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Gallery: 25 years of Macs

Macintosh

Twenty-five years ago, Apple released the Macintosh, and the world was never the same. The model pictured here is actually the Macintosh 512k, which was almost exactly the same as the original Macintosh introduced in January 1984, but Apple increased the memory from the 128K shipped on the original model, earning it the nickname "Fat Mac."

Captions by CNET News.com's Tom Krazit. Click here for CNET's complete coverage of the Mac anniversary.

Photo: Courtesy of Computer History Museum

8 comments
Gadget-Girl
Gadget-Girl

In the early 80s I worked for BBN (Cambridge, Ma)and we had one of the first Mac Lisa machines which I was lucky enough to work on. Anybody else remember these beauties?

montalvm
montalvm

It was my first computer... wow time flies! 25 years from now. I loved designer fonts and to produce desktop publishing work with Pagemaker. Compared to IBM at that time, was revolutionary since IBM only offered character based screens, not pixels. I learned just recently about how Jobs took a class about fonts and decided to introduced them into Apple. But since then, I only use IBM because of my work. Well IBM is now out of PC business with Lenovo. So I have an HP Laptop. With three to five years life span, maybe next one would be a Mac.

cupcake
cupcake

Considering that they nay-sayers have said it would never last, I think its done pretty well!

JohnOfStony
JohnOfStony

I first encountered a Mac in 1984 when I borrowed one over the Christmnas break. I thought it was brilliant although the screen was rather smaller than I was used to and it was monochrome; I was used to colour on my Acorn BBC Micro. In January 2008 I decided it was time to renew the Mac experience and I bought a Mac mini (the 'bigger' one). My first Mac job was to edit some camcorder footage off mini DV tape. I used the firewire connection and started playing a 90 minute recording into the Mac. When I returned to observe progress the Mac had crashed, needing a complete power off to restore functionality. I then copied the camcorder footage to my DVD video recorder and put the resulting DVD into the Mac. After editing and titling, I couldn't figure out how to get the edited recording onto DVD. I had a deadline and my only option was to send the original unedited DVD. I later discovered the convoluted method of getting an iMovie edited recording onto DVD, but it was too late. A program I bought last year was Reason 4, a music synthesiser which can be installed on either PC or Mac so I chose the Mac - bad mistake. The Mac couldn't recognise my (musical) keyboard, an old model with two 5-pin DIN connectors for MIDI, so I had to go through a MIDI-to-USB convertor. I went to the local Mac shop but the staff there couldn't help. So I installed Reason 4 on my old Windows XP laptop, plugged in the musical keyboard and everything worked first time. The mac hasn't seen the light of day since. I keep telling myself that there must be something it's good for but I just can't seem to summon up the enthusiasm to try again.

blackepyon01
blackepyon01

Pretty much, yep! They look nice, run fast, have lots of foof to sell for, but... What do they do? IMO, Macs have always been near side of useless to those who actually need to get something done.

bienb
bienb

most serious graphic artists works on a Mac. most serious music mixers work on a Mac. most serious video editors work on a Mac. why? because it simply faster to work on a Mac! what the Pc good for? Games, word processing, and simple database management. which you can all do on a Mac anyway. oh, and another advantage of the pc? practice formatting and windows tweaking to make it run a bit faster. I certainly have my share of practice at work. ^^

cupcake
cupcake

Like I said, useless is pretty much what I call my sole Windows machine... if I have work to do I always turn to my Mac(s)! And I'm willing to place bets you've never laid your hands on a Mac or at the most, never spent any quality time with it. I don't expect everyone to love it, but it you don't really know about it or used it, you really don't have any qualifications to judge it.

cupcake
cupcake

...if backward. All the issues you described sound like everything I ever try to do on my only PC. But then, I have been using Macs continually since 1984, having owned at least 50 of them and can do everything without thinking. Just getting the PC to connect to my wireless networked printer has NEVER happened, despite hours and hours of attempts. As for your software (Reason 4), my guess is that its Win software very poorly ported for the Mac which is why you had issues. Macs, as far as my memory goes, has never used 5-ping DIN connectors, and my experience has been that the convertors never work well. I'd be happy to take the Mac off your hands... my stable of 6 Macs can always share my home office space.