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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984 129

Posted by timothy
from the he-oughtta-know dept.
VentureBeat is one of the many outlets featuring recently surfaced video of Steve Jobs doing an early demo of the Macintosh, 30 years ago. I remember first seeing one of these Macs in 1984 at a tiny computer store in bustling downtown Westminster, Maryland, and mostly hogging it while other customers (or, I should say, actual customers) tapped their feet impatiently.
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 26, 2014 @03:23PM (#46074475)

    VentureBeat's story appears to be nothing but a re-writing of the original, which is
    http://techland.time.com/2014/01/25/steve-jobs-mac/

  • Re:Also see.. (Score:3, Informative)

    by osu-neko (2604) on Sunday January 26, 2014 @03:35PM (#46074559)

    ...Steve Jobs take credit for other people's work in this video, just like always.

    Where? I didn't see him claiming at any point to have single-handedly developed it. Are you claiming he didn't play any part at all in it? If not, then you're just plain wrong and you know it.

  • by DTentilhao (3484023) on Sunday January 26, 2014 @04:02PM (#46074747)
    ..."Steve Jobs take credit for other people's work in this video, just like always", scubamage

    1:18:20 [time.com]: "Remember when you use a Macintosh, these are the people that did it and they're sort of hiding out in that ROM", Steve Jobs
  • by maxwell demon (590494) on Sunday January 26, 2014 @04:56PM (#46075099) Journal

    Well, in 1984 indeed nobody had problems with Windows. Which may be because the first Windows version had not yet released yet. And the first memory extender hadn't yet been released either, therefore nobody had problems with those either.

  • Re:Also see.. (Score:3, Informative)

    by dk20 (914954) on Sunday January 26, 2014 @08:52PM (#46076647)
    Much of the internet is powered by real UNIX systems (BSD, you know, its where OSX took much of the core OS from). Learn some history, OSX was from NextStep. If not for that "reverse-merger" you would probably still be using a co-operative multitasking system (remember the good old days when a bad app crashed the entire system?)

    Apple might be cheaper if they didnt insist on having ridiculous profit margins and an army of tools lined up to pay them. After all they source everything from China the same as every other computer manufacturer.

    You might want to take a look at the market share reports before you determine that OSX is "superior".
    Even your "beloved" apple believes in opensource, at least when they take it and incorporate it in OSX
    "In addition, Apple uses software created by the Open Source community" - http://www.apple.com/opensourc... [apple.com]

    Much of the functionality OSX relies on is opensource (SAMBA being a key one up until 10.7)
    "Apple began bundling Samba with Mac OS X 10.2, enabling Mac users to connect to Microsoft's Windows file and network directory services based on SMB (Server Message Block, a protocol also known as Windows File Sharing)." - Source is apple's website

    One of my favourite postings from Apple Fanboi's is the quote about how much money apple has in the bank. Not sure why they are proud they overpaid for their products and the company(apple) hides this money in offshore accounts to avoid US taxes.
  • Re:I had a door stop (Score:4, Informative)

    by GrahamCox (741991) on Monday January 27, 2014 @02:45AM (#46078309) Homepage
    You're right, but only up to a point. By '87 a system add-on called Multifinder ran multiple apps and that was integrated into the OS in system 7. This was co-operative multitasking for sure (same as Windows 3) but it was easy enough to make your app co-operate (actually harder to write it so that it didn't). You could also write system tasks that ran under the 680x0 interrupt if you needed something pre-emptive (though that was fraught with danger if you didn't know the system pretty intimately). I managed to do plenty of productive work on early Macs.

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