Tagged With macintosh

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Some of my fondest childhood memories involve booting up my parents' Macintosh Plus to play Super Munchers or make pixelated masterpieces in MacPaint. Alas, Apple hadn't gotten into mobile devices just yet, but that didn't stop Pierre Cerveau from imagining what the tech giant's very first smartphone might have looked like if it were made in the 80s, too.

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Apple is not the same company it was under Steve Jobs' stewardship. Any company that starts in a small garage in Cupertino and grows into a massive corporation pulling in US$180 billion a year, according to Tim Cook's shotgun estimates on Charlie Rose, will change. Over the decades, as new product categories, more powerful processors, and new tech philosophies have matured with Apple so have their musical tastes.

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It was square, squat and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I'm talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I'm also talking about the font that came with it.

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A generation of us grew up interacting with computers through a mouse — but that has not always case and will not always be the case. (Hi there toddlers on iPads!) When the Macintosh 128K debuted in 1984, it had to teach users how to point, click and drag with a charming, game-filled mouse tutorial.

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30 years ago. The Los Angeles Raiders are slaughtering the Washington Redskins at halftime. You decide it's time for a refill on your Crystal Light. You're headed to the kitchen when something stops you in your tracks — a chick with a Brigitte Nielsen haircut and a hammer, running towards you.

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Thirty years ago, the landscape of personal computing was vastly different. It hardly even existed, compared to what it is today. Footage of the Mac's initial unveil is out there, but this second, more polished run — a presentation for the Boston Computer Society — hasn't been available since the event itself back on January 30, 1984.

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If it wasn't for artists who embraced the company's computers, Apple might not have survived to release the iPod. And were it not for MacPaint, the simple (by today's standards) bitmap-based painting program included with the original Macintosh, those artists may have never fell in love with Apple in the first place. But if you're too young to remember what all the fuss was about, now you can relive MacPaint in your browser with CloudPaint.

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Apple's compact Mac mini isn't as popular as it once was, but the company could easily make it a hot seller again if it just followed John Leake's lead and turned it into a miniature Macintosh. At one-third the size of the original, it's pretty much too cute to resist.