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News, Technology, Pop History: The 25th Birthday of the Mac

Many of us remember the first computer we ever used (or bought), just like our first car – because it was “the first”.  Some of us can recall buying so many computers (or cars) that it requires a sit-down with paper and pencil to list all that there were.  Segue into a discussion on a bedrock division in the computing world: Do you prefer a PC or a Mac? It is similar to asking a person who you just met at a party: Do you own a Cat or Dog (or both?).  Right-handed or left-handed?  Blue State or Red?  Did you grow up in the Midwest, the East Coast or the West Coast?  Do you prefer sushi, or steak (or both)?  If forced to decide, my choice and history goes with “both”.  I’ve had PCs for years at work by necessity, and an Apple at home for decades, by choice.

Those who grew up using Macs (including the 1984 original Macintosh) might enjoy reading this recent article in Macworld (Jan 23 2009) by Michael DeAngonia, entitled “The Top Standout Macs of the Past 25 Years“.  The video (below) recaps some of the past looks and technological innovations by Apple Computer:

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Photo/Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gfR6B8Z3oI – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

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Here are some other sites about the computers of Then versus Now:

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Finally…. check out the shelf of Macs in the Sniper Twins’ recent video “Computer Friends (Stack the Memory)” at:

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Photo/Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNXe_3gVz6I – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009
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