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MattSh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:55 AM
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Happy 25th Birthday, Macintosh !!!
From the commercial...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8

On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh.
And you'll see why 1984 won't be like "1984."

On January 24th, 1984, Apple Computer introduced Macintosh.
Happy 25th Birthday !!!

:party: :party: :party: :toast: :toast: :toast:

Flame away, Linux FanBoys !!!
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:02 AM
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1. I'm getting old. ha
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:27 AM
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14. That was my first thought exactly when I read the post topic
The way Apple handled the transition from Apple II to Macintosh is one reason I am a PC user today.



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TheHeathen Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:25 AM
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2. And In Other News
Apple to pay $22.5M in suit over scratched iPod nanos
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/01/23/apple_to_...

Apple has agreed to a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by customers who experienced quality issues with the easily-scratchable surface of first generation iPod nanos.

The suit alleged Apple knew the glossy front surface scratched easily but misled customers by failing to disclose that information.

As part of the settlement, Apple has agreed to pay $22.5 million without admitting any wrongdoing. The agreement goes into effect pending an April approval hearing at California Superior Court in Los Angeles.

==================================================================
Mac Trojan Horse found in pirated Apple iWork ’09
http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/index.cfm?newsid=245...

Intego, a maker of anti-virus and firewall software, has issued an alert to warn Mac users not to download Apple iWork ’09 installers from sites offering pirated software.

The risk of infection is serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences if their Macs are accessible to malicious users says Intego.

Intego reports at least 20,000 people have already downloaded this installer.

The OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse was discovered on Wednesday 21 January, and is classed as ‘serious’ by Intego.

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Belial Donating Member (503 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:42 AM
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3. Nothing like a bored attorney to make someone elses life
miserable
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:43 AM
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9. I had no idea TheHeaten is a bored attorney.
Or are attorneys as evil as policemen? :evilgrin:
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Belial Donating Member (503 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:49 AM
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11. Snicker.. I actually got the email for a settlement and went to the
website to check it out.. I get $15.00 for mine as I got the slip cover.. the atty gets $4,000,000 for its.. umm.. work.
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HamstersFromHell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:53 AM
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12. The only class action I've seen where the consumer "won"
was the HP CD-ROM burner one from years back.

I had one of the models in question (a 4x burner) and even though it never failed, HP mailed me a shiny new 16x burner for a replacement, along with 5 blank CDs and 2 CD Re-recordables. I was supposed to keep my old unit to ship to them if they asked for it, but they never did. Came out way ahead on that deal. (Still less than what those attorneys made out with.)
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:42 AM
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7. Don't just scratch the surface; there's lots more out there...
Right down to the ipod battery issue (eWaste indeed, who on the board allowed that to stand for so long?) and numerous other Apple product issues that have me totally turned off. Adobe took notice as they dropped a few of their Mac products and are delaying features on others -- e.g. 64-bit Mac Photoshop won't arrive until CS5. Already there for Windows. Is the writing on the wall for the "Mac"? (A computer is a tool and there are probably still reasons to use the brand; one or two titles aren't yet on Windows PC, but the war was decided some time ago and even Adobe has been letting it go.)

Still, at the time, in 1984, the Mac (formerly the Lisa) came out. And managed to win the lawsuit Xerox flung at them for copying the UI (yet winning against Microsoft for doing the same thing) - no easy feat to do...

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HamstersFromHell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:20 AM
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4. And in 25 years it's grown up to be...
...a PC in a designer case with an asinine price tag!

Build your own HackIntosh to run Leopard for 33-50% of what Apple charges. Google is your friend.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:37 AM
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6. Quite. Even opening their OS (which is at least 50% open source to begin with) would help out
their profits.

Starting in the late 1990s, when they nixed SCSI for IDE yet the price didn't drop to suit, I knew something was _wrong_.

Until the day they switched to Intel, they paraded how the Motorola processor they used cremated Intel at every turn. The day they switched, they said the exact opposite.

It is a PC, running modified open source software. If IBM lost its suit against Compaq over reverse engineering the BIOS to make a PC clone, there is no way in hell Psystar will lose Apple's lawsuit for making a Mac clone.

And with the advent of Mac malware, the myth macs are immune is properly thankfully crushed. Yet mac salesmen still hype up that bogus claim. (I should print out copies of said articles, get some tape, and coyly tape the articles onto their machines... or at least pull up the news sites when the salesman isn't around... it's naughty, but someone has to tell the truth and they won't.)


All of that spoken as an objective historic observer. Nothing more.
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HamstersFromHell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:48 AM
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10. I wished UMAX hadn't buckled to Apple years ago
when they build and sold (briefly) Mac clones.

To that end, my stepson just bought a MacBook Pro (he has a perfectly good ThinkPad). Why? "It's pretty." Seems to sum up the whole Mac experience...

I'm grabbing a .torrent of iDebian to toss on my spare hard drive just to show him how much money he wasted.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:32 AM
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5. Next year is the Commodore Amiga's 25th birthday.
True multitasking, phenomenal graphics... a real evolution in computing... denounced as a game machine, and by the year 2000, requiring 200x the amount of system resources, did Windows finally get on par. And nobody denounced it as a game operating system; sodding blind wankers...
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HamstersFromHell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:42 AM
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8. I liked the Amiga...
But I'll stick with my trusty old Atari ST!

I still remember the Apple fanbois screaming when they came out with Magic Sac and ST owners could run Mac OS and Mac apps way faster than they could on the best Mac for a fraction of the cost.

Gawd, I still remember when upgrading the memory on a PET 2000 from 4k to 16k was an astounding $500...now you have wristwatches with more power for less than what you'd pay in sales tax on the memory expansion. Ain't technology grand?
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Belial Donating Member (503 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:36 AM
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16. Game on Amiga??
I am just curious if anyone remembers this.. There was some game on Amiga that you ran a shipping company or something like that.. used to play the damn thing for hours..
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Billy Burnett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:28 AM
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18. I still use an Atari Ste in my studio. Most cost effective computer I've ever had.
For running offset SMPTE sync w/Dr "T's" software. I have a couple of spare STes for backup.




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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:06 AM
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13. Might have to go ahead and fire up the ol' Mac 1 today just for fun
And twenty five years later, it will still run just fine. As do all the Macs that I have. Amazing how that works, yet somehow all those Wintel boxes just die after a few years. One of the many good things about a Mac, they run forever.

Happy Birthday Mac :toast:
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MattSh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:03 AM
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17. Yep,
I'm on my fourth one. As far as I know three of them still run, including the 1988 edition.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:48 AM
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20. Every Mac I have still runs perfectly
Meanwhile, the lone PC we owned lies abandoned in the basement, gathering dust. It's still working too, I guess, if you officially changed it's designation from "personal computer" to "thing to put boxes of Christmas ornaments on"...
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:30 AM
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15. It is also Mary Lou Retton's birthday
Coincidence?

Yeah, probably.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:37 AM
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19. My first Macintosh runs quite happily on my Debian desktop.


I have the physical computer in my garage, but the last hard drive I put in it died a few years ago. It still boots fine from floppy.

http://minivmac.sourceforge.net

Flames hot enough for you, fanboy?


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