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Apple’s 15 inch MacBook Pro. Courtesy of Apple.

My name is Mel and I am the author & publisher of Mel’s Tech Blog , formerly Mel’s Macintosh Universe & Technology Blog.

I am a longtime Mac user and technology fan.

Previously this blog was set up to address issues and articles relating to the Apple Macintosh platform. It still does. The scope of this blog was expanded to cover not only the Apple Macintosh, its related products (iPhone, iPad, iPods) but now moving into other platforms such as the Google Chromebooks, Android devices, the internet, photography, electronics, TV and technology in general. This hopefully will lead to more content.

I have been using an Apple Macintosh Computer in some form or another since a friend loaned me his Macintosh Plus way back in 1988. After 2 weeks of playing with that Mac Plus that had no hard drive and only 2 floppy drives, I was hooked. I learned on MacPaint, MacWrite, MacDraw and created a few simple stacks with Hypercard.

A short time later, I bought my own Mac Plus, with an Apple Imagewriter. This set up initially had the 2 800k floppy drives like the Mac Plus I borrowed. It took me several months to save up more money to get an Ehman 45MB hard drive. From that point on, my Mac could fly!

I got into desktop publishing and started using LetraSet’s Ready-Set-Go to create newsletters, flyers and a lot of other printed things. I later moved up to Pagemaker 2.1.

The next thing I got was a 2400 baud modem and soon I discovered the world of Computer Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).

A few years later, I got a Macintosh IIsi, a Power Computing Mac Clone and many other Macs through the years. I was lucky enough to work in a couple of offices where the Mac was the dominant platform.

Today I own several Macs and other connected devices of varying vintage.

I think Chromebooks are great little computers. I own two of them.

As of this update, the Mac platform will be moving to a new ARM based processor architecture. It will be a while if and when I ever acquire an ARM based Mac. Very briefly, the major processor path in the Macintosh platform has been:

  • Motorola 680X0 (68000, 68020, 68030, 68040) – 1984 to 1996.
  • Power PC (IBM) – 1994 to 2006
  • Intel – 2006 – 2022(?)
  • ARM -2020….

Most of my computer time is spent writing, editing photographs, doing print and online layouts, publishing and maintaining several websites. For fun I watch online TV and video, listen to a ton of music and social media, mainly Facebook.

I am well versed in using all of the classic Macintosh system software releases from 1.2 to 6.08 as well as Systems 7.x, OS 8.x and Mac OS9. Today my operating system of choice is just about any favor of OSX / MacOS and their upgraded derivatives including iOS. I also am now an active Chrome OS and Android user and have dabbled in alternative operating systems such as BeOS and Ubuntu Linux.

This blog will contain commentary, news, information, photos and more on anything that I find interesting concerning Apple, the Macintosh, iOS devices, Chromebooks, the internet, photography, electronics, technology and much more. I hope you find this blog helpful, interesting and maybe even entertaining. If you need to get a hold of me, contact me by email at macpro3000@yahoo.com.