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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By the way, Digidesign Soundtools was also available for Atari and if I am not mistaken it later became Pro Tools.

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By the way, Digidesign Soundtools was also available for Atari and if I am not mistaken it later became Pro Tools.

Yep, and I'm not doubting the importance in the early digital audio field of Atari ST, nor the importance in early digital video of Amiga. But both those platforms were passed up in the first decade of that market.

Remember, I owned several Atari's in the 80's (never an ST though I wanted one) and worked in 2 different jobs using Amigas for broadcast production. I know Apple couldn't compete at those early, low price points - neither could anyone else - that the trailblazers were doing.

But those companies all went out of business, and Apple's margins and general-purpose focus allowed them to refine the production tools. Now a $900 macbook could do more audio and video production tricks, than those early workstations costing thousands (my one job had a $3k amiga with a $4k video card and breakout box).

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