“It changed computing as we knew it. Twenty years ago, Apple Computer heaved a sledgehammer into the face of the establishment with its revolutionary Macintosh. It gave birth to our culture of pointing and clicking, desktop icons, and dragging files to the trash. Later the Mac would bring CD drives, candy-colored cases and wireless networking,” Jon Fortt writes for The Mercury News. “But when it first said hello in 1984, it was as if all of Silicon Valley’s technical brilliance and all of its verve had been captured in one plucky beige box.”
“‘It opened the door to people using computers,’ said Chuck Colby, a local engineer who has created custom computer systems since the early days. ‘When the Mac came out, here all of a sudden you’ve got this really powerful machine that you could do everything with — word processing, drawings, things that people had no way of doing before at that price,'” Fortt writes. “Two decades after Apple’s famous Super Bowl ad announced the new computer, the Mac’s innovative influence has reached far beyond Silicon Valley. More important, it has continually dared its rivals to make computers not just faster, but also better — easier for real people to use.”
“Although Macs now have only about 3 percent of the worldwide computer market, today’s Microsoft-based computers look more like Macs than they resemble the old IBM PCs — and the Mac is still the only computer the world knows on a first-name basis,” Fortt writes.
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