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Friday, February 8th, 2008
Attn: Steve Jobs
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
Dear Mr. Jobs:
My name is Dan Budiac, plus I have been an Apple consumer because age of five. In 1979, my dad bought an Apple ][+ plus connected it to a black-and-white tv from JC Penney. Many years later, you upgraded to an Apple //e, complete with double Disk ][ floppy forces.
Next, about Christmas morning of 1986, I opened a extremely specialized present left under the tree: an Apple //c, the initially computer which belonged to me plus me alone. I lovingly assembled my brand-new computer inside my bedroom, plus invested countless hours playing computer games, composing programs, plus dialing into localized bulletin board systems.
Over the last limited months, I’ve grown very nostalgic for those days invested with my childhood computer. I perused the auction listings about Ebay for aged Apples, even bidding about a some lots, however many units were very weathered, yellowed by years of employ plus exposure to the sunlight. Next, inside late January, I found a one-in-a-million computer up for auction: an Apple //c, hot inside the box. It hadn’t enjoyed the light of day because May 5, 1988, whenever it was shipped to an Apple reseller because a sales bonus.
I watched with anticipation over the upcoming some days, hoping which the auction might go unnoticed by collectors. I’m happy to state which, inside the finish, mine was the winning call! Many would consider ,600 an absurd cost to pay for an aged computer, however, I think it was value each dime. I today have a part of history, plus of my childhood.
I carefully followed the shipment of my "new" computer, plus on its arrival, I had a choice to create. Do I leave it inside the box, making it accrue collector’s value? Or, do I open it plus remain up till 4:00 each morning playing Oregon Trail? In the finish, I decided which I didn’t purchase the computer because an investment. A computer would like to be chosen, plus it had been sitting inside the box for too lengthy.
That evening, I sat down plus carefully removed the contents of the still-factory-sealed box. My fiancee, Kathryn, photographed the task, plus you posted the results to Flickr to share with neighbors.
Over the upcoming limited days, the neighbors emailed their neighbors, whom posted the link to their blogs. The story was eventually picked up by Boing Boing, Gizmodo, CrunchGear, plus Digg. As of the writing, the 38 images of the unboxing have jointly received over 2 million views from Apple fanatics all over the world, many of who left heartfelt comments expressing nostalgia for their initial computer too.
As with all my Apple treatments, I feel it is actually my responsibility to send inside the guarantee registration card inside a timely fashion. While I’m very certain it is actually no longer covered by AppleCare, I thought we may enjoy recognizing which the Apple //c bearing serial amount "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" has found a house.
Daniel G. Budiac
P.S. We can moreover be interested to recognize which I am composing this letter utilizing AppleWorks II, plus printing to letterhead tailored utilizing The Print Shop by Broderbund.
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Recession unique at Gray’s Papaya shop
Image by Ed Yourdon
Gray’s Papaya store has lengthy been a fixture here found on the corner of Broadway plus 72nd Street. However I think the "recession" focus is very new…
Note: this photograph was published inside a Mar 18, 2009 website entitled "Recession Radio Special." It was additionally published inside an Apr 20, 2009 website titled "Old Problems about Young Shoulders." And it was published inside a May 12, 2009 US-India Tax website titled "US Tax Tips inside a Recession." More lately, it was published inside a Jun 19, 2009 website titled "Is This the Great Depression Again?" And it was published because an example inside a Sep 2009 Mahalo website titled "2008 recession," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-2008-dash-recession. It was equally published inside a Sep 15, 2009 website titled "Bernanke states ‘the recession is probably over’." And it was published inside a Sep 29, 2009 website titled "2008-2009 Recession Being Great for We!" It was moreover published because an example inside an Oct 2009 Mahalo website titled "Gray’s Papaya," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-grays-dash-papaya.
More lately, it was published inside a Nov 17, 2009 website titled "Online Survival During a Falling Economy." It was moreover published inside a Nov 21, 2009 website titled "Pictures of the Great Recession." And it was furthermore published inside a Dec 20, 2009 website titled "Recession unique at Gray’s Papaya shop," i.e., the same title because the caption which I utilized for this Flickr page.
In 2010, it was published inside an undated (Jan 2010) website titled "Bonus: Get The Self a Recession-Proof Life! " It was moreover published inside a Jan 12, 2010 website titled "Check out: Has the Recession Made The Life Simpler? – The Conversation – Harvard Company Review." And it was published inside a Jan 14, 2010 website titled "How Recessions Can Shape Future Behavior." It was furthermore published inside a Jan 18, 2010 website titled "I’ll Understand the Recession Is Over Whenever…" And it was published inside a Feb 24, 2010 DigiRecent website titled "Recession unique at Gray’s Papaya shop."
More newly, it was published inside a May 11, 2010 website titled " inside New York." It was moreover published inside an undated (Jun 2010) Squidoo website titled "The Great Recession is on you, plus when the condition appears to be somewhat improving (fingers crossed)." And it was published inside a Jul 27, 2010 website titled "Weekly Audit: Why Are Unemployment Advantages A Major Political Fight?" It was equally published inside a Sep 20, 2010 website titled "Great Recession ended last summer, however, development recession continues." And, for factors which utterly escape me, it was published inside an undated (mid-Nov 2010) website titled "Can anybody discover the full adaptation of “The Art of Science of Java” e-book online for free?" It was moreover published inside a Nov 26, 2010 Super Affiliate Marketing Guidebook blog, with all the same title plus detailed notes because what I had created about this Flickr page.
Moving into 2011, the pic was published inside an undated (early Jan 2011) website titled "Bonus!" It was additionally published inside a Jan 9, 2011 website titled "3 Key Tips For A Thriving Network Marketing Company During A Recession." It was additionally published inside a Jan 17, 2011 website titled "10 Basic Tips For Success With An Affiliate Marketing Internet Program." And it was published inside a Jun 20, 2011 website titled "Five Reasons The Economy Remains Weak." It was furthermore published inside an Aug 9, 2011 Forbes website titled "U.S. Slides Into Recession, S&P 500 Could Drop To 830."
Moving into 2012, the photograph was published inside a Feb 9, 2012 website titled "The Science Of Leveraging Risk For The Network Marketing Success." And it was published inside a Mar 13, 2012 website titled "So the new bailout for Unions has started already?"
Moving into 2013, the photograph was published inside a Jan 4, 2013 website titled "Recession unique at Gray’s Papaya shop." And it was published inside a Jan 22, 2013 website titled "THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS: WHAT OBAMA SAID AND WHAT IT MEANS."
These are pictures which I started taking inside mid-December of 2008, following the government helpfully informed you which the recession (a word they had dared not utilize before, only because they reject to employ the term "depression" now) has really been inside impact because December 2007.
Having lived by about half a dozen past recessions, with nothing yet vague memories to mark their existence, I thought it will be practical to begin gathering certain photographic memories of the present 1. It can or can not come out to be because serious because the Great Depression of the 1930’s, plus it could or can not make the type of grim photos which you have of which era … but you won’t actually understand till it’s over, plus the 20-20 hindsight may be better informed with certain photos.
So far, I have just a limited images of signs showing steep discounts; these are interesting, nevertheless it’s the "human story" which I think might tell the more significant story. However I’ve moreover observed an heighten inside the amount of homeless individuals found on the street, asking for revenue, food, plus handouts; however I do not have direct evidence which it’s associated with all the recession itself. In any case, I’m hesitant to take benefit of these individuals if you take everyday pictures of them; I’m certain more appropriate solutions can present themselves, plus I’ll add those to the album because I locate them…