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In early 1984, Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh. This machine was designed and put into developed by Apple after a visit to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). At PARC, Steves Jobs and Wozniak had seen a demonstration of the Alto workstation, the first true GUI computer that used a mouse to navigate on-screen windows. Bill Gates of Microsoft had also seen a demo of the Alto, but he and his company were somewhat slower to create a product based upon the concepts.

The introduction of the Macintosh started to shift the paradigm of operating systems away from the earlier command driven examples (CP/M, DOS, etc.) The new Graphical User Interface would eventually redefine the personal computer industry.

Microsoft would release the first version of Windows about a year after the Mac was introduced.

After being trumped by Compaq, IBM introduced a computer based on the Intel 80286 16 bit microprocessor, the IBM PC AT.


(Submitted June 9, 2012 13:27:13 by Dan Opperman)

EG-XT Ultra Computer Built in 1984 by Eg Gouhl. It is same as the IBM ET-Ultra. Was used for many 6 years for home and Engineering Business. At that time 1990 we purchased a CTX Computer at Best Buy. The Ultra was used by my son for 2 years and then retired. It still is functional.


(Submitted May 9, 2006 21:23:18 by (a href=mailto:)hfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff(/a))

According to legend, Steve Jobs paid a visit to Xerox where he was shown the Star, a commericalized version of the Alto. He then rushed back to Apple and had his engineers begin work on what would eventually become the Lisa and the Macintosh, or so the story goes. The truth is that Apple had already hired several of the engineers and computer scientists who helped develop the Alto and it was they, not Steve Jobs, who understood the value of the GUI interface. The problem was, Steve Jobs is such a megalomaniacal asshole that the only way to get him to agree to anything is to trick him into thinking it is his idea, thus the trip to Xerox so Steve could have his eureka moment


(Submitted March 6, 2006 17:28:48 by cyryl)

That's the time when I started my computer journey, and since then, I used them for almost %70 per day - every day.

Making money now. I owned: - Atari 65 XE, - Commodore C-64 - Amiga 500 and 1200 - PC 286 SX / DX - PC AT 386 / 486 DX - Pentium 1, 3, 4 - Celeron - P4 3.2

what's mext ?


(Submitted February 13, 2005 00:20:47 by Lee Reynolds)

According to legend, Steve Jobs paid a visit to Xerox where he was shown the Star, a commericalized version of the Alto. He then rushed back to Apple and had his engineers begin work on what would eventually become the Lisa and the Macintosh, or so the story goes. The truth is that Apple had already hired several of the engineers and computer scientists who helped develop the Alto and it was they, not Steve Jobs, who understood the value of the GUI interface. The problem was, Steve Jobs is such a megalomaniacal asshole that the only way to get him to agree to anything is to trick him into thinking it is his idea, thus the trip to Xerox so Steve could have his eureka moment.

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