Thirty years ago, television audiences across America watching Super Bowl XVIII were treated to what has been hailed as one of the greatest TV ads ever made: the ‘1984’ advertisement for the first Macintosh. Thirty years later, on this podcast, we pay homage to the anniversary of the launch of the most influential consumer electronics product in modern history, the Macintosh.
But first, our tech headlines this week:
- Amazon wants to ship your package before you buy it
- Google acquires Nest Labs for $3.2 billion
- Google reveals prototype contact lens to monitor diabetes glucose levels
- Smart refrigerators and TVs hacked to send out spam
- Verizon win over FCC on internet rules could threaten Net Neutrality protections
In honor of the Mac’s 30th anniversary, we reflect on Steve Jobs’ public unveiling of the Mac in 1984, and look back at some 1984 reviews of the first Macintosh. Douglas, Josh, and our guest-host Geet tell their respective Mac stories, and we use Mactracker to look back at some old Mac specs. Finally, we review some of the major shifts to the Mac platform since Apple celebrated the Mac’s 20th anniversary back in 2004, and offer predictions of what the next decade has in store for the Mac.
Josh offers a “nostalgia edition” of GameZone, in which he notes that a number of educational games from his childhood are now available as modern apps:
- Camen Sandiego (Facebook)
- Freddi Fish and The Stolen Shell
- Freddi Fish and the Missing Kelp Seeds
- Pajama Sam No Need To Hide
- Pajama Sam Thunder and Lightning
- ClueFinders: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade
Finally, Douglas issues an OKAY THEN, UMM to Fantasy Economics an online game for economics buffs to acquire, trade, and exchange fantasy teams of published economics scholars.