The Cruelty of Planned Obsolescence

Mac PowerBookThere is nothing wrong with my Mac PowerBook except that it is now a world onto itself. It’s cut off from the outside, unable to upgrade its OS 9.0.4 and therefore the browsers needed to interact with the internet, its ostrichsized. It was one of the first MACs to bridge the gap between dial-up and wireless with both PPP connection software and a wireless adapter slot.  It can still run all of its local programs: Illustrator 7, Flash 5, Photoshop 6, Dreamweaver 4, Office 2001 among others. But it can’t play with the cool kids, it can only play alone.

Mac PowerBookThis PowerBook was built for fun — with its curvy sides and welcoming smiley face — as well as business. It embodied everything Apple promised. I learned how to hand-code HTML with PageSpinner, BBEdit and Lynda Weinman, of course. I took my first Flash courses online from the HTML Writers Guild – examples were still on the laptop’s desktop when I opened it up, along with a copy of MYST. Gotta play that game if you haven’t. Great graphics delivered as a wonderful world on the head of a pin.

I’ve held onto it for a number of reasons, sentimentally being the longest lasting. But, now it’s time to reduce my belongings and I find it hard to part with this old friend. It still fires right up, then smiles at me like a puppy waiting for a morning walk. I’m hoping it’ll find a place with an artist who will incorporate it into his or her artwork, or as a teaching tool, or…. And, so I’m posting it on Buy Nothing Bainbridge, a fantastic gifting community in the hopes someone will continue the life of my old friend.

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