Back to black

In May 2007, we ran the second Irish Lotus User Group event.  It was a 2 day, Dublin based geekfest, kicking off a new model of “grass roots” conference and organised by people with no clue what they were doing, in their own time, for free.  And somehow, we pulled it off.  It was my favourite LUG event and I have very very fond memories of the run up, organising and the event itself..

At the end, this community did something special for the organisers and I was introduced to Macs with my first Macbook as a gift.  Actually, a blackbook.



I have been on them since.  This wee Intel Core 2 Duo with 128GB drive and 1GB RAM was smokin fast at the time.  After a few years I replaced with a 15inch MBP, and have since replaced that model with a 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD Monster MBP, which even though it is 2 years old, is still super fast.  In the meantime, my blackbook was put out on loan.  The only condition was it was to be returned when it was finished with.  I could never sell a gift.

Tonight, it was finished with and it’s back with me.


It is old, slow, worn but still works perfectly.  Although I had owned many pieces of hardware before this, the blackbook was the first piece of technology I had an affection for.  Always reliable, it brought me into Macs, travelled the world and never once let anyone down.  Getting it back reminds me of happier times and how good people can be to each other.  It will have a treasured place in my house.



  1. Rachael Said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    Have you ever replaced the battery in it? I got a blackbook not too long after you did and the battery in mine will no longer charge.

  2. pmooneynet Said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    Nope – all original except upgraded memory to 2GB at one stage

  3. Bill Buchan Said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    Go stick 4gb of Ram ( and a 128gb SSD ( in ir for less than 100 quid, and it’ll fly again.

    —* Bill

  4. Stephen Mooney Said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    Reminds me of my affection for my original Mac, the good old 15″ iMac desklamp design.

    A wonderful machine that never let me down. It’s the only computer I will not pass on second hand or sell, as I just love it.

  5. John Stockbridge Said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    Hi Paul

    Am about to upgrade the memory in my 13″ MBP and assumed that 8GB of RAM was the max. Then I read your blog and see that yours has 16GB.

    Is yours a different model?



  6. pmooneynet Said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    Macbook Pro There you go – this is the memory

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