My father introduced me to my first Mac when I was only 8 years old. It was a Macintosh 512k and I remember slapping away on the keyboard like it was yesterday. I would fight my dad for time on it, I grabbed the mouse every chance I could get. I was a MacPaint master. While other kids where making watercolors for their parents I was making bitmap computer art. When HyperCard came out in 1987 I knew I would spend the rest of my life tethered to a computer.


This afternoon Tara and I watched the movie Welcome to Macintosh (yes, I am an iTunes affiliate) and I started to think about how many Macs I have had in my life. I am not sure about the exact number, but through my companies I have bought somewhere between 250-300 Macs over the years. I took a look at to see how many different Macs I can remember buying (or my parents buying before I had my own money). Here is the list:

  • Macintosh 512knmp_2000
  • Macintosh Plus
  • Macintosh SE30
  • Macintosh Powerbook 140
  • Macintosh LC III
  • Power Macintosh 8500
  • Power Macintosh 7200
  • Newton Message Pad 2100
  • PowerBook G3
  • Power Macintosh G3
  • iMac
  • iMac (Rev.C)
  • Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White)
  • PowerBook G3 (Bronze Keyboard)
  • Power Macintosh G4 (AGP Graphics)
  • iMac (Slot Loading)
  • PowerBook G3 (Firewire)
  • Power Macintosh G4 (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • PowerBook G4
  • Power Macintosh G4 (Quicksilver)
  • iMac (Summer 2001)
  • Power Macintosh G4 (Mirrored Doors)
  • Xserve
  • iMac (Flat Panel)
  • PowerBook G4 (12.1″)
  • PowerBook G4 (17″)
  • Xserve RAID
  • Powerbook G4 (17″ 1.33Ghz)
  • Xserve G5
  • Mac mini
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Pro (17″)
  • AppleTV
  • iPod (many)
  • iPod Nano (many)
  • iPhone (1st Gen, 3G)
Me in 1999 with a G3 Laptop and Retard Hair

Me in 1999 with a G3 laptop and stupid hair

Yeah, I am a Mac. Old school baby! I know there is a lot of buzz about Windows 7 but I will never be a PC guy. The closest I have ever come was a couple of Power Computing rigs in the 90’s. Apple FTW!

Ted Murphy

Ted Murphy

Ted Murphy is an American entrepreneur. He is currently the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of IZEA, a technology company that provides software for influencer marketing.


  • I agree! All my ‘friends’ don’t understand. They think Macs are too expensive! I tell them I pay less for my Mac than they pay for their PC, all the software, all the anti-virus crap AND all the maintenance they need with their stupid PC!

  • Ted Murphy says:

    @Unbalanced Libra:
    Not to mention all the wasted time! Time is money and I don’t want to screw around with crashes, patches, etc. Just give me a computer that is fast, intuitive and a pleasure to use.

  • Gerard Lagana says:

    @Unbalanced Libra: @Ted Murphy: I couldn’t have said it better myself. If you look at the TCO of a Mac it is much less in the long run; then a $500.00 Windows PC. After you take it to the Geek Squad for virus removal, or to fix a Windows issue, that $500.00 Windows computer is now well over $1000.00. Oh did I mention the annual cost of virus protection. I bought my first Mac Mini in 2006, and I haven’t looked back.

  • Craig says:

    I still have the original MacWrite and MacPaint floppy discs! I also had an Apple IIc and ImageWriter in high school. I was the first person in my high school to ever submit a term paper printed on a dot matrix printer rather than typewritten. It was not well received and caused quite a controversy.

  • Ted Murphy says:

    Oh man the ImageWriter… I can still hear its sweet, sweet symphony. Remember when dad bought his first laser printer at VTN?

  • Craig says:

    @Ted Murphy:
    I do remember the LaserWriter! I also remember crawling up in the ceiling pulling cables for the LocalTalk network. We did some cool stuff with the LaserWriter and the photostat machine. The dawn of desktop publishing baybee!

  • Rob says:

    I am a PC guy but would be willing to give MAC a try. Maybe my next laptop needs to be a MAC. Pretty cool post. That is funny you could remember all of those MACs. Also love the hair in 99. AWESOME!

  • Ted Murphy says:

    Once you go mac you never go back.

  • MommaDJane says:

    I got my very first MacBook not long ago. After loving my iPhone 3G so much I upgraded to the 3GS and finally went to Apple MacBook. We have a HP Touchsmart desktop and I just retired my Dell laptop to my daughter. I have to say I’m loving my Mac so far. All the rumors of it being so hard to switch from PC to Mac are not true. It took me about a week to get used to all the different shortcuts. I just can’t wait to figure out iMovie to it’s full potential!

  • Santos Halper says:


    Hope that you do give a Mac a try.
    There’s an Apple Store in Towson. Bit of a drive. But, there’s plenty of BestBuys around.

    BTW, beware the good-natured jabs that you WILL get when referring to Apple computers — as MAC.

    Find MAC here…

    Find Mac here…

    Cheers 😉

  • TJ says:

    man! what happen to you in ten years~~! 😉
    been working hard, i guess, on Macs all those years, while machine is working on all the time kkk.
    mine was PPC7500 in my 3rd yr in college. got it for Photoshop! carry around zip and jazz drives~ G4 PowerMac and on MBP now. it’s an addiction for sure!!!

  • tanyetta says:

    the coolest hair ever! great list. in 1999 our pc decided to go to shit. my husband got rid of it and bought a mac. 3 laptops and a desktop later, we haven’t looked back since. great post!!!!!

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