Avalon Island and its Survivors!

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Macaroon

Member
Judd Spitzer
Titan Tech from Cape Canaveral
Julie Reynolds-Grabbe
NASA Ames Californian
Mark Waldmiller
New York Circuit Designer
Moe Bradley
Orlando Mac Support
Joann Cleer
San Jose Mac Lover
Kent Schwarz
Denver Astronautics Engineer



Before the Macaroons, there were the Pomorum and Macadamia tribes...

Pomorum Tribe

Member
Allan Woods
Single-Button Californian Mouser
David Drumheller
Member at Large
Jay S.
Naval Undersea Warrior from Connecticut
Joann Cleer
San Jose Mac Lover
Kent Schwarz
Denver Astronautics Engineer


Macadamia Tribe

Member
Judd Spitzer
Titan Tech from Cape Canaveral
Julie Reynolds-Grabbe
NASA Ames Californian
Mark Waldmiller
New York Circuit Designer
Moe Bradley
Orlando Mac Support
Thomas Barrett
Pennsylvania Gamer

Tribal Information


Kent Schwarz
Denver Colorado, Astronautics, Waterton Canyon
Acoutic and Vibration Lab Test Engineer

There used to be about 5000 macs at our plant. Now there are only 2 left in our small group and one is on one of my 2 desks, the other desk has one of those other windoze things on it. The Mac is actually a Power Computing 601/120 with 64 meg ram 1 gig hd. I still use it to convert old stuff to PC and for working on pictures with photoshop. I also use it to surf with netscape (less traceable). Occasionaly I use it for drafting with Ashlar Vellum or Claris Cad.



Joann Cleer
I started work as a Department Secretary in the Computer Operations Department for Philco-Ford and fell in love with computers (even tho we ARE talking mainframe, teletype terminals and keypunch cards!) Eventually, Philco-Ford begat Ford Aerospace, which begat Loral Aerospace, which begat Lockheed Martin. I've had various careers during my 30 years of employment; the last 15 years have been happily spent providing software, hardware, training and administrative support for, at one point, almost 500 Macs. Unfortunately, those were the "good ol' Mac days" before Lockheed Martin went over to the "Darkside", and I'm supporting less than 100 Macs now, most of which will be gone by 2001 (sniff!). For the last two years I've been part of the Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems Division (aka EIS, or as we call it--the Borg!) which is supporting the M&DS Division here in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA.

My love affair with Apple began with a part-time job on weekends at a small retail computer store which sold various computers including the Apple II's. This is where I got my frist "Apple computer training." When the Macs came out, Apple made a special offer to sales personnel of "Apple Authorized" stores to purchase the NEW 128k Mac for less than the 2000-something dollars selling price--such a deal! I loved my 128K Mac and I've still got it at home! I did, however, upgraded it to a Mac IIci and will probably make the giant leap to a G4 in the near future.

At work I've used and supported a succession of Mac Pluses, SE's, Mac II's, and PowerMacs, and currently have one of the very few beige G3's ever purchased (mine was the "spare part" Mac; luckily it hasn't been needed!) I am known as the Macintosh "Grand Poobah" (a title I obtained from a Mac-trivia test in a magazine ages ago.) I am the keeper of the "Official Mac Support Magic Rubber Chicken", which is hanging by a noose on my office wall and is only used for EXTREME MacSupport emergencies. I have four computers in my office--my G3 for doing real work; a Mac 7300/200 for testing/troubleshooting software; and two Borg-issue PC's running Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 2000. Windows support is interesting, but MacSupport ALWAYS is and will be more fun!!



Mark Waldmiller
I'm a digital circuit designer at LM Control Systems (to become BAE Systems Controls on Monday) in Johnson City, NY. We have no Macs here, aside from a lone Mac II collecting dust in an empty cubicle I know of. My primary machine at home is a Centris 650. I also have a Mac Plus (upgraded from my original Mac 128K), which doesn't get powered up all too often anymore. On the dark side, I have a wintel 486 machine that I kick around every now and then. The machines at home are mostly used for web, email, finances, and a lot of tinkering to see just how much I can push out of this old equipment. I see a G4 in my future though.



Jay
I live in Connecticut and work in Rhode Island. I use Macs exclusively for all work and personal computing.



Moe Bradley
I have been an Apple user for many years, my first Apple being an Apple IIe back in the early 80's. I have been doing Macintosh support in one forum or another since 1989, most recently as an analyst at the ESD in Orlando, FL. For the most part, Macs are used in the ESD as a tool to troubleshoot the rare phone call made by a Mac user experiencing problems with their machine. I am now a Quality Manager for the ESD, and I use my Mac for most day-to-day work - documents, presentations, spreadsheets and the like. I still use my PC for email and our problem reporting system (which is no longer supported on the Mac platform).



Judd Spitzer
"Avalon Island - We all Think Different!"
I work in Florida, at Cape Canaveral AFS for Lockheed Martin Astronautics Operations. I am part of the Titan Launch Operations Team, specifically I am a technician with the Centaur Operations side. We used to have a large number of Macs, but we've been squeezed out. I do believe if they came back, they'd be well received in many areas. (just small pockets of PC resistance)



Julie Reynolds-Grabbe
I am a 28 year old System Administrator at NASA Ames Research Center in California. I work for Sterling Software/Computer Associates/Northrop Grumman/Logicon (we were recently acquired and my employer is one of the above four). There are probably 4,000-6,000 Macs at Ames. I am also co chairman of the Ames' Mac Support Group which is a 90 person group of sys admins and power-users. I help coordinate events with vendors, monthly meetings, our web site and special Mac-focused events at Ames. I have a G3 PB 500 that I love and use relentlessly.



Thomas Barrett
I work in Pennsylvania for Management & Data Systems which is part of the Space Systems Company which is part of Lockheed Martin. We do nothing with Macs over here (there is an office over by the soda fridge with a bunch of abandoned Macs). I have a 7100->G3 upgrade at home and my daughter has an iMac; these are used for home computing, education, and an increasing amount of game playing.



Allan Woods
"Our Platform is our platform."
I work in California for a company that was bought by and is now part of a dwindling empire ruled by Lockheed Martin. Currently, Macs here are used as vestiges as they were replaced by corporate fiat. There are a few who know better and cling to the more useful Mac platform to get things done more easily. I am part of the computer support staff and know how much easier it is to support and maintain Macs. I (we) use Macs for creative purposes (CD labels for in-house CDs, notices, warnings, web site maintenance) and as regular workstations (There is very little of the day-to-day that cannot be done on a Mac.) My Mac at home is my friend and companion and serves me well in all things useful and fun. It has a single mouse button. I have never felt the need for two.



David Drumheller
Member at large.