Birth of an iMac

On Friday, April 6, 2007, a fresh new iMac 24″ was delivered to me at my work address. I immediately took 4 hours of Personal Time Off (PTO) so I could go home and play. Warning this is a major Geek post and will definitely reflect my passion for Apple computers, so bare with me. 🙂

I had to re-arrange the computer room a little so two could coexist. Then I unpacked the baby. Here are the pictures I took of the glorious event! Click on any image and it will get bigger.

Here is the shipping box of the iMac. I also got another 1 lb. package that had my Parallels software and Apple Care Protection boxes.

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Here the shipping box is opened and you can see the Apple designed packaging.

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Here is the iMac in it’s Apple packaging and in the foreground are the two packages of software that were in the separate shipping box. Parallels is on the left and 3 year Apple Care Protection is on the right.

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Here the Apple packaging is opened up and you can see the space is well designed for all the components. In the center top is a small box containing software (already installed), mouse, and Apple Remote control. The small box has the words: “Designed by Apple in California.” In the lower section of the packing material is the keyboard wrapped in plastic.

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Here is the small box opened to show the contents neatly packed. On the left is a small booklet that tells you how to “assemble” the iMac (with only 4 steps it seems a little silly – since all it says is plug internet in, plug into wall, connect keyboard, press on – duh!). Below the “tray” of booklet, remote, and mouse are the Mac OS software DVDs in case I need to reinstall anything.

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Here is the keyboard in it’s plastic wrap.

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Here is a look into the box after removing the packaging that held the keyboard and small box contents. The top of the iMac is sticking up and covered in protective wrap and on the lower left side of it is the power cord. This is were I found the Vista Ultimate software box. I was afraid it was left out of my shipping boxes since it wasn’t in the separate software shipping box. I was glad to see it in the iMac box. It was pre-installed but I needed it to re-install under different users.

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Here is a picture of the Vista Ultimate software box.

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Here are the contents of the iMac shipping box. Pretty simple to “assemble” and everything is sitting on the temporary desk till I get the computer room re-arranged for the new baby.

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Here it is assembled (took about a minute).

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Here’s a shot of the back of the iMac so you can see the cords (two, one for the power and one for the keyboard – the mouse plugs into the keyboard. The USB and FireWire ports are on the left there and along with internet connection. The power on button in on the right of the stand in the photo, just below the ugly Vista Ultimate key code sticker (that I have to leave there because the software is pre-installed at the factory and shipped on the computer and this sticker signifies that).

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Here is the start up screen for the very first time. Ahhhhh

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Here it is all up and running. I had a small problem with my cable modem so I was not connected to the internet at the start. A call to Comcast and them resetting my modem fixed all that.

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Here you see the Parallels window with Vista Ultimate being installed and on stage 2. In all it took about 30 minutes to install Vista Ultimate.

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Here is a glamour shot of the iMac this morning with window light making purty shutter lines on the keyboard and monitor. I was in the middle of Migrating all the content of the old computer to the new iMac. Some I had to do manually because I had it stored on an external hard drive and I needed to put it into the places it should be (about 15 minutes). Migration Assistant was a snap and did it in no time (about 30 minutes). It took about an 45 minutes to do it all.

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Here is my old computer getting it’s brain sucked out. The FireWire symbol on the monitor means it’s connected and ready to go. I had to try two different FireWire cables before I found one that worked. Apparently my DVD Drive doesn’t have a nice cable because no matter how I tried it, it didn’t work. So I used the cable from my external hard drive and it did the job.

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Here is my old computer tower with the FireWire cable connected to it during the Migration and to the left of it is the cable modem on the floor (not long enough cords!) so it could reach the new iMac in the middle of the room. Look at the mass of wires under the desk for the old computer!

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And thus concludes my Geek post. I love my new iMac and really glad I went with the 24″ instead of the 20″!!! I still have to figure out how to have two users access the same virtual computer for Parallels so I can get by with one Vista install instead of one for each user. But that will get figured out this afternoon I hope.

One thought on “Birth of an iMac

  1. Congrat’s to you Stevie, this was well deserved for you and you were so patient during your long wait.

    Great pictures!!

    Looking forward to how everything works out for you.

    Greg/Ron

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