My first Mac

It’s been thirty years since the Apple Macintosh was introduced on 24 January 1984. To celebrate the milestone, Apple have posted a Thirty Years of Mac feature on their website highlighting some of the key machines introduced over the period and stories from prominent users. It also invites visitors to enter information about their first Mac – data is collated to determine the most popular machines and how people used their Macs.

Paper Mac and PowerBook G4

This is the only photo I could easily find of my first Mac – an Apple PowerBook G4 (12-inch, 1.33 GHz) from 2004. It’s there with its distinctive glowing Apple logo behind the Paper Mac. It was miles ahead of my old Dell laptop in terms of portability, design, power… and the sheer cool factor back in the days when Apple products were still niche.

We’ve come a long way since 2004 – x86 has replaced PowerPC, multi-core processors, solid-state drives, six major releases of Mac OS X, display technology has advanced from 106 ppi TN to 220 ppi IPS, &c. – but I’ll always feel a sense of nostalgia about my first Mac.

Environmental Mobility Check

When I booked an ICE3 train from Munich to Frankfurt earlier this year, I was impressed by German railway operator DB Bahn‘s website which shows the comparative travel time and environmental impact of travelling by train, car and aeroplane. All you have to do is click on “Environmental Mobility Check”, which I’m sure must be a direct translation from German.

DB Bahn environmental mobility checkDB Bahn Environmental Mobility Check sample (click to see full-size)

I tried a few different origins/destinations for curiosity and, needless to say, travelling by train was always the most environmentally-friendly option. Catching high-speed rail with direct connections was no slower than travelling by car (even with Autobahns) or aeroplane for journeys up to 3–4 hours. Now if only we had a high-speed rail connection between Sydney and Melbourne…