Other news: my friend Margaret's annual christmas/hanukka/soltice/ramadan/kwanza party was last night. As part of the tradition everyone brings a white elephant give of no more than $5 to trade in a fun crazy gift exchange. One year, I got a pack of playing cards with naked fat ladies on them - huge, bulging nasty women with folds of fat hanging off of places I didn't know fat grew. It was nice. But this year's gift beat that by far. I brought a Pretty Princess Dress Up Set with studded tiara and matching earings - Sarah's boyfriend (also a marine, huhm) got that one. In return I got a Macintosh SE. Yes you heard right - the biggest and maybe the most worthless gift at the party went home with yours truly when I traded my 2002 Jeopardy day-by-day calendar to the other Sarah for it. And it boots! It came complete with the mouse, the keyboard, and even a power cable (probably the most valuable part of the thing). The start-up screen is a picture of a topless woman in all her black and white CGA glory - yes! It has a brick knockout game on it, Aldus PageMaker, MacWrite, and a program that makes oscar the grouch pop out of the trash can and thank you every time you empty it. It has 1MB of system memory. As much as I laugh at it, I have to admit it gets my award for being 1) the smallest computer I own 2) the quietest computer I own 3) the computer with the fastest start up/shut down time I've ever seen and 4) best naked lady start-up screen.
I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for yet (besides a paperweight, of course). It's got a screensaver, maybe it can just look pretty all the time. Maybe I'll paint it. But I officially have owned a macintosh computer in my lifetime now, I hope all of you mac geeks out there are happy.
Question: The Macintosh SE is obviously worth less than $5 now - for the prize, what was it worth in 1990 when it was made?