Apple ]['s 30th Birthday

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The Apple ][ was the first MacApple [Update: Thx for the fact-check, fanboys] I'd ever used. I spent Summers in Hong Kong with the grandparents, and one year I got computer "lessons" on it. When I say lessons, I mean playing Ghostbusters. That game came out in 1984, which is seven years after the Apple ][ launched, and actually even a few years after the Apple III (1980, turd). Pretty amazing little machine, with its 1MHz Processor and 4K of RAM. (Although I think mine was a more powerful Apple ][e.)

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[Wiki, RetroThing and TUAW. Image of the Apple I adopted for use from The Joy of Tech]

DISCUSSION

The Commodore 64 version of Ghostbusters was superior since the best part about the game was the sound (sound quality of anything less than an Apple IIgs was pretty awful). The game itself was lame, as you well know, but I do remember a couple times booting it up on a C64 just to hear the music.

Anyway, the Apple II was not bad.. It just seemed like an overpriced product next to the competition (Commodore, Atari, etc). Fortunately, Apple has since realized that they could charge more than the competition if they put an amazing interface on their hardware. From the sense that Apple has since learned the lessons of their Apple II experience, it was an excellent system.

Happy Birthday, Apple II! May you rest in peace.