25 years of Mac

I will never forget the first time i saw a Mac, i knew that everything else in my life was going to be different, all i had experienced before this was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum …so as you can probably appreciate this was a very profound moment in my development as a human being: as i owe my career to both a Mac and the software I have mastered over the years > so 25 years on, here i am, still using a Mac & lov’n it

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Twenty-five years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh at an event in the Flint Center for the Performing Arts to an audience of about 3000 people

“There wasn’t a person in the room who didn’t think this was history happening,” recalled Richard Doherty, analyst with the Envisioneering Group, who was there

Computerworld recaps some of the history surrounding the original Mac project which was originally considered just a “research project”

After the failure of the Apple III, the Apple board had reservations about allowing Jobs to manage another high-profile project. When Jobs asked to take over the Mac project, the board allowed him to do so, feeling that the relatively unknown project wasn’t critical to Apple’s well being

The result was a resolution by Jobs and his Mac team not only to make a “baby Lisa” but also to turn the Mac into a product that could advance the computing industry as much as or more than the Apple II had done — or, as Jobs has been quoted as saying, to “put a dent in the universe.”

The introduction of the Macintosh was also marked by the broadcast of Apple’s famous 1984 commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl ad break

if you want more of the history of the original Mac, visit Folklore.org which has collected anecdotes about the original Macintosh project and the people who created it. Here is a great piece of nostalgia, video from a 1984 VHS tape produced by Apple to showcase the Macintosh as well as the new Mouse/Desktop interface, and some really nifty mustaches….

god bless the pioneers !

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Happy Birthday Macintosh!

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