Steve Jobs' First Public Demonstration of the Macintosh, Hidden Since 1984

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    On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs famously demonstrated the Macintosh for the first time at Apple's shareholders meeting at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

    Less than a week later, Jobs again showed off the Mac. But this time, instead of showing it to Apple's investors, he showed it to his potential user base at the monthly general meeting of the Boston Computer Society.

    This lesser known introduction actually comes off more polished than the January 24 version, which is viewable on YouTube.

    The Boston Computer Society introduction, which runs for 90 minutes, has gone virtually unseen since it took place. Time reporter Harry McCracken managed to track down the tape, locating a Boston-area videographer who had the original tapes in storage on a now-obsolete format called U-matic.

    According to McCracken:
    McCracken has much more about the video and the event itself in his Time piece, along with details on the Boston Computer Society, which shut down in 1996. Excerpts of the video were shown at Macworld and the Computer History Museum's Macintosh 30th Anniversary party, held last night at the same Flint Center where Jobs first introduced the machine to his shareholders.

    At the end, it includes a special Q&A session with Macintosh team members, along with a number of software demos -- McCracken calls the BCS demonstration "a prototype for the media extravaganzas which we citizens of the 21st century call Stevenotes."

    The never-before seen video is an important piece of Apple history, and, fittingly, the Computer History Museum will be preserving it for posterity.

    Article Link: Steve Jobs' First Public Demonstration of the Macintosh, Hidden Since 1984
     
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    Steve is still the man 
     
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    I hope that more forgotten media surfaces in the future that focuses on Steve. This footage is gold to those that appreciate his genius and honesty. RIP Steve. You'll always be missed; never forgotten. Thanks for Tim, he's finally learning how to be himself, and be comfortable living in your shadow. Tim's not Steve, nor will he ever be, but he still cares about Apple and its users. Looks like Steve knew what he was doing when picking his successor- unlike Microsoft, Gates and Balmer.
     
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    Great work!
     
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    Nice. :cool:
     
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    Good times!! :D

    really love finding this piece of history in the computing world. Steve really is one in a billion.

    Apple is in good hands. :apple:
     
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    How can you tell, did you see all 1.36:46 in those 14 minutes since this was posted.:p
     
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    But this video was published to the public on youtube long before ;)
     
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    It's presentations like this that you realize you miss the man.
     
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    I think he meant great journalistic work :)
     
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    It still gives me goose pimples just to watch the Macintosh demo with the music Chariots of Fire!
    We are Apple! Leading the way! :apple:
     
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    It was fun to see people asking questions about what we take for granted these days. One gentleman had a question which was something along these lines: "I see that when you selected the word and wrote over it both words were conveniently 5 letters long, is it possible to write longer words over selections?" he said it in a way that he doubted the capability and it was just funny to see that.

    The older man who asked about an individuals efficiency with the Macintosh or a traditional keyboard-only computer over time was also funny.

    Great video.
     
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    Excellent footage that really brings it home how far we have come in computing :)
     
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    Our generation was pretty lucky to have such a thinker present.
     
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    Steve was just incredible.
    Glad we got to see so much of him.

    Glad to see Apple still holding on to so many of the same core beliefs.
    And hey, those 5 original Macintosh ads were also great.
     
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    Wow, watching the audience go crazy when Bill Atkinson was showing MacPaint for the first time was so cool.
     
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    I remember reading his book on my iPad and the chapter about the launch of the Macintosh then watching the speech Steve does on Youtube right away was really is special! What an amazing time!
     
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    Really? :D
     
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    Great. Now saved for the future :apple:
     
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    I liked how when someone asked about coloured display Steve briefly mentioned a book like computer with an LCD :D
     
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    Now I know where Stephen Hawkins got his voice from, well they do sound much alike, don't you think? :)
     
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    Loved watching this! Had a real ragtag vibe to it, like trailblazers doing something fundamentally radical for the times. The whole thing just reeks of genuine enthusiasm and passion, stuff you don't really see too often these days in more rehearsed, controlled and regimented product presentations. Extended Q&A along with the intermingling after the presentation kills it, wish Apple and other companies brought Q&A to their product presentations more often.
     
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    Mac Intro, Rebooted

    This is a great find!

    I put together a 'reboot' of the original, swapping the Mac's original voice for Siri!
     
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    You need Flash to watch the video. Damn.
     

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