It's been 30 years since the Macintosh introduced itself to the world.
Courtesy of Apple
In front of a full house at the De Anza Auditorium in Cupertino, Steve Jobs took the Macintosh out of its bag, plugged it in, turned it on, and inserted a 3-1/2" floppy disk. The Mac then stole the show by uttering its first words:
"Hello, I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag. Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I'd like to share with you a maxim I thought of the first time I met an IBM mainframe: Never trust a computer your can't lift."
The 1984 Macintosh (January 24th, 1984) wasn't the first Apple computer to use a graphical interface; that distinction belongs to the Lisa, named after Steve Jobs' daughter, which was introduced a year earlier (January 19th, 1983). But the 1984 Macintosh certainly had the most profound impact on the computing environment, paving the way for graphical interfaces that nearly all computing platforms embraced in the years to come.
Apple created a web site dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Mac. It includes a short video and a Macintosh timeline, showing the major developments in the Mac over the years.
Additional Macintosh anniversary memorabilia:
My first Mac was a Mac Plus, with 1 MB of RAM and a single 3-1/2" floppy drive. I eventually upgraded the RAM to 4 MB. Since then, I've owned or used almost every Mac model. I even have the Mac Plus sitting in its protective travel bag, along with its keyboard, mouse, and system diskettes, waiting to be used again.
By the way, I still don't trust any computer I can't lift.
What was your first Mac, and which model was your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know.