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Happy 25th, Macintosh! 296

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bradgoodman writes to tell us that tomorrow will mark the 25th anniversary of the first Macintosh, debuting just 2 days after the famous Super Bowl XVIII commercial. "'The Macintosh demonstrated that it was possible and profitable to create a machine to be used by millions and millions of people,' said Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, research director for the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto, California, think tank, and chief force behind 'Making the Macintosh: Technology and Culture in Silicon Valley,' an online historical exhibit. 'The gold standard now for personal electronics is, "Is it easy enough for my grandmother to use it?" People on the Macintosh project were the first people to talk about a product in that way.'"
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  • 'The gold standard now for personal electronics is, "Is it easy enough for my grandmother to use it?" People on the Macintosh project were the first people to talk about a product in that way.'"

    And those slogan stealing bastards are Sears. Always trying to piggyback on Apple innovation...

    • Re:Not the first... (Score:4, Informative)

      by dimeglio (456244) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:19PM (#26582821)

      Yep, I was one of those who bought one during the first 100 days. All I remember was how painful it was swapping 3.5" floppies in and out of that computer. It was easy but painful. The Apple Lisa was much better and had a hard disk (that amazing 5mb Apple Profile). Sadly it was 3-4 times the price.

      • OT: Sig (Score:5, Funny)

        by Hatta (162192) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:49PM (#26583175) Journal

        [ My car's odometer reads in pentaparsecs. My speedometer in parsecs/hour. ]

        Does your car appear blue from the front, and red from behind?

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by lymond01 (314120)

        Clearly you never had to wait for your dad to shell out $400 for a 5.25" floppy drive upgrade on your Commodore 64 because your cassette drive would just take FOREVER to load Temple of Apshai (which, until this very post some 25 years later -- Christ... -- I thought was spelled Aphsai).

    • by goombah99 (560566) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:21PM (#26582839)

      Pioneers get the arrows, settlers get the land, is the operating phrase of most major technology companies. Apple did not invent the mp3 player, but they most definitely settled it. They did not invent postscript, but they definitely established it. And they did not invent the GUI but they settled it.

      But taken as a whole, the mac was really a pioneering achievement, When you consider what was available at the time. Sure Xerox had their star systems, people used floppies and so on. But to put it all together in (relatively) cheap system that did not have a command line at all and sell it to consumers was a huge risk. And one that took a lot of innovations to make all work together. It had an original OS. It used software driven instruments to do everything (apple desktop bus. disk timing, character generators, etc...)

      a huge leap and worthy of the boldness of that ad.

      • by mdwh2 (535323)

        Pioneers get the arrows, settlers get the land, is the operating phrase of most major technology companies. ... And they did not invent the GUI but they settled it.

        As did many other companies. Like it or not though, 95% or so of that land is "settled" by one particular other company... I'm not sure this is a good analogy :)

  • I'm a PC. I've always been a PC at heart.

    Not like the rest, the others. Everyone around me. I was at odds with my society and knew it early since birth. Unlike them, I did not "Think Different!"--the mantra of the Macs around me, the phrase on all the billboards in the city that served as a reminder to its citizenry. Sameness pervaded the essence of my being and no amount of self-conditioning I did could change that. Eventually, I gave up and isolated myself emotionally from society.

    I gaze at the faces goin

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by camperdave (969942)
      Hi, I'm Linux [youtube.com]
      Pleather! [youtube.com]
      It's Okay. We're all friends here. [youtube.com]
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by TheRaven64 (641858)
        Wow. Those are probably the worst adverts ever. The take home messages from each one:
        1. Linux has 30 million users, so about 0.3% of the total market. Look at Linux! It's relevant! Oh and it's been around for 'a long time' but still only made it to 0.3%. Yay.
        2. Linux UI changes every few minutes, Windows will stay the same for 6-7 years. Switch to Linux (if you like retraining costs every few months)!
        3. Using Linux is really embarrassing. Don't admit it in public.

        Not really sure what they were trying t

    • I'm a PC. I've always been a PC at heart.

