Twenty years ago, Macintosh was born; today nearly everyone uses Mac-like computers

“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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  1. Question is are you using that spare CPU power to to study protein folding to help cure many of the world’s diseases?

    I run 4 Folding@home programs at once on my Dual 2 Ghz G5 and 8 on my 800 Mhz eMac. Doesn’t bother my intense games one bit.

    We are trying hard to keep our team name “Mac OS X” (#1971) in the eyes of the scientific and professional community.

    We are in the top 30 Folding@home teams worldwide, against overwhelming numbers of the Wintel crowd. So we sure could use every machine possible. Especially G5’s, they really crank!

    It’s a program that uses your spare CPU power, it doesn’t interfere and self scales out of the way. Uploads and downloads a work unit by itself.

    Terminal, graphic and screensaver versions available.

    Anyway here’s our team web site and the Stanford University folding@home web site. Come join a great team and good cause.

    Ask in our forums how to run several Folding@homes via the terminal, it’s easy and more than doubles your output.

  2. “I swear to $diety, if I read that “3 percent of the worldwide market” statistic one more time… “

    G5 owner, what’s the problem? That it isnt true or that it doesn’t matter?

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