Yesterday marked the seventh year, to the day, of the release of Mac OS X. For me, it’s hard to believe its been that long, on one hand. On the other, it seems like just yesterday.
Back before OS X I hadn’t spent much time on a Mac. One of our computer labs in school had Macintosh machines, but they were very old, and we didn’t use them very much. I had spent more time on an Apple II in my youth than I ever had on a Mac, and while I was never all that happy with Windows, I didn’t see anything coming from the Mac side of computing to really care about.
Then came Quicktime, and the Star Wars prequels. Watching that first trailer for “The Phantom Menace” required Quicktime – and you had to get that from Apple. That was the first time I paid attention to Apple at all. I thought the iMacs were colorful and interesting, certainly more “fun” looking that the machines in our school computer lab, but nothing that I felt like I had to have for myself.
Then one day, I walked into a local CompUSA and saw their Macs. I’d been seeing some stuff about OS X and these new generations of Macs on Apple’s website. So I decided to go check them out. I walked over to an iMac, grabbed the mouse, and started it clicking around.
I was sold instantly.
OS X was so completely different than Windows 95 or ME, it was like a computer from a sci-fi movie. Bright shiny graphics, slick animations for everything including minimizing a window…and the dock. I know not everyone loves the dock…but I do. OS X had me at the dock.
It was a few years later before I could buy a Mac. I had to wait for the first generation Mini to get something in my price range, but since then, there has been no looking back.
So Happy Birthday OS X – here’s to seven more years of awesomeness.