      And it was funny, in a rather pointless way, when you posted it the first time. Now the joke is getting old.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Idiomatick (976696)

      Man your karma is going to take a massive hit ... getting dozens of +1funny from humans and -1troll from the macs. Kudos

    • by dangitman (862676)
      Aside from being copypasta, the pasted text has everything backwards. It's Windows which was designed for narrow-minded idiots. The Mac was always about expanding possibilities, doing new and different things.
      • by idontgno (624372)

        And that's what makes it a marvelously effective troll. Only the bigots can detect the substitution*. (As a notable corollary, only the bigots care.) The rest of us lol a bit, mostly at the joke, but juuuust a little at the bigots slapfighting each other. ("No, you're a tard, Mac!" "No, you're a tard, PC!")

        *"substitution" == pretending the joke is supposed to be on the other guys. In truth, it's on both of you.

        • by dangitman (862676)

          The rest of us lol a bit, mostly at the joke, but juuuust a little at the bigots slapfighting each other. ("No, you're a tard, Mac!" "No, you're a tard, PC!")

          Yeah, I guess I got a little fished in there... although I knew at the time I was just responding to a pointless troll. I guess what I'd like is more slashdot discussions that don't require the debunking of tired myths before we can get to the interesting discussion.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          No, the joke is precisely what it appears to be: making fun of pretentious Apple fanatics. In reality it doesn't matter what OS you use so long as it suits your purpose, but when you debate the relative pros and cons of apple products versus anything else, you're going to get marked down if you even imply the big A's products are overhyped and, at times, overpriced.

          You don't see very many Windows zealots, and Linux evangelists are often still capable of pointing out Linux's own flaws. When it comes to Apple

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by dangitman (862676)
            Of course, your rants about uncritical Apple worship are nothing but bullshit. Apple fans can be aggressively critical of Apple, and they aren't conformists. The problem is that on forums like this, so many people spout utter lies and bullshit, that it needs to be debunked before we can get to the constructive and rational criticisms. Posts like yours do nothing but drive the discourse away from that and towards the "zealotry" you supposedly despise. If you actually made reasonable accusations and criticism
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:29PM (#26582127)

    It was the last day I showered or left the basement.

  • Will this include a commemorative model Macintosh like the 20th Anniversary [wikipedia.org] did? (I own two, one dead by lightning strike.)

    • While the TAM was incredibly forward-looking and foreshadowed Apple's coming priority of cutting-edge industrial design, I think its status as a "commemorative" model was very much a product of the Gil Amelio era at Apple. Somehow that sort of status for a product doesn't seem to fit in with Apple's present-day, minimalist offering strategy.

      • by HTH NE1 (675604) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:38PM (#26583037)

        Yeah, but I can still hope for some kind of a Mac Mini-level revision with a bump in speed and a built-in iPod dock to come out tomorrow at a price point of $666.66 (between the prices of the two current configurations), perhaps merging in features of the Apple TV platform.

        Or even better, how about a pocket-sized Mac Micro? That would be a shocker!

    • by dangitman (862676)
      No. Steve has publicly said that Apple today is about looking to the future, not being nostalgic about the past. He really seems to hate fetishes and nostalgia. I can see where he's coming from, because Apple could very easily get caught up in repeating the past and reminiscing about the good old days.
    • The 20th anniversary mac was made in 1997. It is now 2009 (12 years later).
      Interesting....
      • by HTH NE1 (675604)

        Ah, that's right. The 20th Anniversary Mac was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Apple.

  • Kinda Telling (Score:4, Insightful)

    by QuantumRiff (120817) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:30PM (#26582149)

    That you mention "Apples Superbowl Commercial" and people know it. My dad knows, and is a real estate manager! That commercial really sticks in peoples mind. I would love to see apple come out with another commercial of that caliber. The Hal9000 commercial wasn't nearly as cool...

    • by lymond01 (314120)

      I'd say the "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC." commercials are pretty famous.

    • I would love to see apple come out with another commercial of that caliber.

      I know! You could get Steve Jobs to appear in a series of commercials with Carrot Top!

  • Not my Grandmother (Score:4, Informative)

    by aardwolf64 (160070) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:30PM (#26582153) Homepage

    I have two Macs at home, but I don't think my Grandmother could handle it. How do you explain the difference between quitting an application and simply closing the window? My wife has the same issue...

