On January 24, 1984 a couple thousand people were present at Flint Center in Cupertino at the birth of something with real lasting value, the Macintosh.My arc with Macintosh is not quite that long... I'm coming up on 20 years myself, with a couple of longish intervals of Windows/PC use:
Hard as it is to believe -- that was almost 25 years ago!
First Mac purchased - Mac SE, 1989
(Other Macs owned: Macintosh LC, two PowerBooks... plus a couple of Newtons in there somewhere.)
Moved to NYC in 1996 as a Mac user (brought PowerBook with me) and promptly went to work for an all-Windows shop. :-)
Windows/Linux user from 1997-2005, despite an all-too-brief interregnum working in an all-Mac shop in 2000.
2006: After a bad experience with Microsoft Vista, I buy a Macbook for home use.
I liked it. I liked it a lot... and still do.
Most recent Mac purchases: 24" iMac, 2007; MacBook Air, 2008.
(And a couple of iPhones in there somewhere.)
So... from this:
In 20 years. Not bad.
Jobs pulled the original Mac out of a carrying bag in 1984 and it was a sensation ("never trust a computer you can't lift") - in 2008, he pulled the MacBook Air out of a standard manila interoffice envelope, and that was just the logical conclusion of a lot of advances in technology and engineering since 1984.
I really hope that Apple doesn't introduce the long-rumored tablet Mac at the upcoming MacWorld Expo... Steve Jobs' absence would suggest that AAPL will never again use MacWorld for major product introductions.
I hope they wait for warmer weather to announce general availability of the tablet Mac. I hate standing in line in the cold. (And I'm already on record as stating that I'm buying two of these - one for me and one for her.)
Related: Mactracker is a great walk down memory lane if you're an older Mac owner, or an owner of older Macs if you prefer.