It was a cold morning… October 17th, 2007. It was the day when I bought my first Mac. A 24″ aluminium iMac.
off to mac shop: iMac it is!
— Ronny Welter (@noCreativity) October 17, 2007
When I got home from a 10 minute walk through the center of Kortrijk with an oversized (and very heavy) box with a picture of an iMac on the front, I was so excited. The beginning of something new. Something that -everybody promised me- was going to be the beginning of something magical.
Little did I know that this was the very iMac would carry me through hundreds of Flash experiments, countless school projects that were neatly tied up right before the deadline and keep me going until I found myself working at Saatchi & Saatchi. That was 4 years later. I then gave it to a good friend who could still use it while I got myself a new Mac Mini.
I was so proud and amazed to see my old iMac still hang in there after years without shutting down, years of rendering 3D and videos, transcoding media for my Apple TV, streaming music and compiling code. Every time I walked into this guy’s living room, that iMac would be there, still rocking away. This morning that very friend called me up and said that the old chap had finally given up. After booting up for the first time 2725 days ago, it had died. 7 and a half years have gone by since I first unboxed it.
It has had a hard life. To everybody, this will always be ‘just a machine‘ but to me it was more than that. It had become a friend who enabled me on my way to discover what I wanted to do with my life and it supported me every step of the way. No matter what I threw at it, it would pull through and get the job done.. People were not wrong: It was the beginning of something magical.
I now work with Mac computers on a daily basis because of the brilliant experience I had with this very machine. I built my career on these machines and I’m grateful they suit me as well as they do.
You will always remain in my memories as my first Mac.
Thank you, old friend.
Thank you, Apple.
Thank you, Steve Jobs.