    • by Hatta (162192)

      If you read this article [slashdot.org] from yesterday, it seems that even slashdotters have some trouble with the distinction.

    • by dingen (958134) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:03PM (#26582633)
      Why should your grandmother care? If she wants to surf the web, she clicks on Safari in the dock. If it's already running, she'll get a window to browse the web with. If it's not running, it will load and she'll get a window to browse the web with.

      Keeping track of which applications are currently running is something for techies who are concerned with memory usage and such because they actually know how their computer works. Your grandmother doesn't so neither does she needs to know the difference between closing a window and closing an application.

      • by GaryPatterson (852699) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:35PM (#26583001)

        On top of that, a good OS will page out the unused application after a while, so it's taking up neither RAM nor CPU cycles.

        It doesn't matter if the app is left open, it doesn't have any noticeable impact on the system for users.

      • by mdwh2 (535323) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:40PM (#26583063) Journal

        She'll care when it's "Why does my computer keep running slow?" or even that she doesn't have enough memory to open applications. Especially 25 years ago, when OSs didn't swap out RAM, and RAM was very limited.

        Are you actually saying that users never closing applications was intended behaviour?

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by Lars T. (470328)
          Yeah, you are right, she would have been much happier using DOS.
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by SpooForBrains (771537)
          25 years ago, the Mac did not have Multifinder, and thus this was a non-issue. You could only have one application open at once.
    • by dangitman (862676)
      Just explain the difference between an application and a window. Grandmothers typically aren't stupid. Grandmothers of the original Mac era easily understood it. The only reason people today don't understand it is that they've gotten used to the Windows way, where a window is perceived as the application.
      • by mdwh2 (535323)

        The only reason people today don't understand it is that they've gotten used to the Windows way, where a window is perceived as the application.

        I've used a variety of OSs, so I don't think this is the issue. It's fundamental UI problem - there's no visual indication that the application is still running, so one assumes it isn't. This doesn't have to be a window - e.g., on AmigaOS you could close windows, but still leave a screen open for it.

        • by dangitman (862676)

          I've used a variety of OSs, so I don't think this is the issue. It's fundamental UI problem - there's no visual indication that the application is still running, so one assumes it isn't.

          There are several visual indicators. If the application is frontmost, then its name is displayed in the menu bar. An icon for the application shows when you hit CMD-Tab to activate the application switcher. Running applications are also highlighted in the Dock, and shown in Activity Monitor.

          I don't see what the problem is. It's perfectly rational and simple to learn and understand.

        • by Miguelito (13307)

          Have you even used OSX? There are signs that it's still running:
          1. The application is still in the title bar (assuming you don't click the background or something else immediately).
          2. The Dock shows the application runnning

          That said.. my dad, who's not stupid, doesn't get it either. I point it out to him all the time. He's worked with technology his whole life, starting with telecom (especially cypto stuff) in the Air Force, then worked with phone systems since then.. 40+ years now. Yet he's helpless wi

    • There is this lady who lives next door to my mother. She has a business gardening and is pretty low tech. For years she used an old mac to do her accounting. Apparently she made a mistake at one point and lost the lot. Overwrote a file or something.

      The mac is easy enough for non technical people to use but they need to get advice some times on managing their data.
  • by jedidiah (1196) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:31PM (#26582171) Homepage

    May you continue to be the true innovators in the industry and give the rest of us good stuff to copy from.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      Apple is mostly responsible for true innovation in marketing. Actually, there is another case where they did something great for everyone: firewire. (memory security issues notwithstanding...) But everything that the mac is known for was done by someone else first. What they did was make it marketable. Unfortunately they also did it very poorly. The Macintosh was a graphic-only machine with zero graphics acceleration until the release of the 8*24 GC. A moment later, the Amiga cost little more than a games c

  • But get real people, the Mac had nothing to do with it.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by TheKidWho (705796)
      Are you kidding? 1984 was exactly like 1984, the personal computer was just a ploy by the government to gain access to our very thoughts. What you don't know is that MAC OS and WINDOWS and even LINUX are all running rootkits that grant access to the NWO. Everything you type is monitored. Why do you think new computers come with video cameras standard??? So they can monitor you...

