Can you believe it? The Macintosh computer debuted 30 years ago today. If we only knew then how much it would shake up the world.
Many people first heard about the personal computer in a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. The ad, titled "1984," was directed by Ridley Scott and conceived to echo George Orwell's 1984 novel. It was a little bizarre but still reflected the exciting time in computing, as IBM had the market cornered and Steve Jobs was definitely ready to make an impact.
Before the ad, though, came a presentation Steve Jobs gave back in 1983. Turns out the keynote address pretty much followed the same format as his later talks: blaring pop music (only back then, he had the words to "What a Feeling" changed to include Apple), black turtlenecks, and the debut of a product ad, which in this case was the very first Macintosh.
Here's the first commercial in its entirety.
And his groundbreaking presentation that's just as worthy.
Happy birthday, Mac!
AMC's Mad Men won the outstanding drama series award at last night's Emmy's, and we couldn't agree more. While the show is packed with drama, it's had its retro gadget moments as well. Check out some of our favorite tech from Mad Men over the years.
Photos courtesy of AMC
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So dapper - love it! Love the ties made by Toy Breaker, too!
While searching for geekery vendors on Etsy for our Happy Go Techy expo, I came across Chandler the Robot's Etsy page and completely fell in love with her clay polymer robots and vintage camera necklaces. So cute!
Check out this super stylish iPad case designed by Quince Studio in Austin, TX. The case was recently featured in a local magazine and I fell in love! The case’s exterior is made from sustainable, solid American walnut. The inside is a hand-tooled, vegetable-tanned distressed brown leather, and it is fastened together with hand-set, antique brass rivets. This case has a vintage feel with a modern function!
Check this link to the site where it can be purchased.
There's a fine line between fashion genius and fashion failure. And Vintage Geeks dare to walk that line.
My question to YOU: What makes for good vintage geek? Is it a certain era to reflect? Its is just taking vintage, shortening the skirt and sticking thick black glasses on? Is it literally putting on everything frumpy your mother has ever worn?
I'm curious to see what you guys all think vintage geek IS. Above is my own opinion on vintage geek: Taking what would be a frumpy outfit tighter and shorter and adding cute geeky accessories. And on the other side is what I hate to see in vintage dressing OR in geek dressing. Just taking anything old or weird or an ugly colour and putting it all together in one slightly scary ball of "I found this all in a bin" :|
I hate to see it.. but maybe you love it....
Oh My Geek I love this camera! The pictures are so dreamy and just plain beautiful. I just ADORE this! Does anyone have any sites for their favorite photos taken with this beauty?
It was a gorgeous weekend here in San Francisco, so I took advantage of it to go on a night walk with some friends. We started talking about how Jupiter was the closest to Earth in 50 years (if you noticed a bright star close to the moon last week, that was it!) and how you could see four of Jupiter's moons with just binoculars. I realized that everything I knew about these moons was straight from one of my top geeky computer games of yesteryear — Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?
That feisty fugitive taught me a lot of facts about space, not least of which are that Io looks like a pizza and that Europa is a frozen ball of ice with water underneath. Who knew that while I was chasing all those V.I.L.E henchmen around I'd actually retain the information years later?
So, fellow Carmen Sandiego fans, which game was your favorite? Where in Time? Where in the World? Or did you have another go-to geeky computer game?
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