View Full Version : January 1984 ---January 2005.... 21 years of Apple Macintosh!

01-26-2005, 12:10 PM

A few days ago, on January 24, 2005 Apple Macintosh became 21 years old.

And as a birthday present, check the only copy of a public TV broadcast on the day Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh. It's great!



(It was recorded and preserved by Scott Knaster, the "legendary Mac hacker", as Amazon puts it. Scott kept the tape (a NTSC Betamax III longplay) for 21 years since he keeps everything)

**Also check The Times They Are A-Changin' (http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=The_Times_They_Are_A-Changin.txt) by Andy Hertzfeld.

Steve flashed a big smile as he started to recite the second verse of "The Times They Are A-Changin'", stretching an occasional vowel in a Dylanesque fashion:

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide,
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who that it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.


01-26-2005, 09:42 PM
:cool: I saw the movie just yesterday - it brought a tear to my eye.. Ok, maybe not, but it sure was heart-warming. :)

Also, be sure to check back at the original site (http://www.industrial-technology-and-witchcraft.de/):

We'll release other clips in the coming days, so bookmark and check back.

:D (looking forward to those.. anyone have any ideas what they could be?)

And a congrats to all of Apple for becoming what they are today!

01-27-2005, 08:43 PM
In the QT movie, as Jobs hoists the Mac out of the bag there is brief applause, then again after he powers it on and starts to pull out a floppy disk for it (he's partially offscreen for this and may have been doing a magician-riff about pulling out the floppy with a flourish?)

He inserts the floppy and almost immediately MIDI music (Chariots of Fire) begins to play. The Mac can't be generating this because it cannot have booted yet, so he's got a soundtrack timed to coincide to an extent with what the Mac does (including booting)? The Mac screen is shown from a distance, I can't tell if it's showing the Picasso-esque Welcome to Macintosh screen or not.

The really really big applause starts when the Mac starts scrolling the word "MACINTOSH" across its screen. Perhaps I'm being dense, but what about this provokes the enthusiastic reaction? Could not an Apple ][, an IBM PC, or an Altair generate 96 point type and scroll it across the screen within the confines of a program? Or was it appreciation for Jobs' timing, to have the bass notes of Chariots of Fire land just as the Mac finishes booting and starts playing its startup app which leads off with the scrolling big-point type?

Far more understandable is the applause at the image of Jobs with a cartoon "thinking" balloon showing him thinking of a Mac, or the standing ovation after the Mac speaks and introduces Steve Jobs.