The Apple Macintosh is 30

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    Jan 24, 2014 12:31 PM GMT
    Although I still don't own one, but planned on purchasing one last year, but decided to continue with my Windows PC which is working just fine, its amazing to know how far this platform has come.

    From a 9 inch screen to now an optional 27 inch all in one profile that is still recognizably Mac with its Global Menu bar, desktop and Finder. Take a user from 1984 and put him/her in front of todays Mac and he/she would likely feel just as comfortable.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/24/thirty-years-macintosh-timeline-video/

    I see a MacBook Pro Retina in my future though, but not until what I have dies or save up enough not to dent my savings account.

    Happy Birthday Mac!

    Did you own or use one?
  • Selfie77

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    Jan 24, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    Never used one of their computer products, but 30 years is 30 years, congratulations to them!
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    Jan 24, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
    4 years ago the ultra-powerful Windows-7-Ultimate PC that was on loan for 18 months had to be returned when a friend moved back from Spain. For a period of several months I was forced to rely on my spouse's iMac, and quite pissed off at having to do so. But eventually I was seduced, and bought a new iMac for myself. The extra price is easily justified in longer hardware life and lower costs for security, maintenance, OS upgrades, and time spent fussing. I have 2 macs for my consulting business and am certain that I am much more productive on this platform.
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    Jan 24, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    PaulDee saidAlthough I still don't own one, but planned on purchasing one last year, but decided to continue with my Windows PC which is working just fine, its amazing to know how far this platform has come.

    Did you own or use one?


    Our first computer was an Apple II+ in 1979, had cassette interface and disk drive that was larger than a Mac Mini. We got the first Mac later on. When I was in the service, I got a Mac classic, but sold it later for a 386 for programming class.

    My next Mac didn't come until last month when my boss got me an Air for work. My own laptop is gaming, not too practical for carrying around.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 24, 2014 4:34 PM GMT
    I started on Windows, owned the first IBM desktop to have a hard drive (10 megs of hard disk!), and worked on the Dell my employer provided. At home I'm now 100% Apple. Everything works beautifully together and seamlessly. I love it though I used to enjoy watching some visual representations of hard disk reorganizers doing their job. Bringing all related files together to speed up retrieval. It did help when Apple and Microsoft stopped fighting and made software compatible on both. Congrats to Steve Jobs!
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    Jan 25, 2014 2:34 AM GMT
    In high school, we missed the PC by one year, we were still using microfiche, later, in the late 80's, in the new college computer room, learned to program on a Mac, floppy disk drive, my first ever home PC in '95, was a used Compaq (bought from a coworker), just a 3.2 disk drive, 15" CRT monitor, 1GB hard drive, 312k memory, x286 speed, Win 95 with 12 installation disks and one boot disk. I self upgraded this PC to the max, including adding a CD player, experimented with it, learning the insides and used it for the next 8 years!, AOL was the only dial up internet provider, gawd, those were the days. (You've Got Mail) icon_lol.gif

    I wanted all the new and latest stuff, Windows 2000 operating system was new, its speed, memory, disk space and small monitor out lived everything. I reinstalled, partitioned Win 95 wiping out all history and sold everything to another coworker in 2003, his daughter needed a practice computer.

    For those of you too young to remember the beginnings, technology sure has come along way, my first computer had 1GB hard drive (which was big for its time), my latest PC has 1TB hard drive, if I do ever get a Mac, it will be a Book Pro

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    Jan 25, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
    I bought one of the funky iMacs in '99 and liked it, but when it fizzled I jumped to two (comparatively affordable) Toshiba laptops which ran windows XP. Nothing but headaches.

    I bought a MacBook Pro in 2009 and have had only one hiccup. It does run seamlessly and any problems are fixable by one click of an icon...not a trip to a computer shop, or hours banging my head against the desk.

    I love Apple (even though they've plateaued).
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    Jan 25, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidIn high school, we missed the PC by one year, we were still using microfiche, later, in the late 80's, in the new college computer room, learned to program on a Mac, floppy disk drive, my first ever home PC in '95, was a used Compaq (bought from a coworker), just a 3.2 disk drive, 15" CRT monitor, 1GB hard drive, 312k memory, x286 speed, Win 95 with 12 installation disks and one boot disk. I self upgraded this PC to the max, including adding a CD player, experimented with it, learning the insides and used it for the next 8 years!, AOL was the only dial up internet provider, gawd, those were the days. (You've Got Mail) icon_lol.gif

    I wanted all the new and latest stuff, Windows 2000 operating system was new, its speed, memory, disk space and small monitor out lived everything. I reinstalled, partitioned Win 95 wiping out all history and sold everything to another coworker in 2003, his daughter needed a practice computer.

