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Dec 16, 2005, 08:41 AM
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Doctor Q
Dec 16, 2005, 10:37 AM
It's remarkable to see how steady the Mac sales have been for the last ten years.

How fitting that the Mac platform ends up on top... at least in these charts. :)

Seasought
Dec 16, 2005, 10:50 AM
Nice bit of history here. :D

nagromme
Dec 16, 2005, 11:01 AM
Cool article--start from the beginning! Pics of all those old machines, including the C64 sitting not 10 feet away from me and still running :)

I don't think I was aware when I was a C64 user how big they were in the market. They were just a choice among many to me, along with Apple II, TRS-80, and Coleco Adam :o

I also never realized as an Amiga owner just how big the Amiga market was compared to Macintosh. I always thought of Amiga being a fraction compared to Macs just like Macs were a fraction compared to PCs. (Oh--and welcome back, Amiga! I'm actually tempted to pick up one of the new PowerPC Amigas just to mess with.)

I also remember long happy hours in front of a PET (and a CBM) at school. The first all-in-one? I must be old :eek:

See the last page for a graph of the whole 30 years. Anyone think the next dot might do something unheard of?

Edit: the first Apple II had 4k of RAM? Wow, just enough to store the MacRumors "Post Reply" GIF :)

wordmunger
Dec 16, 2005, 01:14 PM
Edit: the first Apple II had 4k of RAM? Wow, just enough to store the MacRumors "Post Reply" GIF :)

Well, we've gotten lazy with our graphics now that memory is so cheap. It didn't take me long to get it down to 576 bytes without much deterioration. And that's still more impressive than nearly anything you would have seen on an Apple II!

Jerry Spoon
Dec 16, 2005, 02:15 PM
I don't think I was aware when I was a C64 user how big they were in the market. They were just a choice among many to me, along with Apple II, TRS-80, and Coleco Adam :o


My first memory of a computer in a house was a C64. I was just in elementary school, but I remember going over to the neighbor's house to play games on the C64 with those kids. Amazing how far things have come, but amazing also how I'll head over to a friend's house to check out the new game he got for his PC, xBox, or PS2.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

granex
Dec 16, 2005, 03:17 PM
I highly recommend this article. It is frightening to realize that I have used the majority of computers highlighted here. I learned basic programming on a Vic-20, for instance.

This article is really well done and will become a reference point for all of those stupid "how Apple lost its initial dominance" posts regarding the iPod.

One thing that I noticed was, even though the Apple ][ could not be called a pretty computer, its design was still much superior to the other computers of that era. Apple had it right from the beginning.

Analog Kid
Dec 16, 2005, 07:01 PM
It's sites like Ars that prove quality journalism can exist on the web. Well researched and well done.

I find it interesting how in the beginning it was mostly about the hardware, and gradually became about the OS and apps.

Also find it interesting how easy it is for the mediocre to surpass the superior.

Without a doubt, in a few years the next section will cover the Apple move to Intel. Wonder if that's going to mark an uptick or failure...