Capstone #3B – Interview

On 5/15 I had my interview. What I did was in the morning I went to Fox Meadow and I met with the computer teacher, Peter McKenna, we talked about a few different computers and what made them so good. I learned a lot about the first Macintosh and how it completely upstarted Apple. We also talked about how Apple started going downhill after they fired Steve Jobs.

We started talking about the first computer which is the Apple I, he told me how it worked, what it did, and the pros and cons of it. Then, after that, we talked about the jump from Apple I to Apple II. Apple I was wooden with no monitor that had to be connected to a TV and the Apple II which had a monitor and it can hold a floppy disk. He said Apple I was something they made for to sell but when they made Apple II they had a real business going. Next, we had a conversation about why the Apple III and the Apple Lisa (the fourth computer) didn’t do so well. He answered most of my sub-questions like, what is the first Apple computer and what computer saved Apple’s  business. The last thing we talked about was how Apple did not do so well in the late 90s. He said that Apple had to have a strict boss for it to do well because it didn’t do well without Steve Jobs.

These are the questions that I asked him:

  1. I know you have/had a few old computers, what do you think is your favorite one and what do you know about them?
  2. Do you teach anything about old computers to your students?
  3. Do you know anything about the mac pro?
  4. Can you tell me a bit of stuff about the G3 and why business was so good for it?
  5. What is one of the most special things about the Macintosh?
  6. Was there a big difference between Apple I and Apple II?
  7. Can you tell me a bit about the first computer
  8. Do you know anything about Apple Lisa or Apple III and why business was so bad for it

When I asked him all of my questions and I was done interviewing him, what we did was, we went into another room and he showed me three old computers. One of them is the iMac G4. Then We looked at a Macintosh Plus from 1984. He also had a Macintosh LC II which actually worked when we turned it on and I got a video of it starting up.

Overall I would say that the interview was a complete success because I learned a lot Old Apple Computers


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