Seth kennedy

The first Mac I ever laid eyes on was in 1985, when my uncle, who was a logistics officer for Apple at the time, brought one to my parents house. I don’t remember why he had a 512k Mac with him on vacation, but from that point on I wanted one.

I acquired my first Mac in 1990 from a friend, it had been painted black – which was too cool – and had all the specs scraped off the case (a bit shady now that I think about it). I loved that little Mac, it was under powered, ran OS 7.1, had no optical drive, the monitor was tiny; but I accomplished and learned more than I could have ever imagined.

In 1999. Apple released the first of the G4 towers, and shortly after, I had one on my desk. Later that year, Apple sent me an email with an offer I couldn’t refuse. It was a self paced Technician training course on CD & DVD, once again I ponied up the cash. Through December of 1999, and most of 2000, I worked full time and studied at night. Then in early 2001, I took and passed, the OS and Hardware Technician exams. I was ready to take on the world. It was about a month later that I found a tech job at a local Apple Specialist, and I haven’t looked back. Nine years and eight  Certifications later, Command Prompt was born.

David Ball

I first used a Mac in col­lege back in 1990, and right away I was fas­ci­nated by how the thing worked. I fig­ured out how to get a ter­mi­nal client work­ing on my Mac Plus and hook it up to the college net­work via a home-made LocalTalk cable. This turned out to be a good thing because I could print papers on the Uni­ver­sity laser print­ers in a font other than Courier *and* play Civ­i­liza­tion until four in the morn­ing. I was hooked.

Since then I’ve made a career out of working with Apple technologies in busi­ness for nearly 25 years — as a hard­ware tech­ni­cian, gen­eral trou­bleshooter, in-house IT manager, and for the last twelve years as a mem­ber of the Apple Con­sul­tants Net­work and member of the ACN Advisory Council. I'm an inveterate tinkerer and enthusiastic proponent of mobility technologies, as well as specializing in network architecture, design and security, and have talked countless ears off on that subject as a speaker at assorted tech conferences.

In 2009, I part­nered with Seth Kennedy of Sell­sword Con­sult­ing in Ven­tura to form Com­mand Prompt, our splen­did new ven­ture. Com­bined, our list of areas of exper­tise is an impres­sively long, dry and dull, and our field of knowl­edge extends to just about every IT-acronym you can think of. We work with organizations and busi­nesses of all sizes; from sin­gle per­son enti­ties through to com­pa­nies with hun­dreds of users across mul­ti­ple loca­tions, and we’re always look­ing for a fresh prob­lem or a new challenge.