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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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Happy 25th, Macintosh!

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  • 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 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)

  • 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 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.

  • Hat Tip (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:54PM (#26582491)

    Thanks, Doug!

    Slashdot Tue Dec 09, 2008: The Mouse Turns 40
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/12/09/163205 [slashdot.org]

    Wikipedia: Douglas Engelbart
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Engelbart [wikipedia.org]

    Wikipedia: The Mother of All Demos
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos [wikipedia.org]

    and of course,

    Folklore.org: 118 stories about the development of Apple's original Macintosh computer, and the people who created it.
    http://www.folklore.org/index.py [folklore.org]

  • I have a Mac 128 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by elmerfud2000 (1349717) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:01PM (#26582593)
    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
  • 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]

  • 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 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!

  • Re:Not the first... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by lymond01 (314120) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:07PM (#26583373)

    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 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.
  • by Hatta (162192) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:51PM (#26583869) Journal

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

  • by ogdenk (712300) on Saturday January 24, 2009 @12:28AM (#26585361)

    The CPU in the eMac is slightly beefier and the eMac (at least the 2005 model) has a much better video chipset (64MB Radeon 9600), more available ports for expansion and uses desktop components versus laptop components.

    To me, it's worth the hackery to cram an LCD in there after the CRT finally gives up. It's also quite a bit more expandable and faster than the iMac G4's.

    eMacs really aren't that bad. A better PPC machine would obviously be a big dual cpu G4 tower or a dual G5 but both are a LOT more expensive than an eMac. G4 eMacs are REALLY cheap these days as well. Usually half as expensive as an iMac G4 and are genuinely better machines even though the CRT will only do 1280x960.

  • Re:Mac World (Score:3, Interesting)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Saturday January 24, 2009 @07:01AM (#26587231) Journal
    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 to say here, but whatever it was they failed miserably. Mind you, when they started by designing an advert that copied someone else's they were on the road to failure already...

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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