TweetFollow Us on Twitter

From the Editor, November 2009

Volume Number: 25
Issue Number: 11
Column Tag: Editorial

From the Editor, November 2009

I should be surprised that this milestone snuck up: 25 years of MacTech Magazine. But time marches on regardless if you're paying attention, and here we are. 25 years -- as old as the Mac itself. I remember the technology arena at the time being a hodgepodge of various technologies and companies: Atari, Commodore, Apple and various makers of x86 boxes. At the time, I really wanted an Atari ST: I'm a musician and it had built-in MIDI ports. A friend bought a Mac SE at the time, and I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to use a machine with a 9-inch black-and-white screen. Computers were just beginning to exploit color! I had my Commodore 64 hooked up to a 19" color television, wasn't a 9" screen a step backwards?

Of course, then I used a Mac, and I understood. Immediately. It wouldn't be until I got my first job that I would be able to buy a Mac. By this time, Atari wasn't in the game any longer and Commodore was in their death spiral. I had met my wife around that time and, as an artist, she was interested in having a Mac around, too. We pooled some cash and plunked down more than I want to admit on a IIci, maxed out with 5MB of RAM and an 80MB hard drive. We grabbed a 13" Apple RGB display, too.

Clearly, we've come pretty far. Not only has the hardware improved, but the entire software stack has evolved several generations. Fortunately, it's also all the more accessible. The real tribute, of course, is to the people - the human beings - that make all of this possible. From the inventors of technology, to the teachers and story tellers, to the people that bend the rules to everyone that ultimately uses these innovations and provides feedback to the former group. Those are the people we strive to represent in MacTech.

I do remember, after that fateful purchase of my Apple Macintosh IIci, looking for more information about the Mac and finding MacTech Magazine. MacTech has clearly evolved quite a bit in the last 25 years, too. Pre-OS X systems didn't have such a great need for Sys Admins, and I only knew a scant few that ultimately ran a Workgroup Server. Most universities at the time ran a handful of Macs in a separate group, all using AppleTalk/EtherTalk to happily print to a LaserWriter. Few bothered with network access outside the lab. You'd use a mainframe or mini for that, of course.

Now, however, to mirror the world that the Macintosh inhabits, MacTech covers Sys Admin topics, development topics and iPhone - all of which are increasingly intertwined. I'm thrilled to be personally part of the MacTech story for the past few years as both an author and Executive Editor. More importantly, we'd like to hear your stories. We'll be publishing one a month for the entire 25th anniversary year from well-known people in the Mac community. Add your story to our on-line archive at http://www.mactech.com.

Enjoy this month's issue, perhaps with the perspective of how incredible all of this is, and how much more incredible you're going to make it.

Edward Marczak,
Executive Editor

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Gordon Ramsay DASH: Guide to upgrading a...
If we've learned anything about celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay over the years, it's that you don't want him angry and breathing down your neck. He's not above calling you out on TV, making a mockery of your efforts in the kitchen in front of... | Read more »
Galaxy of Trian (Games)
Galaxy of Trian 1.1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.1.0 (iTunes) Description: Galaxy of Trian is an exciting, fast paced digital board game based on the highly acclaimed tabletop title. | Read more »
Dead In Bermuda (Games)
Dead In Bermuda 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Little Fox (Games)
The Little Fox 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: The Little Fox is an alternative perspective on the world-renowned ‘fairy tale for adults', The Little Prince by Antoine de... | Read more »
5 popular free fertility apps
There was a good article this week in The Independent about how more women are using fertility appsas a de facto form of contraception. It's apparently not working too well, leading to numerous unwanted pregnancies. [Read more] | Read more »
How to get more cars in CSR Racing 2
NaturalMotion and Zynga brought a lot of real life cars to the table for CSR Racing 2. From souped up everyday rides made by Nissan and Hyundai to supercars produced by the likes of McLaren and Pagani, there really is something for everyone. [... | Read more »
Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition...
Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move to the music and... | Read more »
Gear-grinding puzzle title Inner Circle...
If you saw our post earlier this month announcing the imminent release of ZPlay’s new creation, Inner Circle, you’ll be happy to know that it’s now available on the App Store. Established in 2010, developer and publisher ZPlay have taken the... | Read more »
CSR Racing 2: Your guide to what's...
CSR Racing 2, or CSR2, as it likes to call itself, has finally arrived. The follow-up to the immensely popular drag racing game CSR Racing is the first release from NaturalMotion since the studio's acquisition by Zynga in early 2014. [Read more] | Read more »
Nanuleu (Games)
Nanuleu 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Nanuleu is a strategy game where you take control of ancient magical trees that protect the land from an invading dark force. A... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

July 4th sale: $100 off 13-inch MacBook Airs
Amazon has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MMGF2LL/A): $899.99 $100 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (sku... Read more
Swiftpoint Launches Advanced Pivot, Tilt And...
Christchurch, New Zealand based Swiftpoint has announced the launch of its new generation computer mouse, The Z, on the crowdfunding website kickstarter.com. The company’s previous device, the... Read more
Clearance 12-inch Retina MacBooks, Apple refu...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 12″ Retina MacBooks available starting at $929. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
12-inch MacBooks available with free bundles...
Adorama has 12″ Retina MacBooks available including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. For a limited time, Adorama will include a free Apple USB-C to USB Adapter, free 4-Port USB Hub, and... Read more
Das Keyboard Unveils First Cloud-Connected Ke...
Austin, Texas based Das Keyboard has unveiled the newest addition to its family of high-performance mechanical keyboards with the introduction of the Das Keyboard 5Q on Kickstarter. Built with... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pros on sale fo...
Adorama has 13″ 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1169 $130 off -... Read more
New App Reminds Us to Put Down Our Phones and...
Mode, a new smartphone app that makes us more mindful of how we use our devices, debuts in the app stores today. The Mode app tracks time spent in different modes of day-to-day life without... Read more
ZuumSpeed Personalized Speedometer + HUD For...
RMKapps has announced the release and immediate availability of ZuumSpeed 1.0, its personalized speedometer plus heads up display for iOS devices. ZuumSpeed gives users over 18 custom fonts available... Read more
Apple refurbished clearance 15-inch Retina Ma...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1609, $390 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. They have refurbished 15... Read more
9-inch 128GB Silver iPad Pro on sale for $50...
B&H Photo has the 9.7″ 128GB Silver Apple iPad Pro on sale for $699 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions, Fort Wo...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.