Some people forget that Apple, formerly known as Apple Computer, was in business for almost ten years before the Macintosh debuted. In fact, in the late 1970s the firm had two of the best-selling “conformist” computers around, the Apple II and IIe. Still, it was the “1984″-themed commercial that ran during the January 1984 Super Bowl broadcast that introduced most of the non-nerd world to Apple and its new Macintosh – new because of its mouse pointer, small size and “insanely great” Graphical User Interface (GUI). Times were not simply “a-changing.” Times changed, forever.
The first Mac was a drastic departure from Apple’s previous “new thing,” the $10,000 Lisa. The Lisa had the GUI, it had …