My first experience with computers was on an old TRS-80. Yep, we saved our little animation projects and games on a cassette tape and we could hook it up to any old TV in the house. Those were the days. Not long after that I got my first taste of computers in school with the Apple II and Apple III computers. Back then the educational gaming was in the form of “Oregon Trail” and “Where In the World is Carmen San Diego?” and “King’s Quest” if I remember correctly.
Later on I got to play on the Commodore 64 when I went over to my friend Jeremy or Joe’s house. There were many sleepovers where no sleep was experienced, that time was set aside instead for all night computer games.
Later in high school our art department had an Amiga 2000 that I got my first real experience with computer animation and graphic production. My first animation was a 3D globe that spun on the screen like it was in orbit. That was cool! From there we sometimes got to use some old Gateway computers (I think?) for working on some papers using WordPerfect that would then get printed off on the old buzzing, dot matrix printers.
In college, a divided my time kind of evenly between the Mac computer lab and the PC lab. This was also my first experience with the Internet. Seems like so long ago.
As you can see, I’m comfortable on a number of platforms, but for the majority of my adult life I’ve been a PC guy. IT seems at a point a couple of months ago the computer processing planets aligned and did their best to try to push me back over to the
dark Apple side of the force. Within a period of about two weeks our household gained a used Macbook from a friend, an iPad from another friend and I was even asked to try out a new iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network.