Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 00:02 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple "Thirty years ago, Apple unveiled the Apple Lisa, a pioneering machine that introduced the mouse-driven graphical user interface to a wide audience and opened a new chapter in personal computer history. The Mac borrowed heavily from the Lisa, and the Mac went on to great things while the Lisa floundered. As a result, it's tempting to treat the Lisa as merely a footnote in the history of Apple. But as anyone who has used a real Lisa knows, Apple's first GUI-based computer played host to many distinctive quirks and traits that tend to get overlooked in the history books. The machine's 30th anniversary is as good a time as any to take a look at a handful of both odd and useful features that truly made the Lisa something unique." A bit lacking in the meat department, but still fun.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Kochise on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 17:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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That's why many people bought cheaper yet more powerful (ยง) Atari ST computer, and later added the Dave Small's Magic Sac, Spectre 128 then Spectre GCR expansion to them. With original Apple Macintosh ROMs, it litteraly transformed an Atari ST into a full featured Mac. Look for "Gadget by Small" on the Internet, this guy is a real genius, the old school kind of geek that just makes wonders.


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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 20:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Thanks for the interesting links!

I'm an Apple person and I think these old 80's Macs are cute, but I would never have bought one back then and if I had I'm pretty sure to have been disappointed. The Atari ST and Amiga were much more powerful and well, more fun. I guess even an Apple 2 or Commodore 64 was more fun. More software, both serious and games. Even the ZX Spectrum had better looking games.

It's odd the Mac was marketed as the computer for the rest of us, because even without accounting for inflation if would be darn expensive today.

Also it seems the Lisa tried to be more innovative than the Mac.

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by cwaig_g on Sun 3rd Feb 2013 13:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Got to agree here.

I'm really attached my MacBook & iPhone these days.

But in all honesty, outside North America's wealthy, Apple of the 80's and early 90's was a complete irrelevance - I never saw an Apple II in the shops in the UK - ever. No-one owned one. No-one wanted one. I never saw one outside a magazine until I started work at BAe Space Systems in 1989 (they used one to run their environmental test ovens for satellite battery arrays). The Mac? Again, not in the flesh until university in 1990 - and even then, limited to one room - there were vastly more HP Apollo, Sun Sparc, or even ARM workstations than Mac's - the Mac was a toy that Atari and Commodore owners just laughed at (or emulated for DTP, at a quarter of the price with larger displays, faster CPUs and more memory).

And the Lisa - well, it didn't even make enough of an impression to get magazine coverage outside retrospectives on the Mac years later.

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