Confessions of a tech junkie

Confessions of a tech junkie

My name is Mike Willis and I’m a tech junkie.

The movie the Fly

Jeff Golblum steps into his human fax machine.

I confess, I’ve done it all. Back in the early days, late 70′s, I started out on basic stuff. FAX. Good technology back then. FAX was like magic. You slid a paper into the holder, pushed a button, and like magic it was teleported and put back together at another machine miles away. Like The Fly except with better results.

Later on FAX wasn’t cutting it, I need more. Something that would give me that technological buzz that FAX couldn’t produce anymore.

Apple Logo

Me and Apple- we think alike. Not different.

That’s when I discovered MAC. It was 1985. MAC was introduced to me by a long haired college drop out named Steve Jobs. He and another dude had a funky company called Apple. I dug their logo man, with it’s cool rainbow colors. I thought- “far out man, that’s the name of MY company- “Rainbow Graphics“. Is that like, Karma or what? You mixed MAC with POSTSCRIPT and you had powerful design mojo going on. The sky’s the limit when you’re on MAC. Steve profoundly changed my life from that point forward.

MAC has always been my first choice, but I tried other stuff, sure; FLOPPY, ZIP, JAZZ, SYQUEST, OPTICAL, you name it- I hooked up with it.

I was cruising along. Trying different kinds of MAC. Tried a bit of TETRONIX then EPSON. Dug the colors of LCD and PLASMA.

Then something new hit the street. WWW. Also known as NET and WEB. When you were on WEB it was called “surfin’” because that’s what it felt like. It’s like “instant knowledge” was mine for the taking. At first it was pretty mild. You used a modem to “surf”. You’d hear all these funky buzzes and pops and all of a sudden- BAM you were surfin’. Later DSL and CABLE came along. Of course I upgraded.

Later I got hooked on a new Apple product, street name “iPOD”. Music, man, pure music to my ears.

In 2007 I realized I had a problem. I couldn’t stop. Everything that flashed looked good. By now my old buddy Jobs was every tech junkie’s “god”. He was putting out gizmos that would blow your mind. And then he did just that. Blew everyone’s mind. iPHONE, a technological marvel. I mean, what didn’t it have? It was dead sexy, you could talk on it, listen to music, watch movies, play games, take pictures. And the aps. Every conceivable thing you could want to do, there was an ap for it. I wanted it, had to have it. I was out of control. I needed help. But there are no 12 step programs for tech junkies.

So I went cold turkey. Turned my back on the iPHONE. Oh sure, it was hard. All my friends got into iPHONE immediately. They’d give me their little smug looks while¬† tapping and talking away.

So, I’ve been pretty good over the last 4 years. Oh sure, a little MAC here and there. But nothing really good, you know, really “tekkie”. Well… I did have one relapse… it’s for blog use only of course… not recreational…

the iPAD is awesome!

Once a tech junkie, always a tech junkie.


Thanks Steve… for everything.

patrick collins - October 14, 2011 - 3:39 pm

better results than “The Fly”?? what are you talking about?? I don’t ever see you walking on your ceiling!!

mari gonzo garcia - October 14, 2011 - 3:57 pm

I always thought you’d just help me become tech savvy and you did, in the 90s, such is the learning curve. in my houses we have 3 MacBooks, 2 iPads and 2 iPhones.
fucking corporate sellouts all!

mari gonzo garcia - October 14, 2011 - 3:58 pm

oh yeah, and one iPod

Molly Busacca - October 14, 2011 - 5:12 pm

I loved The Fly. Thank you for paying tribute to Steve Jobs, classic sci-fi, and rainbow oriented logos and company names in the same blog…you are amazing.

Don Ambriz - October 14, 2011 - 8:49 pm

Yo’ Mike. great post…a walk down Memory Lane for me … I was always just behind the curve – the Willis Curve! You always talked about me becoming a dinosaur with my ancient handskills – glad I succumbed to your constant urging……I still own lot of your old cast offs – actually many continue to be pressed into service in my Studio n the forest…but the one behemoth that remains burned into my mind is that TETRONIX Beast! That printer weighed more than most boat anchors and shook the whole counter top when printing…you wouldn’t even take it back after I move up to the Epson 3000…yup, MACs are great – I love your shout out to Steve Jobs – what a different place the world would be, had be not been here.

David Norris - October 14, 2011 - 11:08 pm

Mike, you humble guy as you did not even mention all the Apple stock you also accumulated over the years

Ryan Northway - October 15, 2011 - 3:25 am

Wonderful history lesson– is there a college course up at BC where we can continue this conversation!?! :) Keep em coming #loyalfan

willisdesign - October 17, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Norris- I only wish I had accumulated Apple stock. Instead I just help drive the stock up.
Don- Thanks for taking all that crap off my hands.It was certainly better than dumping it!
Molly and Pat- interesting you two reacted to the Fly reference.

Bill - October 17, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Hello I’m Bill, and I started with a Kaypro II CPM-based dual floppy with a telephone cable connecting the keyboard

willisdesign - October 17, 2011 - 10:11 pm

Hello Bill. It takes a real man to admit that.

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