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Forbes: Happy Birthday Mac

updated 02:15 pm EST, Mon December 15, 2003

Forbes: Happy Birthday Mac

Forbes' column talks about the contributions of Apple to the PC and music industries and the importance of Steve Jobs to the company: "He did not always get it right the first time, either--the first Mac lacked enough memory, was a commercial failure and led not only to layoffs but to Jobs' own ouster in 1985. 2000's PowerMacG4 Cube was also a high-priced flop. But more than most, he learned and adapted, and drove his teams to improve--over the long haul, great design can handle the odd failure, but not the failure to learn. Happy 20th, Mac! Take the day off, team. Chill, Steve. Just come back to work tomorrow."




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    First! Yeah!

    Happy Birthday Mac!

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    Hope this is your last birthday.

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    Suck-it.

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    Dear Second...

    I hope you contract an unpleasant infectious disease that covers your body in open sores....

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    What did they MISS?

    Good article, but what exactly was left out in terms of Apple groundbreaking products?

    3 1/2" floppies. Apple birthed 'em, then buried 'em. The PC world laughed at first, then howled.

    Laser Printers. Who built and sold the first AFFORDABLE laser printers? Yeah, they were $6000, but the alternatives were huge on every front.

    24-bit color. Apple may have been late to the table with color capable Macs and monitors, but they did it right!

    USB. Apple legitimized USB and the third partyperipheral suppliers took off with it.

    FireWire. Now you can find these ports in digital video cameras, hi-fi equipment, TVs, hard drives, scanners...

    I'm sure we could go on...

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    Cube

    I use one of those beautiful, quiet "high priced flops" every day.... the only three-year old machines I still have around.

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    Cube

    " I use one of those beautiful, quiet "high priced flops" every day.... the only three-year old machines I still have around."

    Yeah, with how much you paid for it, you probably have to!! Ha ha ha.

    (Yeah, yeah, don't try to come back with how the Cube is right next to your dualie G5 and 17" PB. Keep dreamin')

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    What ELSE did they miss

    "3 1/2" floppies. Apple birthed 'em, then buried 'em. The PC world laughed at first, then howled."

    Uh, did you pass your English classes? The above sentence did not make any sense and should be the one that is buried.

    In fact, yo mamma should have "birthed" you and buried you too like your pathetic prose.

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    Cube is superb

    The cube was certainly not a flop. It is wonderful, gorgeous, brilliant feat of engineering. I still use mine in preference to any other computer, because it is simply sublime - and quiet. Whether it sold 50000 or 1million machines is an entirely different matter. It is, in my view, perhaps the most visionary and brilliant design sign the original 128K Mac (which the author also bemoans: stupid git).

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    Stupid git

    Of course the Cube is not a flop. It could have sold one (to you) and you would still consider it wonderful, gorgeous, [and a] brilliant feat of engineering. By that logic, if Steve Job took a dump, you'd worship that too and call it wonderful, gorgeous, [and a] brilliant feat of engineering!

    Ok, you like the cube, so do I. But please don't deny the fact that it is a flop.

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