400K floppy disk was enough. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when resetting your PRAM actually did something. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Macs had a death chime. #oldMacuser

  • I was a Mac user when Apple Garamond what in style. #oldMacuser