Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jan 2014 20:33 UTC

Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone's hands. It launched a generation of innovators who continue to change the world. This 30-year timeline celebrates some of those pioneers and the profound impact they've made.

Apple is also asking what your first Mac experience was. For me, it was a computer I had saved up for for a long time. Back in those days - around 2002-2003 - the Mac was virtually non-existent here in The Netherlands (or at least in the area where I lived), and the only place I'd ever seen Macs was at the dental department. Colourful iMacs - fun machines.

In any case, I was intrigued, and eventually bought an iMac G4 800Mhz. In my view, the most beautiful design the iMac ever had, but mine eventually died of a logic board failure within a few years (a notorious problem). I still think they're beautiful little machines, and would love to have the ultimate G4 iMac.

After that first iMac, I owned several Macs - an original iMac, a PowerBook G4 15", a PowerMac G4 dual 450Mhz, a Cube, my current iMac from 2012, and my favourite, a 12.1" iBook G4. There's one Mac I really want to add to my collection as soon as possible: the iBook G3/466 Special Edition. If you have one of these and would like to get rid of it - let me know.

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For music production Atari ST was much more influental system than the Macintosh ever was

Not quite. Atari was a very popular low cost platform because of its MIDI capabilities. But it was pants for other parts of the music production/recording pipeline. Same applies to any other platform, Mac included. E.g. there were some high end music systems built around the Macintosh which dominated the music industry for a while, which were out of reach of most struggling musicians. But by the late 90s and early 00s, MacOS was one of the, if not THE, dominant music production platform. The amount of SW/HW running on Classic MacOS was one of the main pain points during the transition to OSX. It turns out that as crappy as MacOS was, it was very good platform for supporting low latency HW subsystems which are crucial for music production/recording.

Also 20 years ago I do not thing many people used Apple for any serious video production as there were many bigger names still in business. If you were making special effects to movie and there was a choice between Apple and SGI systems, I doubt many would have chosen Apple for that kind of work, as it would have been like eating soup with a fork.

I think you may be confusing "video production" with "CGI," which refer to 2 different aspects of the AV industry. For a few years mac was the main platform for low/middle end non-linear video editing, mainly because of Avid and Premiere both of which were launch on Mac initially.

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