Apple Inc. has updated the home page of its website to celebrate 30 years of the Macintosh computer:
Happy Birthday, Mac.
In 1984, Apple introduced the world to Macintosh.
It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it.
On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs, the energetic CEO of Apple, introduced the Macintosh to the world with a huge smile on his face. The Mac would also greet people with a smiling icon. This video shows the Macintosh's introduction to the world.
Computer programmer Andy Hertzfeld was a member of the team that created this computer and tells the story of its development in the book Revolution in the Valley and companion website Folklore.
Apple engineer Jef Raskin started the Macintosh project and the name came from an altered spelling of his favorite variety of edible apple, the McIntosh.
Apple has made a special video for the 30th anniversary of the Mac and it features famous designers and artists that use the Mac.
Although there isn't a mention in the video of the computer's spiritual significance, the Mac played an important role in recent Bible translation and the publishing of Christian literature.
The Macintosh SE was my first computer. I got it when I started college in 1988. I can still remember using a mouse for the first time. There was a tutorial explaining how to open files by clicking on their icons. My growing interest in computers lead to experimenting with websites and now I work for an Internet-based Christian media company.