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Well, I've failed to do anything interesting specially for the 25th birthday of the mac, so instead:

Some pictures of my collection.

And the very first iSteve keynote, from January 24th, 1984. No black poloneck, but otherwise the format hasn't changed a whole lot:

[Embedded Youtube video above]

I have fond memories of using MacPaint on my dad's first Mac - a Mac Plus. This one, in fact. I always drew houses, not sure why. I have less fond memories of doing the floppy shuffle, until he got an external floppy drive.

Those of you with time on your hands and an interest in such things might like to take a look at - a collection of stories about the development of the first mac, by people on the team.
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25 years ago, on January 24th, 1984, we saw "why 1984 wouldn't be like '1984'". Two years later, in 1986, I started using Macs myself, and have never looked back. Pictured above is my first ever Mac, signed by Steve Wozniak (Woz), co-founder of Apple.

More to follow during the day, if I feel inspired. In the meantime, take a look at a leaked screenshot from the next version of MacOS:

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Thoroughly silly video from Apple Computer in 1997 [Youtube link]. There's something about Apple in its forward-looking self-indulgent days that I miss. Yes, this is different from its shiny white-and-aluminium self-indulgent days!

Had to do a double-take at "the Vista Mac" though.
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You're all going to think I'm deeply sad, but I don't care! This is awesome:

Unboxing of a never-opened 20th Anniversary Mac.

These were released in 1997. After so-so sales at $7500 (shock!) they slashed the price to circa $1800. I was working in Los Angeles at the time, and put myself on the waiting list for one (via my boss, who could get an educational discount). After a few weeks, it looked like I wasn't going to get it. So I changed tack and bought a Powerbook 2400c/180. However, it turned out that my boss stayed on the waiting list, and got it. Doh!

At its introduction, the TAM was probably the pinnacle of Apple's self-importance. Lucky buyers would have it delivered by a white-suited concierge service, who would set up the computer for you. It had leather palmrests and a Bose sound system. I'm hoping to grab one for my collection one day, but I suspect they are frighteningly expensive nowadays (only 12,000 were made).

More info here.


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