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MacWrite.com Three Years of History Part One: The Beginning
In late February 2000, I called up my best friend Alex, and said, "I want to see you, lets do lunch," since I wanted to touch base and talk about my life, and get ideas from him. He agreed, and we had lunch on that Friday at Barnes on Grandville St. (Good place if you live in Vancouver). This lunch however, would change my life forever...
We talked about his new job, and he showed off his new Dell notebook work had given him (shudder). He said that Windows 2000 was pretty cool and such. This was coming from a die-hard Mac fan? Wow. He was only 17 at the time, and he had a full time job with this place across the border in the US. He quit the job in mid 2000 since it was too corporate for him.
Every time we talk idea's spark between us - every time. I truly envy him - I have to thank him for bringing me back to the Macintosh (from 1992 to 1996 I had a PC), and for helping me give my life direction. He has invited me to his 21st birthday at his new apartment he rents with 2 roommates on March 17.
During our lunch, I was complaining as usual about how my life sucks since I am on disability and can't figure out what to do with my life. I also was complaining about jobs that I didn't want to get etc. So he lectured me about writing articles daily at Mac Nerve Central (a Mac site I was working on but then dumped the idea in favor of MacWrite.com). Then the life-changing sentence - he suggested, that I start up a Mac site, and just write articles. Nothing to special about that, then he suggested I call it "Mac Write: The Macintosh Writing Guide," and MacWrite.com was born.
After lunch, we walked to his place, and I registered the MacWrite.com domain, and Mac Write was born. I of course paid the highest price for the domain possible $35 USD. At the time I didn't know about the world of low cost reliable hosting, but that is for another article.
Now that I had registered MacWrite.com, it was time to start developing the site. I didn't start off by writing articles like I told Alex I was going to do. Instead I focused on doing Mac article listings better then Mac Surfer (of course that didn't last very long). On Monday April 3, 2000, MacWrite.com launched and from April 3, 2000 - May 10 2000, I posted daily article listings, with links to all Mac articles that were submitted to me, and links from Mac sites I knew about.
Then May 10, 2000 I got an e-mail from someone wanting to sponsor hosting of the site, and that would change the course of the site forever, and the Dark ages of MacWrite.com would begin...