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A trio of nostalgic finds covers everything from a visual history of Apple patents to the ads and catalogs that marketed these products to consumers.Andrew McConnell received an old mail-order computer catalog from 1980, with the first 12 pages featuring Apple products. For the low, low price of $97...

December 15th 2008 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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Here's a nice find. Peter Merholz recently got ahold of an original Mac User Manual from 1984 and has posted a bunch of pics along with commentary. The most interesting thing, of course, is seeing them trying to explain basic computing GUI concepts like click-and-drag and scrolling that we take so m...

September 2nd 2007 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Casey Ryback, Steven Segal's character in Under Siege, never had it easy but he had great toys. Sure, he was "just the cook" but apparently SEAL cooks have access to some amazing gadgets. Like special communicators, explosives and Miss July. Under Siege was so successful, the filmmakers decided t...

April 23rd 2007 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

If your business is out of control, suggests this ad, perhaps a Macintosh could solve all your problems, with its shiny, shiny spreadsheets, word processing, and other business features that allow you to concentrate on your business rather than learning how to become a computer expert. More to th...

April 9th 2007 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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July 1997. Apple Computer (and it was still Apple Computer back then, none of this Apple, Inc business) revealed the latest and greatest operating system: OS 8. It was even delivered on time! Selling for $99, OS 8 introduced a spiffy updated Finder, preemptive cooperative multitasking and memory pro...

April 2nd 2007 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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May 11, 1988. The dawn of a new Apple ][gs+. Someone claiming early access to the development posted details to an online board, which was copied and forwarded and eventually posted to Usenet: "please don't spread this special information around, as apple would not be happy if this got out to the pu...

March 19th 2007 at 7:00am 0 Comments
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It's December 20, 1996. Apple has just acquired NeXT in a $400 million deal that brings Steve Jobs back to Apple. Jobs will act as an "advisor" to CEO Gil Amelio, bringing his charisma to the team led by Amelio and Ellen Hancock. The deal offers $350 million in cash and stock as well as covering abo...

March 12th 2007 at 7:00am 0 Comments
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James and John love old Macs. So much so, that they get together about once a week to talk about collecting and using old Macs on their new podcast, the RetroMacCast. Each episode "strolls down memory lane" to discuss older Macintosh computers, from both the perspective of the collector and the user...

February 26th 2007 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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People didn't always know how to point and click. The ubiquity of today's mice, trackballs, touch-pads and other UI inputs clouds the memory of a time when Apple needed to train users to work with pointing devices. GUIdebook, the Graphical User Interface gallery, works to preserve and showcase hist...

February 19th 2007 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Like many other companies, Apple offers archival versions of its product manuals for products that have long since been discontinued. As a regular user of OS 9 on my PowerMac 7200, this comes in more useful than you might imagine. So I was delighted to find that the archival support goes back even f...

February 12th 2007 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

So how much ahead of its time was the 1993 Apple Newton? This video may give you a good idea. In a world where the Palm did not yet exist, where PocketPCs were still a dream, the Newton blazed the path that many other PDAs would follow. Handwriting recognition, transformation of sketches into hi...

January 29th 2007 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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A new banner on Apple Computer's main page states that the first 30 years were just the beginning. "Welcome to 2007," it tells us. We at TUAW like to look backwards as well as forwards. Here's a nostalgic peek back to 1976, to the Apple-1. (Click the advertisement image to enlarge.) It's been a lon...

January 8th 2007 at 8:00am 0 Comments