Here’s a nice little story from the BBC, here.

applemacIt’s hard to imagine nowadays, but when Apple introduced the Macintosh personal computer in 1984 it was widely dismissed as a “toy”.  Others called the Mac “just a demo – not a real computer yet,” Randy Wigginton, creator of the Mac’s first word processor, tells the BBC. “We didn’t have all the software that the IBM PC had or even that the Apple II had,” he says. “It was slow. There were things that it didn’t do well.”

apple adBack then, programmers also thought it absurd the Mac designers had abandoned the typical alpha-numeric interface in favour of a friendlier graphical one and a point-and-click mouse, making it too easy for users, recalls Leander Kahney, editor of The Cult of Mac news website. “They thought it trivialised their profession,” he adds.

The original Mac had 128 kilobytes of RAM (random access memory) which also limited its use. But three decades later, Macs are still here and selling briskly.

Here’s the original 1984 Mac advert

Interesting perspective on the website. It says that every true Macintosh fanatic has seen, or at least heard about, the famous 1984 television commercial that heralded the introduction of the Macintosh. The spot, with its distinctive Orwellian vision, is indelibly imprinted in the minds of Mac users the world over. Now, for the first time, the whole truth can be told. What you don’t know about the commercial will surprise you, what you think you know is probably wrong. Read about it here.

Martin Pollins

Martin Pollins

Managing Director at Bizezia
Martin Pollins is a Chartered Accountant with wide experience in corporate finance and business management. He holds a number of directorships and has served on the boards of several companies, including those listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM and OFEX.

He was a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1988 to 1996.

Martin Pollins ran his own firm based in Sussex and was the first Accountancy firm in the UK to advertise on television and Martin went on to create and launch the CharterGroup Partnership (the UK's first Accountancy network) and then LawGroup UK (one of the largest networks of lawyers in the country).

Martin started work on the Bizezia concept in 1996, developing the broad range of information resources and products over the past 18 years.
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