The Macintosh

Now that I got to learn a lot about Macintosh, the first #mac, I'm impressed. Given what the developers had at that time, the #computer seems like an impossible achievement. The micro processor #hardware at that time was in its infancy, and the consumers were stuck with the #mentalmodel of the #commandline.

Also, the #device shows the core of what #apple was to become. It showed the two sides of the same coin: on the one side the mantra "don't put any burden on the user" results in the other part of the coin: the user has no #power to shape the machine itself. There is a clear separation of the #user and the #developer.

After using it in real for some time, I must say that I'm #loving this #thing quite a lot. The hardware, and even more the #ui, creates the #emotion of cuteness and friendliness. My @son likes to play "Changhai" on it, and calls it the "Macintouch". Isn't that lovely?

And last but not least: to have no underlying command line interface - how crazy has that been!

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