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~ Eulogy for a little Mac ~

I recently decided to part ways with my collection of vintage Macs.  I found them a loving home where they will be going to later this weekend.

In preparing the Macs for their journey, I discovered one did not make it. You're probably thinking, "Big deal. It's an old computer."

What made this one machine special is that it was a workhorse. A Macintosh LC, it was built in 1990 by the hands of Americans in California. It was often called the "pizza box" Mac. Critics never regarded it as one of Apple's better machines. And yet it did amazing things during its 22-year lifespan.

My Mom and Dad bought the LC in 1994, a cast off from my brother. Since my parents were teachers, a computer wasn't a reasonable part of the household budget. So this hand-me-down was my first computer.

I honed my writing on the computer and learned general problem solving skills, such as how to customize it and fix it when needed. I stretched it to the limits. 

The machine was never intended to get on the Internet -- it was built before the Web ever existed -- but I managed to make it a little node in a world-wide network. I learned how to use UNIX through a terminal and dial-up connection to a local FreeNet. I painstakingly downloaded Netscape 0.9 and other freeware tools to learn how to code web pages.

When I plugged it in for one last goodbye, the LC stayed silent. I tried two more times before realizing its time had come.

After Steve Jobs passed away a couple years ago, it was revealed in his biography that he was disappointed computers never made greater in-roads in education. I beg to differ. A product of the company he founded allowed me to learn the skills that developed into a successful education and career. Had I not spent hours -- sometimes getting yelled at by Mom at 3 a.m. -- tinkering with this little LC, I do not know where I would be today.

I intend to extract the motherboard and find a shadow box for it. It'll always serve as a reminder of the days when our fellow Americans made great, great products.

I would have never thought the combination of plastic and silicon would have lifted my imagination and guided me toward my dreams.

Thanks, little Mac.
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Very nicely written.
Enjoy your new toys.
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And for the record, the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Florida Marlins Class A (Advanced) squad, are a win away from capturing the Florida State League title. Best of luck to them this week!
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Here's hoping I get some more opportunities next season to cover baseball's  future stars! (2 of 2)
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Big letters are lots of fun to play with.
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Nigel Marsh: "Never put the quality of your life in the hands of a corporation." I wish someone had told me this years ago.
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Its too late for me, save yourselves!
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Love that park. Go Orioles!!
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Watch the rats fly as the Florida Panthers defeat the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, in Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
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Got a little more baseball work in this weekend... (1 of 2)
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Had a great time covering the Florida State League playoffs (three-hour rain delay included)!
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  • University of Florida
    M.A.M.C (Web Design & Online Communication), 2012 - present
  • University of Florida
    B.S.J (Online Media), 1998 - 2003
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If you would like to visit a New York-style newsstand or get away from the typical chain bookstore, pay a visit to Bob's News. It is an independent, Mom-and-Pop store which carries local, national and world newspapers, an exhaustive variety of magazines, a selection of popular fiction and even some unique underground texts that make you realize why the First Amendment is a wonderful thing. There's also an array of tobacco, beverages and snacks, and even a small section for adults. I can't say enough about the staff. They are extremely friendly and helpful, and when you become a regular -- which you probably will -- they greet you as soon as you walk in. Bob's News is a great place for any avid reader to explore. You are bound to find a publication that interests you, maybe even something you didn't have a attraction to before.
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If you like BBQ and soul food, you'll love Tom's. I've dragged many a friend and co-worker here, and I have yet to hear a complaint. The restaurant does not look like much from the outside, but if you catch a whiff of the smoked meat while driving down US1, you can't help but stop. A dinner with two sides and cornbread will run you about $10-12. They also serve sandwiches that could easily double as lighter portions. I'm a fan of the chopped beef and/or pork, with sides of cole slaw and baked beans and a glass of sweet tea. Other cohorts enjoy the chicken and rib dinner, as well as the macaroni and cheese. The service is a little slow some times, only because the place is usually packed. Consider yourself lucky if you arrive and there's a short line. And don't worry too much about seating if you find every table taken when you enter. Customers are pretty quick to eat, and some most are friendly enough to share a table. There is also extra seating outside, which is great during winter months in South Florida.
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