    For those of you too young to remember the beginnings, technology sure has come along way, my first computer had 1GB hard drive (which was big for its time), my latest PC has 1TB hard drive, if I do ever get a Mac, it will be a Book Pro

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    OMG- the same here- Microfiche in the college library and Mac later in college- the memoriesicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 25, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    I personally have not had any problems with PC's although I have been through quite a few:

    - ALR - came with Windows 95 (in the garage)
    - Zenith GT Workstation - came with Windows 95, installed NT 4 Workstation on it (in the garage)
    - IBM Aptiva (Windows 98 SE) died in 2004 (in the garage)
    - Dell Dimension (XP Pro) died in June 2012 (in the garage)
    - Dell Latitude 840c (XP Pro) died in 2008 (dismantled it couldn't put it back together, now in the garage)
    - Acer (Vista Ultimate) stopped working properly June 2013 after I checked the memory modules. (in the garage)
    - HP Workstation (Vista Business) power supply died, hard to get and expensive (in the garage)

    - Currently on my 8th PC, another HP Workstation since 2011, only PC right now, but if this one dies, its straight MB Pro Retina Display.

    Since I don't really have a need for another computer or laptop, I just work with what I have.
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    Jan 25, 2014 4:26 AM GMT
    PaulDee saidI personally have not had any problems with PC's although I have been through quite a few:

    - ALR - came with Windows 95 (in the garage)
    - Zenith GT Workstation - came with Windows 95, installed NT 4 Workstation on it (in the garage)
    - IBM Aptiva (Windows 98 SE) died in 2004 (in the garage)
    - Dell Dimension (XP Pro) died in June 2012 (in the garage)
    - Dell Latitude 840c (XP Pro) died in 2008 (dismantled it couldn't put it back together, now in the garage)
    - Acer (Vista Ultimate) stopped working properly June 2013 after I checked the memory modules. (in the garage)
    - HP Workstation (Vista Business) power supply died, hard to get and expensive (in the garage)

    - Currently on my 8th PC, another HP Workstation since 2011, only PC right now, but if this one dies, its straight MB Pro Retina Display.

    Since I don't really have a need for another computer or laptop, I just work with what I have.



    holy crap, that is a lot of E-scrap, I have stayed away from Dell and HP computers, they are junk, I am only on my third computer since my first one in 1995, my current 1TB desktop is an ASUS, dual core quad, my machine was one of the first with Win 7, Oct 2009 when I got it, no problems so far, the only real problems I am having is with IE 11 and Adobe flash player, I love ASUS or Sony, would buy another and I would look into their laptop as well, but I still might go MacBook Pro, but they are expensive
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    Jan 25, 2014 5:00 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    scruffLA said...my first computer had 1GB hard drive (which was big for its time)...

    Lol, my first computer was a Vic-20. icon_biggrin.gif

    My first PC was a 386 with a 40MB drive....every time you turned it on, you had to load the 'GEOS' operating system, which was on 3 3.5" disks (I was so glad to not have to use the 5.25" floppies anymore). We bought it in FL, on vacation, because they were so expensive in Canada at the time. Still, it was $3000.

    Yes, the tech has changed, lol.

    Congrats to Apple. I'm not a fan, but 30 years is a great achievement.



    hmm, I don't remember those old commodores, I always thought they were more of a game console, you overpaid according to this ad, unless your price was a typo icon_lol.gif

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    Jan 25, 2014 5:04 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    scruffLA said...my first computer had 1GB hard drive (which was big for its time)...

    Lol, my first computer was a Vic-20. icon_biggrin.gif

    My first PC was a 386 with a 40MB drive....every time you turned it on, you had to load the 'GEOS' operating system, which was on 3 3.5" disks (I was so glad to not have to use the 5.25" floppies anymore). We bought it in FL, on vacation, because they were so expensive in Canada at the time. Still, it was $3000.

    Yes, the tech has changed, lol.

    Congrats to Apple. I'm not a fan, but 30 years is a great achievement.


