A dif­fer­ent kind of un­box­ing

Mac Format - - LOVE YOUR MAC - Edited by LUIS VILLAZON

Back in 1994, Nel­son Man­dela was elected pres­i­dent, the Chan­nel Tun­nel opened, and China got its first con­nec­tion to the in­ter­net. The web and Mac­For­mat were in their in­fancy, I was a soft­ware de­vel­oper, and my first child was just a blue line on a pregnancy test. In May of that year, Ap­ple re­leased the Pow­erBook 520. It would be a stretch to call this an all-time clas­sic, but it did break some new ground. It was the first lap­top to use a track­pad – we’d made do with a track­ball be­fore that! It was also the first with stereo speak­ers, which seems even more in­cred­i­ble, un­til you re­mem­ber that com­puter sounds had only just got past the beep-beep-boop stage by then. Some­one bought a 520, used it and loved it, stopped us­ing it, then boxed it up. Even­tu­ally, they had a clear out and sold this an­cient lap­top for £55 on eBay. And that, dear reader, is where I come in…

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