I was out of high school, and an Apple II fan. When the Mac got introduced I knew my life had changed. It wasn't until the Laser Printer and Aldus Pagemaker shipped, though, that my life really did change. By 1989 I was a total fan.
I was an early Apple user in college, writing video games on a 6502-based Apple II. Apple shipped a free Lisa to IDC in 1983 and nobody used it except me. I was crazy about it and when I first saw the Mac the UI was very familiar. Love a first click...
Seeing all the 30 year stories reminds me of my own experience with Steve - that 30-minute convo with him I have treasured greatly over the years. Steve wss a forward-thinker. I think he would be more focused on the next great thing...
MacWorld SF show 1988 Farallon had introduced MacRecorder, SoundEdit and HyperCard sound integration, at the show's end we played, the first recorded "full song", filling a maximum hard disk, streamed live publicly through PA sound system "Born to Be Wild"
First Mac was an SE. My kids(now 27 and 24) loved it, as did I. Went through the various SE models, various Mac II as well. I remember spending $400 for the 4MB (!) memory upgrade for my SE. It was wonderful :-)
Sweet memories! At that time I was a PC guy; and late to the Apple world party. You should seen the look on my face the very first time I tried to eject a floppy from my Mom's Mac Plus.Took a straight pin to dislodge it. Oh, and learned the CMD eject. Yea?
Through three decades of evolution, we still have a machine whose DNA recognizably traces back to its origin. Indeed, 30 years after Jobs introduced his machine at the Flint Center in Cupertino, I am writing these words on a Macintosh.