      </TinFoil>
  • by Bemopolis (698691) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:35PM (#26582231)
    No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.
  • by Ancient_Hacker (751168) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:39PM (#26582281)

    25 years and computers still don't boot any faster. A 8MHz 128k Mac would boot in about 20 seconds. Now computers are clocked about 500 times faster and it takes 10 times longer. What's a factor of 5000 among friends?

    • This is especially insightful, considering recent MS hate regarding boot speeds and increasing OS requirements. It's not MS specific. It's a general OS thing...

      • Have you tried a Mac? It powers on and boots in less time than it takes to post on /.

        • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

          by Tokerat (150341)
          That's because it takes 15 minutes for the "Preview" button script to complete in Firefox for some damn reason...
      • It's really not a general OS thing. I have new OSes on hardware that I got 4 or 5 years ago and it runs just as quick as the OSes I was running back then, if not faster. There is no reason why all OSes shouldn't be getting faster rather than slower as hardware speed increases.

    • by MouseR (3264) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:02PM (#26582613) Homepage

      EFI OpenBoot firmware has more code than the original Mac OS boot floppy, wich cheated by having 4 megs already in ROM.

      So, what's your point, really?

      My Apple //c and multitude of other antique hardware (including a Lisa 2) might boot faster, but they sure dont do as much.

      Quit complaining and head back to your compiler!

    • by StreetStealth (980200) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:13PM (#26582759) Journal

      Honestly, I think the evolution of suspend states has more than made up for it. Granted, you're still drawing a bit of power while in sleep, but modern Macs use next to nothing in that state and wake near-instantaneously.

      Coupled with an OS that can run for weeks without a reboot, I've no complaints.

    • In the first Macs, the system software was stored in the ROM, and didn't have to be read from slow, clunky, rewriteable disks. There's also the minor fact that the Mac 128 didn't have to start the window compositor, the wi-fi extensions, the journaled file systems, quickly check the directory structure and file system integrity, and load several gigabytes of data from the disk, whilst also activating the swap and pre-emptively buffering data during boot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:41PM (#26582317)

    Many of the original processing concepts of the Macintosh 68000 CPU came from Digital Equipment Corporation's PDP-10 which celebrated its 40th birthday last year. The data/address separation as well as the instruction set sequencing via a two-step clock. The PDP-10 "DDT" debugging tool also had an equivalent that could be invoked by using the "programmers switch" (which was a cheap little plastic doohicky which slid into place on the side of the original Macs and, when pressed, would directly activate a switch on the motherboard and drop you into a debugger)

    • Its interesting to speculate where DEC might have gone if they had not had such a bad case of the IBMs.
    • by Guy Harris (3803) <guy@alum.mit.edu> on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:31PM (#26582969)

      The data/address separation

      Are you referring to the memory buses here? The only data/address separation in the 68K instruction set was the separation between data and address registers, which the PDP-10 didn't have (it just had 16 GPRs).

      The "PDP" that the 68K more closely resembles from a programming point of view is the PDP-11, with more complex addressing modes and an operand/operand orientation rather than the register/memory orientation of the PDP-10.

  • by Tom Arneberg (93330) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:42PM (#26582323)

    I got one of the first Macs. It wasn't my first computer with a mouse; we had those at work for chip design. But those cost over $100K each. My fellow engineers couldn't believe that I got a computer at home with a mouse and windows/menus for only $2500!

    It even made it into our family Christmas card photo that year:


    http://arneberg.com/family/xmas/xmas1984.jpg

    (This is my first-ever slashdot post...how do I get a web link to work?)
       

    • by LoadWB (592248)

      And if you read here often enough you would know that you have now opened yourself up to an onslaught of jokes about passing or giving birth to that thing.

      Nerd. heheheh

    • Instructions for auto-linking are at the bottom of the "Post Comment" page under "URLs".

      cheers.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You have a 5 digit ID and this is your first post? You've really been lurking for a decade?

