The computer that changed the world 30 years ago

We may earn a commission from links on this page.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, the computer that changed everything. It popularized the graphical user interface, taking the crude version that existed at Xerox and making it infinitely better, introducing all the conventions that we now take for granted.

I was ten when it came out, and I wanted one since the first minute I saw it (of course, being a kid, I got an Apple II instead.) I had to wait for 25 years before I could buy one, but finally I got it.