Technology

The Macintosh Turns 30

Everything we take for granted in personal computers today was first demonstrated by Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984. The Macintosh turns 30 on Friday. I first met the Macintosh in 1989 at my friend Michael Ryan‘s house. I had messed around with the TRS-80, the Apple II, the Commodore64, the ti-99/4a, but this particular little box awoke a wonder and fascination in me that perfectly balanced the “intersection of technology and liberal arts“. The Macintosh is infused with that ethos. The creative possibilities of music creation, graphic design and desktop publishing seemed endless to me, and I set out to learn as much as I could about design, MIDI, programming, music and technology. That pursuit eventually led me to video editing. The craft of storytelling using a Macintosh has been my career for the past 20 years and it is because of visionaries such as Steve Jobs that it’s been technologically possible for people to pursue their creative dreams with very little investment or corporate servitude.

Steve Jobs introduces the first Macintosh: