Of Mac’s and Men

Yesterday I got in a shiny, brand new 17″ Apple eMac 1.25GHz with 256mB RAM, 40GB Hard drive, and a combo CD/RW/DVD drive.Everything about the Mac is pretty. The four colour box was gorgeous, the actual unit itself is white with a clear keyboard and a pretty sweet (although strangely single buttoned) clear mouse.

I unboxed it, found a good place for it, hooked it up, then turned it on. From the time I opened the package, until I first logged in, it took about 15 minutes. The eMac (or Mackie as I like to call him), then went online and got a bunch of updates, which took another ten minutes. I then proceeded to download IE 5.2, Firefox, Camino, and Mozilla.

I then started scratching my head as how to install a program. After downloading everything, I double clicked on it and a pretty hard drive icon came up. It wasn’t until I installed Camino and it told me to drag an icon to the “applications” folder to complete the installation, that I figured out how to install stuff.

Next I spent about an hour trying out a bunch of different programs. Safari (the web browser) is pretty cool. I played with iDVD, and Garage Band, touched on iPhoto adn iTunes…then I proceeded to crash the thing about six times in a row by using FireFox, Mozilla, Camino, and IE. Loads of fun. It also stopped responding for about five minutes during a Garage Band test.

So far the whole experience has been very Mac-lightening, although I have not yet been assimilated into the Mac-sphere.

Pictures to follow!

By Brian Garside

Brian is a digital experience expert, and part time internet superhero. He focuses on digital first design, digital strategies, content management, website usability, and user experience. He was part of the team behind BalanceDo, the co-founder of All New Comics, and the chief strategist at NorthIQ.


  1. Look at you.. so consumed by THINGS. Sad actually… maybe you should do something with less materialistic value.. a charity or something. Be careful as you acquire more and more things you don’t lose your sense of self.

    Your Conscience

  2. Thanks, I should have pointed out that it’s not mine per-se, it’s a work thing so I can check the new TSN.ca site I’m developing out on a Mac, which represents about 12% of our user base.

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