    I had a Vic-20 way back when I was a kid. I got my first "modern" PC in '97 or '98 - Gateway with a 9gb hard drive, which is about like my iPod, now. I had a 1tb iMac, but it crashed last year and now I just use my Macbook Air and iPhone until I decide to spend money on a new iMac.
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    Jan 25, 2014 5:34 AM GMT
    i had a commodore 64. Then my ex bought a new PC, $3000.00. Had to load the program from the 5.5 floppy… We thought we had arrived. Im MacBook all the way. Love it!
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    Jan 25, 2014 12:58 PM GMT
    scruffLA said
    PaulDee saidI personally have not had any problems with PC's although I have been through quite a few:

    - ALR - came with Windows 95 (in the garage)
    - Zenith GT Workstation - came with Windows 95, installed NT 4 Workstation on it (in the garage)
    - IBM Aptiva (Windows 98 SE) died in 2004 (in the garage)
    - Dell Dimension (XP Pro) died in June 2012 (in the garage)
    - Dell Latitude 840c (XP Pro) died in 2008 (dismantled it couldn't put it back together, now in the garage)
    - Acer (Vista Ultimate) stopped working properly June 2013 after I checked the memory modules. (in the garage)
    - HP Workstation (Vista Business) power supply died, hard to get and expensive (in the garage)

    - Currently on my 8th PC, another HP Workstation since 2011, only PC right now, but if this one dies, its straight MB Pro Retina Display.

    Since I don't really have a need for another computer or laptop, I just work with what I have.



    holy crap, that is a lot of E-scrap, I have stayed away from Dell and HP computers, they are junk, I am only on my third computer since my first one in 1995, my current 1TB desktop is an ASUS, dual core quad, my machine was one of the first with Win 7, Oct 2009 when I got it, no problems so far, the only real problems I am having is with IE 11 and Adobe flash player, I love ASUS or Sony, would buy another and I would look into their laptop as well, but I still might go MacBook Pro, but they are expensive


    I didn't even add in my home built system:

    - AMD Sempron 1.6 GHz
    - 512 MBs of RAM
    - NVidia Gefore 5200 Graphics
    - Asrock motherboard

    I only built so I could run Windows XP Professional x64

    The PSU died in 2007 and I couldn't easily get a replacement PSU. So I am actually on my 9th.
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    Jan 25, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    Selfie77 saidNever used one of their computer products, but 30 years is 30 years, congratulations to them!

    I bought my first Apple computer 30 years ago. It wasn't a Mac but an Apple IIe. I got a Mac a few years later.

    I've never been without an Apple computer since then. Wonderful devices, in 30 years I've never had a single Apple product fail. Not a desktop computer, not a laptop, not an iPhone, not an iPad. The only reason I replace them is to upgrade to faster processors, improved features and more memory, never because of failure.

    Whereas both my partners (late & current) had PCs that failed, and so I bought them Macs. That didn't fail. And I gave my partner an iPhone (and subsequent newer ones) when he broke his Samsung. He hasn't managed to ruin any of his iPhones yet.

    I know all things are as fallible as the humans who made them. But in my 30 years experience, the least fallible of devices are made by Apple. Every consumer research study confirms this. Plus their customer help is rated the best in the industry, which I can also confirm.

    So yes, congratulations to them for their anniversary. The best and most innovative computer company in the world.
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    Jan 25, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    Loved mac, all through high school and college.

    Once I got into a career in Tech Support, I had to learn Windows... since that's what I was supporting the most.

    Still love Mac for personal use tho.
  • RainAndSnow

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    Jan 25, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    A reminder for all the "socially responsible progressive" types: Apple products are made by Chinese labor working under slave labor-like conditions.
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    Jan 25, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    IBM PC

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    Apple LISA

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    Where is Lisa when you need her! Oh those were the days. I actually started one of the 3 computers in the office, it was an IBM PC (two 5 1/4" floppy drive, NO hard drive). It was amazing what it could do. I became the Sys Admin because I was the only person who could spell IBM.

    I'm still there but now have at least 10 computers (PC and Apples) and a lot of other technology equipment. 30+ years later, amazing where this has all gone!
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    Feb 02, 2014 10:17 AM GMT
    I use Windows and PCs these days, but have always loved anything Apple. I bought my first Mac in 2004 (was that really ten years ago?) - the iBook. It was a great little computer, but I remember the lack of wireless card being a bit of an obstacle for a while.

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    Feb 02, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    Jlor31 saidI use Windows and PCs these days, but have always loved anything Apple. I bought my first Mac in 2004 (was that really ten years ago?) - the iBook. It was a great little computer, but I remember the lack of wireless card being a bit of an obstacle for a while.



    I am sure the iBooks came with built in Wireless standard.
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    Feb 02, 2014 6:41 PM GMT
    PaulDee said
    Jlor31 saidI use Windows and PCs these days, but have always loved anything Apple. I bought my first Mac in 2004 (was that really ten years ago?) - the iBook. It was a great little computer, but I remember the lack of wireless card being a bit of an obstacle for a while.



    I am sure the iBooks came with built in Wireless standard.


    Mine definitely didn't! Airport was an optional extra for my iBook at the time.
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    Feb 02, 2014 6:57 PM GMT
    Introducing the original Iphone.

    Apples first touchscreen phone, Circa 1983

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