In March 2001, Mac OS X 10.0 was released. I had been invited to a "seminar" on this new product, which was being held at a hotel not 15 minutes walk from here, so I went along to see OS X demonstrated in all its glory. When I registered my presence I was invited to enter a raffle for a free boxed copy of Mac OS X at the end of the seminar, so I wrote my name on the back of the supplied business card and dropped it in the glass bowl.
The presentation was entertaining, not least because I knew the guy hosting the seminar. I last met him in June 1999, when he worked for Apple's then Education unit Xemplar. It was during my post-exams month in my final year of "high school", while I was working in my almost exclusively Mac-based school's IT Support department, that this guy paid us a visit to demonstrate a pre-release Mac OS X. There were numerous interface glitches present, and Aqua hadn't even been introduced yet, but the Classic model was in place and a lot of it worked.
As the presentation came to an end, the raffle was held. One card would be drawn out of the bowl, and the person whose name appeared on the card would win themselves a boxed copy of Mac OS X. I sat in shock... as my name was read out. I still can't believe my luck to this day.
After the crowds had dispersed, I stuck around for a small Q&A session with the presenter. I don't think he recognised me, but I at least scored one of about five Mac OS X "The Future Is Here" T-shirts which the organisers had forgotten to give out as raffle prizes earlier. I left on a high, with a bagful of goodies to take home.
As Mac OS X 10.1 came out, free copies were offered to those who had Proof of Purchase coupons supplied with Mac OS X 10.0. Fortunately, three of these came included with my free boxed copy, so I got 10.1 for free too. When 10.2 "Jaguar" rolled around, it was a while before the "Mac OS X for Teachers" promotion was introduced, giving those teachers in Higher Education who went through the application process a free copy of 10.2 upon application. Dad mercifully (I should probably say "duly" by now) brought this promotion to my attention via the promotional material sent to his school. Yay: free, genuine 10.2 installation discs.
Believe it or not, there was an upside to receiving my new PowerBook weeks later than I had previously expected. Because I didn't receive my new computer until after Apple's October 8th announcement of Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther", I apparently qualified for the upgrade program which let me buy Panther for £14 ($23.75). Sweet!
After I took delivery of all the gubbins on Thursday, it took me hours to realise that I didn't have to wait until I could get at the computer to locate its serial number, and that the serial number was printed on the outside of the box. I took a note of the serial number, and promptly used it to purchase my discounted copy of Panther.
Much as I'd have liked to immediately tweak every little detail to my liking as soon as I started up my new computer, I've been forced to do as little configuration on this computer as possible simply because I ordered this completely new OS on Thursday. I plan on wiping and re-partitioning the drive once Panther arrives, so any unnecessary configuration would be wasted. Fortunately I won't have long to wait, as the TNT tracker tells me it's due to be delivered any minute now...