The first computer I ever bought was a 12” PowerBook G4.
I had owned computers before. Some I’d inherited. Others, I’d assembled from the guts of others that had given up their ghost. All were “desktops”. It was great to go through that experience beforehand. The process helped me to figure out what I needed out of a computer—size, RAM, hard drive. What I found most important was the decision of what operating system to use.
Thinking back, it took a good year and a half to figure out what I wanted. In the end, I settled on something I could not afford. For some reason, that did not stop me. Perhaps for the first time in my life, I made a conscious decision from, “I can’t afford it!”, to, “how can I afford it?”.
The plan to afford it came together in a job at summer camp. I don’t know how I did it but I managed to save all but one paycheck to pay for my laptop. I would have saved the one cheque as well but got convinced to go to Six Flags and ride rollercoasters during a break. It was worth every penny!
I’ll never forget the day I walked in to the computer store to buy the PowerBook. I’d had to go to the bank and withdraw cash. The whole journey from the bank, I was terrified. What if if got stolen, what if I dropped some of it. What if … never happened and my unearthed treasure got me through some vital years of university.
Buying a Mac was one of the best decisions I made at the time. But more satisfying was the discipline it took to research, plan and then execute that purchase.