Tekserve has been in New York City, on 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, for nearly 30 years. Today will be its last. This morning, Tekserve began a live auction selling off everything in its store, including the private collection of its co-founder, Dick Demenus.
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Vintage Computing has put together a collection of the most delightfully wacky peripherals from the classic Mac era. Here are our favourites.
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.
The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos produced to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating "guided tours" for its new products back in 1984 — here are some highlights from over the years.
I really would have no practical use for this Neo-Macintosh or Macintosh Neue or whatever you want to call it. But I want it. I would totally buy it. I'd probably only use it to write the book I will never finish and play Crystal Quest, but it would be totally mine if Apple ever made it. So silly, so good.
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.
It's hard to say if the Macintosh would have been so successful if it hadn't had such a revolutionary interface — namely, the mouse. While Apple didn't invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs' former employer for inspiration.
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.
With Macintosh turning 30 this year, you'd think Apple would go big. Maybe it would spring for another Super Bowl commercial like the 1984 ad that changed the way the world thinks about computers. Nah… Apple just made a promo reel that was shot entirely on iPhones — with a little help, of course.
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.
The Mac turns 30 today, and what better way to celebrate than with a good ol' fashioned autopsy. iFixit proves that can be a lot more fun than it sounds with its classic 128K Macintosh teardown, a beautifully gory history lesson.
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.