Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura

An Open Web advocate and front-end engineer, who loves everything mobile, and writes about HTML5, CSS, JS, UX, tech events, gadgets, etc. She unintentionally got 15min of fame by creating The HTTP Status Cats. Also, the opinions expressed here are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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Thank you, Steve!

Think Different

As a die-hard Apple Fan-girl, I started my very first web site on college web server ( domain) in 1996, when people were speculating Apple was going out of business.

At that time, the Mac community was small but very supportive and exciting – I was particularly involved in the Mac desktop customization email lists, including Japanese ones where I help people with translation.
The Mac-user group in Northridge (maybe it was in Reseda) had a wonderful crowd, and I remember that everybody tried to help me out when my Performa died after installing OS 8.

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, we, the community was truly delighted. We all believed that Apple would revive and become bigger than ever.

In 1998, the Bondi-blue iMac debuted with the catch-phrase “Say Hello to iMac”. Our mind was truly blown away. Steve totally did think differently!

After I graduated from college in the year, I moved to Boston and became a environmental microbiology researcher. Around the time, Mac OS X came out and I decided to do more “pro things” (LOL) on my Mac – I started studying computer science.

The funny thing was that a professor at my first comp sci class was also a die-hard Mac fan so I learned I could program in Java on Mac! I still remember his joke about our computer lab, which was entirely donated by Bill Gates, who used to study at the school.

Years past, my web site has been transformed from Mac-fan site to a web tech blog, I decided to keep the name GirlieMac! to show my origin, because without Macs, I would never decided to become a web developer.


Thank you, Steve, and good bye.

sad mac


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