Thirty years ago today, Steve Jobs did something he would go on to do many times over: He strode onto a stage and introduced the public to a product that would do its damnedest to dent the universe.
Here is, probably, the main thing worth remembering about the launch of the Macintosh: The soundtrack Apple chose for the moment of the machine’s introduction was, hilariously, the theme song from Chariots of Fire.
But here are a few more things to remember as the Mac marks its 30th birthday.
When Apple introduced the Macintosh in 1984, people wondered whether everyone would need a personal computer one day. As the Mac prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday, the same question hangs in the air.
The Macintosh has had a profound effect on my life. I can’t claim to have been there from the beginning as some (it is older than me, after all) but my first Mac, a Macintosh Classic, made me fall in love with computing and started a life-long passion. I can honestly say I don’t know what I’d be doing today if it weren’t for computers.