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Happy 25th, Macintosh! 296

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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  • Mac World (Score:2, Funny)

    by MindlessAutomata ( 1282944 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:29PM (#26582121)

    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 going by, the white earphones contrasting their black turtlenecks, connecting their ears to their pockets, their blank faces engrossed in hip Indie rock music and various garage bands. I envied them for their perfection against my flaws and my compulsive nature to expand, to burden my life with troubles instead of remaining, like them, simple and easy to deal with. The grandest of virtues, simplicity... the philosophy by our loyal benefactor Steve Jobs, who descended from the heavens, creating the Earth, the iron, the wind and the rain. Steve Jobs, who defined the parameters of existence, the one who set about the patterns of reality, the constants, the variables. He who made gravity, electromagnetic energy, and shaped atomic structures and brought forth motion. From these things, he crafted the elements, processed them, refined them, and from these things engineered Apple products through the purity of his mind. Each Apple product was individually crafted by his own hands with the programming code used to run each device having being compiled in his brain and uploaded to each device telepathically, breathing life and perfection into each and every unit.

    Except, it seems, for me, for I was not among the many. I was a PC. They were Macs. I've always been a cold, stiff person. I got by, disguising myself by keeping my non-Ipod music player safely out of sight, which I use because of my depraved nature demanding more functionality than the simple and easy-to-use Ipods have to offer... In the safety of my own home, behind locked doors, I ran a Forbidden, a contraband computer from more depraved, earlier days that was not given the love and blessing of being birthed by Steve Jobs. I dual booted, out of the great sin of curiosity. Curiosity, a shameful value of a PC, as curiosity has no place where simplicity matters most. I used two of the great unutterable blasphemies--something called "Windows Vista" and something else called "Linux." Although, as I mentioned before, although my tendency to be a PC and towards conformity has always been inherent to me, I was truly transformed when I found these old things in a hidden cache of computer parts predating The Purging. Perhaps the greatest sin of all, the single evil that, if discovered, would damn me forever, was the fact that my mouse had more than one button.

    As I walked on among the Macs on the streets, passing the Starbuckses as I went along, I wondered how it all came to this. I glanced at The Holy Marks on the foreheads as the people wandered down the streets, the Bitten Apple tattooed on all our of us at birth, and wondered if, perhaps, there could be something more to life. But again, this was a PC's thought, and not, like everyone elses', a Mac's. We were to hold ourselves to the philosophy of Steve Jobs--so as his products were designed for idiots, so too were we to be idiots. But I was not a Mac--I was not an idiot. I was simply too complicated to be a worthwhile person.

    Nature called. I found a nearby public iPoo--squeaky clean and sparkly white, things weren't all bad--and let myself go, expelling the waste that had accumulated inside me. After relieving myself and committing the overly-complicated and thus illegal act of wiping my ass (I did not flush as iPoos, designed to be idiot-proof, did not flush) I left and once again wandered the streets aimlessly, hoping to find some meaning in a world where I simply did not belong, a world where if my true nature was discovered, I would be endlessly persecuted by smug, self-righteous sons of bitches.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:29PM (#26582127)

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

  • by Bemopolis ( 698691 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:35PM (#26582231)
    No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.
  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:38PM (#26582261) Journal
    Hi, I'm Linux []
    Pleather! []
    It's Okay. We're all friends here. []
  • by TheKidWho ( 705796 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:38PM (#26582271)
    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...

  • Presents (Score:2, Funny)

    by hendrix2k ( 1099161 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:46PM (#26582381)
    Xerox wanted to send a present, but they decided the GUI they sent for the baby shower is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • by fm6 ( 162816 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:49PM (#26582431) Homepage Journal

    That's simply not true. I'm sending the Thought Police over to your house to explain to you how mistaken you are.

  • by Sans_A_Cause ( 446229 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @06:56PM (#26582513)

    There was no 1984. We have always lived in 2009.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:01PM (#26582599)

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

  • by Tokerat ( 150341 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:25PM (#26582883) Journal
    That's because it takes 15 minutes for the "Preview" button script to complete in Firefox for some damn reason...
  • by ogdenk ( 712300 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:38PM (#26583039)

    Heh. They've been dying since 1977 according to most industry analysts.

  • by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @07:42PM (#26583093)
    My grandmother's dead, you insensitive clod!
  • 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?

  • by Scottar ( 969033 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:01PM (#26583301)
    Its not a basement, its a command center
  • by dangitman ( 862676 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @08:19PM (#26583519)
    Isn't it funny... the more powerful computers get, the things we do with them get lamer and more trivial. 1984 - testing and developing scientific theories on a machine with 128K RAM; 2009 - posting on slashdot with 4GB RAM.
  • by Lars T. ( 470328 ) <Lars,Traeger&googlemail,com> on Friday January 23, 2009 @09:26PM (#26584175) Journal
    Yeah, you are right, she would have been much happier using DOS.
  • by c6gunner ( 950153 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @09:33PM (#26584231)

    Remember loading programs via cassette tape?

    I know that at this point, "RTFA" has become a running joke ... but you're the first person I've seen who hasn't even bothered to read the comment which he's replying to! Way to set a new bar for other slashdotters to meet ...

  • Re:Presents (Score:2, Funny)

    by Spaseboy ( 185521 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @10:27PM (#26584601)

    It might be a nice gesture for Apple to buy Xerox with some of their pocket change and take it out back and shoot it.

  • by Tim Browse ( 9263 ) on Friday January 23, 2009 @10:39PM (#26584681)

    I know that at this point, "RTFA" has become a running joke ... but you're the first person I've seen who hasn't even bothered to read the comment which he's replying to! Way to set a new bar for other slashdotters to meet ...

    The really funny part is that he didn't even read the comment which he was replying to!

  • by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Saturday January 24, 2009 @01:19AM (#26585637)

    I'm guessing brother.

  • by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Saturday January 24, 2009 @01:23AM (#26585659)

    Yeah, my choice of stylish, premium priced consumer electronics proves I am better than the hoi polloi too.

  • Re:OT: Sig (Score:2, Funny)

    by TwistedSymmetry ( 1354405 ) on Saturday January 24, 2009 @01:36AM (#26585713)
    No, it just reads zero all the time. It's hideously impractical.

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire