Having spent the past 12 months celebrating the 25th birthday of our favorite system, we start this year by celebrating the 30th anniversary of our second favorite system--the Mac!
Hard as it might be to believe, this year marks 30 years since the introduction of the Macintosh. You may recall the brilliant Superbowl ad that told us that "1984 will not be like 1984." Interestingly of course we now know that while 1984 was not at all like 1984, 2014 courtesy of the NSA is certainly headed in that direction--but we digress.
We were not immediate Mac converts, coming relatively late to the party. Jon made the switch back in 2007 with Susan finally following him in 2011. Once we made the switch we were hooked. We would no more think of switching back to Windows than fly in the air, or give up our beloved IBM i, for that matter. Mac and OS/X are indeed the "IBM i of the PC world."
Macworld magazine put out a really interesting article titled "The Mac and other things turning 30 in 2014" to celebrate the event. This piece highlighted a number of interesting things. For example 1984 was the year that "The Cosby Show" launched and just to provide a real contrast, it was also the year that Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" was released on an unsuspecting world. Was it really that long ago?
On the technology front, the one item that really made us go "Wow!" was that 1984 was the year IBM launched the AT and, wait for it, the Portable! That 30-pound behemoth that was less portable than a Selectric typewriter.
When you compare the design and capabilities of that early Mac with the IBM portable or the AT, it is easy to see how far ahead of the curve Apple's thinking was. That is a trend that continues today, although the gap is certainly smaller. Many others have tried to clone the design and ease of use of a Mac, but very few even come close.
So Happy Birthday, Mac--30 years old and not a single name change, unless you are being pedantic and count shortening Macintosh to Mac as a change!