    • HTML anchor tag. <a href="http://arneberg.com/family/xmas/xmas1984.jpg">family picture</a>
    • When a friend of my dads got one of the first macs we went around to his place to remonstrate with him. We pointed out that there was no software to buy for it. You couldn't see much on the tiny screen and the way you used it it looked like a toy.

      But I noticed that they keyboard was small. It only had the buttons you needed, you could select with the mouse, and the whole system left a lot of space on a cluttered desk.

      I wondered where the computer was. In the keyboard or behind the screen? I couldn't fig
    • by funky49 (182835) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:47PM (#26583147) Homepage

      Sir,

      You are so awesome and I'm so glad the mother of your child was willing to go along with the picture.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Locke2005 (849178)
      Xerox made computers with a GUI and mouse before Apple, but they cost a fortune, and were pieces of feces. The disk drive on the Interlisp D machine I used was powered by a rubber belt (like a vacuum cleaner). And just like a vacuum cleaner, it occasionally popped off or broke. Also, the entire file system was stored in Lisp nodes, so when you deleted a large directory, it stopped doing anything for over a minute while it garbage collected all the deleted files.
  • Presents (Score:2, Funny)

    by hendrix2k (1099161)
    Xerox wanted to send a present, but they decided the GUI they sent for the baby shower is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • And "think tank"?

    I want nothing to do with that.

  • by acomj (20611) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:49PM (#26582435) Homepage

    It amazes me now, how we computed with so little RAM and no Hard Disk. I don't know how much ram Cell phones have but its probably more..

    Those old macs 8 mhz processor 128 Kbytes (512 soon after.)

    full specs
    http://lowendmac.com/compact/original-macintosh-128k.html [lowendmac.com]

    Of course there were times when those old macs would spit out the disk you were using and ask you to put in the system disks... The Mac SE with harddrive couldn't come soon enough.

    • That was probably the decendent of AppleWorks for the Apple II. That suite of programs was a spreadsheet, database manager, AND word processor and ran on a computer with a whopping 64k of RAM.

    • Obviously, you didn't have a Mac Plus with a (25-pin) SCSI port.

      • by HTH NE1 (675604)

        I have a Mac Plus. I got it specifically to run a particular version of AppleShare that allowed you to boot an Apple IIgs over an AppleTalk connection. And I never got around to actually doing it. Hmm, now there's something I can look into doing once I get that desk rebuilt. I know I've got an old 40 MB SCSI drive lying around somewhere....

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by ogdenk (712300)

      Ummm.... the Mac plus had SCSI and the 512 supported a hard drive they made for the floppy port. I think that drive worked with the 128 as well. The floppy port HDD's were pretty slow but they worked.

      When the Plus was a new machine, I had an Atari ST at home though. The ST was cheaper, just as fast, had built-in MIDI, an awesome audio chipset, color graphics, an ugly GUI and much cooler games. I got a Mac Plus later.

    • I only had 64k of RAM in 1984, you insensitive clod!
  • I have a Mac 128 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by elmerfud2000 (1349717)
    I have a Mac 128 with an Apple Imagewriter, one of the first ones where they used a regular DB25 cable instead of the Appletalk cable. I can't believe its 25 years old. I bought it in 1990 for the printer. I think the lady said she paid $4500 for it. At the time I told her that could buy her a very nice '386
  • Macs I have owned (or used):

    512K Fat Mac in Grad School - our lab bought a couple of these when they came out

    Mac LC - my first Mac. Cashed in my 401k and bought it, a color monitor, and printer for about $6,000

    Mac Centris 660 AV - Two processors, and speech recognition! Sort of.

    iBook G4 - needed something to sync with my iTunes, and my PC just wasn't cutting it.

    And now....Shiny new iMac used mostly to run World of Warcraft

  • by IYagami (136831) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:27PM (#26582901)

    Interesting opinions from the ArsTechnica editors: http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/25-years-of-macintosh.ars [arstechnica.com]

  • My dad bought one when it came out... passed it onto me, and it's now sitting in my kids room where they either pretend to work or play some basic games on it. Only problem I've had is the video went out and had to reinforce the connection a bit, but that did give me a chance to look at the engraved signatures on the inside.

