Jan. 24--It has been 30 years to the day that Apple changed the personal computer market. No, I am not talking about iPod, iPhone or iPad or any of those trappings of modern technology. What I am referring to is the Apple Macintosh personal computer, the first mass-market computer to come complete with a mouse, and Graphical User Interface. While these features come as a given with today's technology, both were considered new and revolutionary for the time.
The personal computer came in a near-cube-shaped, beige case, containing almost all the components that the computer needed to function, including a nine-inch monochrome monitor, which was far from HD. It also featured 128 kilobytes of memory. By comparison, the iPhone 5s sports over 8,000 times as much memory on board. Oh how technology changes...
Plans for the Macintosh started in 1979 as a cheaper, accessible computer aimed at middle-class customers. With a price tag of nearly $2,500 dollars, it gave customers who would scoff at the idea of spending upwards of $10,000 a chance at owning a computer in their own home. I can't imagine spending that much on a computer today and considering it cheap, by any account.
I find it ironic how Macintosh was advertised by the now famous 'Big Brother' commercial, first shown during Super Bowl XVIII, that showed Macintosh breaking people out of the grasp of her over-bearing, omniscient competitor, IBM, in the full spirit of Orwell's 1984.
Today, it is hard to imagine Apple as the underdog, breaking people away from a large, all-encompassing corporation. Oh how time changes things...
Happy Birthday, Macintosh. Here's to another 30 years.
Happy birthday Friday to Patty Miller Stephenson, Anitdra Mask and Dakota Reynolds, all of Sherman; Robert Hunter, Granville Walker and Talma Wayne Baker, all of Denison; Sandra Shephard of Howe; Kaleb Monk of Collinsville; Rick Ulmer of Gainesville; J.J. Wallace of Tom Bean; Donna Kay Garner LePee of Louisville, Ky.
Happy anniversary Friday to Phil and Sandra Ferguson of Ravenna, 39 years.
Happy birthday Saturday to Jeff McEwen, Cliff Trice, Elizabeth Rogers Rangel, Alicia Phea, Roberto Morales and Tyra Hughes, all of Sherman; Jeremy Perkins of Denison; twins, Ameyeh Brown and Alaysia Brown, both of Duluth, Minn.; Neva Pinkston of Whitesboro; Kimberley Lay and Jaron Howdeshell and his brother, Justin Atkins, all of Bonham; and Donald Patrick of Chuckey, Tenn.
Happy anniversary Saturday to Don and Koula Hazell of Durant, Okla., 55 years; Ed and Pat Colvin of Sherman, 20 years.
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