Mac Turns 30—Will You Celebrate Your PCs Birthday?

By Steven Foster |

Steven Foster with Mac SE 1989

Happy 30th birthday Mac! I was a late-comer to the Mac. My first Mac—a MacIntosh SE—was purchased in 1987, three years after the first Mac appeared on the market. I was ecstatic. Before the Mac I owned a Morrow computer, running on the CPM operation system,  the then competitor with DOS, the operating system developed by Bill Gates and friends (I believe DOS stands for “Dinosaur Operating System”). Those of you who still suffer with  PCs (Primitive Computersrunning fogged-up, dirty, cracked Windows (Why Indeed Never DOutstanding Work) in its various iterations continue to amaze me. You defend yourselves with the tired old arguments from the 1990s with little clue as to why you actually cling to “much cheaper” (in all respects) PCs and their operating system, produced without one byte of creativity.

Every time I get on a PC it reminds me of using my first CPM computer back in the early 80s.  The frustration of trying figure out how to do something as simple as print a document resulted in broken spines on all of my CPM software manuals caused by hurling them against a brick wall. OK, “I’m a Mac” (snob) and “you’re a PC.” I feel real empathy for you. It’s like the difference between being a Progressive and being a Tea Party delusionist—the gulf will never be bridged. Hmmm, I wonder how many tea baggers use Macs. . . ?

Let me ask a simple question.  Will you be celebrating the birthday of your first Dell, HP, or off-brand PC?


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Steven Foster

Describing her first visit with Steven Foster in 1977, Harvard University botanist, Dr. Shiu Ying Hu (1908-2012), wrote, “Our conversation reminded me of something that Confucius said two thousand years ago. ‘In any company of three persons, there must be one who can be my teacher’. . . I found in Steven Foster a teacher who could share a profound knowledge of economic botany, particularly in the cultivation and uses of herbs.” In 1974, at age 17, Steven Foster, began his career at the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shaker Community Herb Department —America's oldest herb business, dating to 1799. There he established three acres of production gardens and managed 1700 acres for the commercial harvest of botanicals. For forty-six years, Steven has photographed and researched herbs from the Amazon rainforest to the highlands of Vietnam. Foster has over 900 photo-illustrated articles published in a wide range of media. Steven also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Botanical Council, and a Contributing Editor to the organization's journal, HerbalGram. Steven is the author, co-author and photographer of eighteen books, including the NEW 2014 Third Edition of A Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants: Eastern and Central North America (with James A. Duke), along with National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs (2010), and A Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine (2006, with Rebecca Johnson), awarded a 2007 New York Public Library “Best of Reference.” He is senior author of three other Peterson Field Guides, including A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (with Dr. James A. Duke), 1st & 2nd editions, 1990, 2000; A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs with Dr. Christopher Hobbs, (2002); and A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants of North America (with Roger Caras, 1995). Other titles include Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West (with Prof. Yue Chongxi, 1992); Herbal Renaissance (1994); among others. Foster makes his home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.