I Remember When: Tribute to Mac OS X’s Tenth Birthday

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the Mac OS X beta. It wouldn’t be for another three years that I would get my first taste of OS X on an iBook during a communications course at my University. A year later I would come home to find my laptop stolen and a desperate need for a new computer. It was at this time that I purchased a Powerbook G4 12” – the most fabled and perhaps most loved Mac portable to date.

Since the end of 2004 I have used Mac OS X non-stop, I am an early adopter on all Apple products and a hardcore fanboy. I have been thinking a bit about what Mac’s mean to me, specifically what if anything I should write on this anniversary of the platform.

Piece of Mind

Then it came to me, what I really truly love about OS X (putting aside the beautiful hardware) is the piece of mind that it gives me. Here are a few worries that Mac OS X made moot:

  • Anti-Virus Software
  • Windows Registry Issues
  • DLL files
  • Clippy (you know the MS Office paper clip helper guy)
  • Viruses
  • NetSend (if you don’t know what this is Google it)
  • Plastic computers
  • ‘Active Desktop’ Errors
  • Internet Explorer
  • ‘Safe mode’
  • ‘Safe mode w/ networking’
  • ! Important Install Drivers before plugging this peripheral in!
  • WinZip
  • PS/2 Ports
  • Little yellow bubbles in the corner of my screen

Mac OS X, giving me piece of mind since 12/2004. Thanks Apple.

Originally posted for members on: September 13, 2010
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