I’ve bought 280 shares of Apple in 2006 for 59 dollars per share. Today the price is 218 dollars. The stock market of Apple is 198 Billion dollars while Microsoft is 249 Billion dollars. I bought my first Mac in december of 1984. I bought it for 50 000 Swedish kronor which is about 5000 Euros. Back then it was very expensive. In those days I earned 1300 euros a month before taxes, so it was a huge expense. I remember that they had two computers for sale, the first one was called Lisa and it looked like a traditional computer, but I bought the Mac. It had a tiny screen but I fell in love with it. I think I was the first person in Sweden who actually bought the Mac.
Ever since those days I’ve been hearing that the days of Apple are counted and it is just about to die. And actually it was close to die when the Pepsi bozo maneuvered out Steve Jobs, and a downward spiral started for Apple. Also Microsoft developed a decent operating system called Windows XP, which at that time was better then the old Mac OS, version 8 or 9 I don’t remember exactly. Even though the Apple was loosing ground I clinged to it. Mainly due to a programming tool called HyperCard, which Bill Atkinson (one of my heros) developed. I regard HyperCard as a milestone, ahead of its time, even today there are no tools that compare with it. Although Cocoa is a powerful programming environment, it does not even come close to the ease of use which HyperCard had. Fortunately Steve Jobs came back and Mac OS X gave new life to Apple (a sad fact is that Mac OS X doesn’t support HyperCard and today HyperCard is just a sweet memory among many of the old Apple fans, as is 1984 the movie and Knowledge Navigator, a skunk project at Apple in 1987 (look them up on YouTube). Apple also developed Ipod, Iphone and soon Ipad will be released the 3rd of April. I recall that it’s been almost a year now since I’ve last heard that Apple is about to die. Very strange since I’ve been hearing it for almost 25 years.