I’m 66, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I got my Mac 512 for Christmas 1985, then took advantage of the 1/2 price upgrade to Mac Plus when that became available in January 1986. As those of you who go back that far recall, the System, MacWrite, and MacPaint all came on a single 400k floppy. I joined the MacTechnics user group immediately after receiving that really nice Christmas present, and have been an active member ever since. I’ve been on the Board of Directors of MacTechnics since the late 1980s, when I took over as software downloader (from GEnie) for our monthly set of freeware/shareware floppies we made available for copying at user group meetings. I’ve been the Membership Secretary for a whole bunch of years. The group has dwindled from its maximum membership of 400+ members to the current membership of around 50, but we still have our monthly meetings where we enjoy one another’s company and learn new tips and techniques.
Times have changed. My first hard drive, a vast 110 Mb, cost over $1000. I had a Jasmine MegaDrive, with its huge 10 Mb removable platters, which I believe cost nearly as much.
Subsequently I’ve owned a Mac SE (with an upgraded processor by…Total Computing? Something like that), a Mac Centris, a PowerComputing tower (don’t recall the name), a Mac Quicksilver, a PowerBook G3 (which I still own, though I have no idea if it would still boot up), a 2007 MacBook Pro, a 2011 27" iMac, and a 2015 MacBook Pro, which is my current desktop/portable hybrid computer. There might be another model or two in there somewhere I’m forgetting. Also, naturally, several Apple mobile devices. Gadgetry is fun.