Happy 25th Birthday Mac!
Watching this video of the launch of the first Macintosh certainly brought back some amazing memories and a warm affectionate smile to my lips. On January 24, 1984 the world changed for many of us. It is no doubt difficult for some of you to understand why those of us who used this 9″ computer in 1984, were so taken by it, why it was so personal and precious to us.
The first Mac shipped with an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM (yes 128 KB!!!), and a 400KB floppy disk drive – it set us back US$2,495 (which was a lot of money in those days). 25 years later, the Mac Pro ships with two 2.8GHz Intel Quad-Core Xeon processors, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive for US$2,799.
What was so special about this teeny weeny computer? Why did it arouse so much enthusiasm and attract so many evangelists who have stayed with it through the years? Very simple. It empowered “the rest of us” – whether we were writers, teachers, communicators or artists. The minute you turned the Mac on, you knew what to do. The first graphical user interface made the computer ‘human’ for the person using it. The introduction of the mouse, the pull down menus, and a windowing system made it so easy to use. With MacWrite and MacPaint, we could write and draw and paint. It led the way to us all becaming Desktop Publishers. And guess what? The Mac even spoke to us. Is it any wonder that many of us fell in love with it and with Steve Jobs and the Mac team? Do you believe Steve wore a suit then? 🙂
The changes that the Mac team set in motion 25 years ago have had a profound impact on how computers are used today. Apple has been a trendsetter from the get go, and it continues to be so. With the launch of every new product, it sets a new standard for others to follow. Here’s to another 25 years of innovation! God bless you Steve Jobs, Woz and the entire Mac team. Life would have been so different if hadn’t been for the Mac.
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