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Mac at 25

Saturday, January 03, 2009 by Dave Winer.

On January 24, 1984 a couple thousand people were present at Flint Center in Cupertino at the birth of something with real lasting value, the Macintosh. Permalink to this paragraph

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It's corny for sure -- but it was exciting. Permalink to this paragraph

Hard as it is to believe -- that was almost 25 years ago! Permalink to this paragraph

http://mac25.org/  Permalink to this paragraph

My company rolled out a product that day too: ThinkTank 128. Thanks to Guy Kawasaki and Mike Boich. Guy was Apple's first evangelist and Mike was the head of their developer program. And there were many other great people involved in the Mac in the early days. Permalink to this paragraph

As Archie sang to Edith, those were the days!! Permalink to this paragraph

It would be great if, over the next 21 days, we could connect with people who were part of that day. Apple's remembrances have (understandably) focused on the Apple people who made the Mac work. But it would be interesting to know who else got their start then and what they went on to accomplish -- where they are now.  Permalink to this paragraph

Update: Here's someone selling a shrink-wrap copy of ThinkTank 128. Permalink to this paragraph


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