@Norm, no I never had one of those “iLamp” iMacs. I always liked them though aesthetically but always tended to desire the power based desktops with maximum internal expandability. Are their conversion kits to keep the rounded internal ports on those? Its pretty amazing to see the conversions of what people do with various old Macs beyond updating the internals to modern standards, everything from fish tanks, grills, furniture, etc.
I thought 25 years was far enough back concerning the internet. But going back 30-40 years…
The first computer I ever saw was some home-brew behemoth when I was a kid. Down the road we had neighbors who had a farm, one time we were over there visiting and their son showed us in the basement his homemade computer, perhaps a hobby or perhaps somehow work related. All I remember was it was multiple floor to ceiling homemade wooden racks filled with ram boards etc., and wires going all over up and down, all driving a 6” to 10” monotone green monitor with only text. I felt like I just stepped into NASA mission control, it was confusing and inspiring at that age. They moved away a few years later, I really need to remember his name and research him.
Then came the Magnavox Odyssey 200 console and Pong in all it’s glory, and onward to the Atari 2600. My first actual exposure to using a computer was an early Commodore 64 and Basic. The first Macintosh I ever saw in person was the 512K I think, then years later the Quadra’s. My first personal Mac I ever bought was a Performa, then a little later a super charged PowerMac 7600, and on from there with various pro level laptops and towers. I was a super Apple fan back then when Apple was more of a niche before becoming a mainstream consumer brand. Over the years my feelings for Apple have waned as they seemingly left traditional power users behind with updated models and focused more on general consumers.
The fun thing now is there are emulators for all this old stuff, which can be fun.