Edited by Gerald Boerner
I remember fondly that Super Bowl Sunday many, any years ago in that land far, far away. Well, maybe all that long ago (1984) or that far away (Riverside, CA) to be specific. But the impact of that 3rd quarter TV commercial was a landmark event in advertising history. And the introduction a few days later of the Apple Macintosh Computer by the Macintosh itself was frosting on the cake! A whole new world of computing had arrived.
I must confess that I was one of those guys who went bonkers the first time that I started playing with this little Mac 128K. It was cute and responsive. I had spent the previous 20 years working on mini- and mainframe computers. I has learned their command lines. I had punched up decks of program and data cards. And I had learned programming so I could get something done. But all of that was just plain old hard work compared with this cute little Mac and its GUI interface. Valhalla had arrived!
But improvements were needed. And they slowly came — more memory, a faster, more powerful CPU, additional connections for high speed, high capacity peripherals. But troubles were also awaiting. Apple went through periods where the seemed to lose their vision. The company’s success lead to financial “amateurism” the almost scuttled it. But, like the phoenix, Apple rose again to deliver new and innovative products the redefined what a computer was.
So, let’s jump into today’s exploration to see what happened to this cute little computer introduced on this day in 1984… GLB
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Quotations Related to MACINTOSH:
“I think the Macintosh proves that everyone can have a bitmapped display.”
— Bill Joy
“My first Macintosh was a 128k machine which I upgraded to 512k the minute it became possible.”
— Buffy Sainte-Marie
“Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc, which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.”
— Kevin Mitnick