    Not a bad investment all things considered... wish other computers would last that long...

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:42PM (#26583093)
    My grandmother's dead, you insensitive clod!
  • "The Macintosh demonstrated that it was possible and profitable to create a machine to be used by millions and millions of people"

    Wasn't that already well demonstrated by the phone?

  • by brre (596949) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:23PM (#26583579)
    The gold standard now for personal electronics is, "Is it easy enough for my grandmother to use it?"

    My last three consumer electronics purchases (DVR, car audio, component HD radio) all fail that test handily. Not even close.

    So 25 years later, there's a lot of room for improvement toward meeting that standard.

    Congrats Apple on meeting it earlier and more often than most.

  • by QuatermassX (808146) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:32PM (#26583677) Homepage
    I remember the first time I tried using a Mac - in a sort of technology "cave" in the J.C. Penny's in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania back in 1985. It felt so strange, but just seemed to make sense - especially when I went back to home muck about on my TRS-80 Colour Computer.

    Flash-forward a few years later and I go to university and leave my beloved dot-matrix printer behind. I joined the newspaper and became very well acquainted by this application humorously called "Quark Xpress" and the Mac SE/80. Now this little thing seemed perfect - full WYSIWYG printing, networking, and fun version of Risk to while away the hours. After a little practice, I started to do things I never thought I could do ...

    That continued a few years later when I started investigating using my Mac at home for simple movie editing with this new piece of software called "QuickTime". Unfortunately for me, Dad had bought a Performa 450, so no movie editing for me!

    After Windows 95 was released, I dated a Windows-using girl and drifted away from the Mac.

    Then everything changed in 1997 and 1998. I finally began receiving a decent pay packet, moved in with the girl and splurged on a beige Mac G3 minitower (that I sold the next year to buy the Blue and White minitower).

    I started doing things that I always wanted to do, but never thought possible - programming screen savers, scanning negatives and working on my photography, using a beta of this funny app from Macromedia called "FinalCut" to edit some commercials, then getting hired at a large publishing company because I was a paid-up member of the Apple club.

    More than anything else (aesthetics, politics, etc), my Macintosh PC's have always enabled me to fully express my creativity with a minimum of fuss. Windows computers just give me headaches and have for years - and always seem to be working against me.

    I hope the next 25 years (and pretty much the next third of my life if I'm fortunate) will be filled with Apple-creative things that similarly enrich and enable my creativity and make life all the sweeter.

  • by Nom du Keyboard (633989) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:40PM (#26583743)
    What I remember Macintosh for:

    1: Sealing up the original Mac while Apple II and IBM PC were open architectures.
    2: Comparably higher prices for equivalent performance and peripherals.
    3: Absolute hostility to clone makers, which allowed Apple to pass on their inefficiency to their customers.
    4: Floppy disc incompatibility with other more prevalent systems for far too long.
    5: Threats to discontinue warranty coverage from anybody who dared crack the sealed-box open.
    6: Taking forever to provide an internal hard drive long after their PC competition and 3rd party suppliers (anyone remember HyperDrive) had shown them how to do it.
    7: Needing to dump Steve Jobs before an Open Mac arrived.
    8: The most expensive (by far) laser printer on the market when the excellent HP LaserJet met many user's needs with the same print engine for far less money.
    9: 50% profit margins and proud of it!

    Yes there's more, but this was a good enough start for now.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by im_thatoneguy (819432)

      Licensing fees so that games weren't 'welcome'. (Or so I was told, might be an urban myth).

      Constant disappointment when I would realize that I would need an IBM compatible computer to run [INSERT New Application].

      Later when CDs came out those stupid absurd CD Cassettes.

      When they moved the power button to the keyboard so that books being moved around on your desk would turn off your computer... oh wait it's STILL like that. Grrrrrr.

  • I have a Mac SE (dual drive) and Apple II+ sitting in my garage.

    I think it's time to celebrate, and turn the Mac SE into a Fishbowl with silver sparkles for the anniversary, and the Apple II+ into the pump cover.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Hatta (162192)

      Maybe you should find someone who would appreciate them and use them instead. They're not making any more of those things you know.

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