Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from 1984-1989

Apple Macintosh

Except for the very expensive and unpopular Apple Lisa which came out in 1983, the Macintosh is considered to be the first commercially successful computer to use a GUI (Graphical User Interface), as seen above.

Before the Macintosh, all computers were ‘text-based‘ - you operated them by typing words onto the keyboard. The Macintosh is run by activating pictures (icons) on the screen with a small hand-operated device called a "mouse". Most modern-day computers now operate on this principle, including modern Apple computers and most others which run the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Reprinted with permission from Oldcomputers.net


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