Maccast 2011.04.07 – RetroMacCast

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 344. With a lot of the news turning to rumors or focusing on the iPad 2 and iOS stuff this week I was starting to feel like I really needed to get my Mac geek on. I decided to invite the guys from RetroMaccast over to have a talk about some of the great old Mac systems and technology and about how we might bring those back into our lives. It was a fun and informative trip back to the Mac.

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  1. Dave | Apr 08 2011 - 08:55

    I’m fascinated by the history of computing, so I liked it a lot! I checked out their site because I wondered whether either of them had a Lisa in their collection, but it looks like the answer is No.

    I think that the history of computing gets more fascinating the further you go back in time. You start to realize that it is all one continuous timeline, with two major revolutions within our lifetimes. The first revolution was so important that they it is treated nowadays as if it were an event horizon: history prior to Lisa doesn’t even exist, but it does.

    I did find a video on their site that goes way back. Way back. Way back. Prior to the origins. The link is:

    Steve must have been about 7 years old when this film was shot.

    It’s amazing to relive the early times. This film was made only about 5 years before the HAL 9000 was presented to the world. The HAL 9000 was their vision of what 21st century computing would be like: It was A linear extension of what was shown in that film. Not even Kubrick could have imagined how the world would change.

    It would be fun to imagine what would happen if you could have taken the Way Back machine to that computer lab and showed those two guys your new iPad 2. They wouldn’t even be standing by the time you got to showing off the cool new cover. I’m certain that they would have agreed with Dr. Clarke: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That’s what Steve’s been saying.

  2. James | Apr 09 2011 - 12:07

    Dave – I do have a Lisa in my collection. Alas, it is merely a Lisa 2, but a Lisa nonetheless. I’m missing a Lisa 1, and Apple 1, and an Apple III+. I have about everything thing else.