Inventive idea of the day: looking back at the Mac
— By Kirsten Korosec on January 24, 2014, 3:26 PM PST
Still seems amazing to me that a 400k floppy could hold an operating system, application and still have room for some files.
It was my first computer and I laid-out printed circuit boards for telecommunications products using mac paint and printed them out at 4:1 on the noisy old dot matrix printers. The boards worked great despite being able to see jagged, edges on diagonal sections of traces.
"The trash can icon, the folders that looked like file folders and the
ability to move things around the screen with a click of the mouse, were
totally new" - not. These were actually invented at Xerox Palo Alto Research before Apple even existed. And such a WIMP interface was featured earlier on the Apple Lisa. However, the Mac does deserve credit for offering it at an affordable price.
I'm sure glad you let us know about the 30 years of Mac. I didn't get enough enjoyment out of it from the 50 other blogs that reported this two days ago. Thank you. :(
@lexchis As is so often is repeated throughout history, it's rarely the 1st at something that becomes the success that defines an industry. It's usually someone who refines the idea and makes it truly marketable. Henry Ford did not invent the automobile, but he made it a commercial success by efficiently producing and then marketing it.
Xerox hadn't a clue how to actually refine and economically manufacture and sell what they had. It was little more than a thought experiment to them.
And even Apple failed at their first go-around with the Lisa, which cost almost $24-grand in today's dollars.