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Retro Apple Postscript: How an iPod Saved My Life

Every once in awhile, even a tech blogger needs to open up about his or her personal life. After submitting my recent iPod article to my editor, I mentioned that writing that post brought back some not-so-pleasant memories along with the good ones. He asked that I share my experience in hopes that perhaps I can help someone else with GAD or another mental health disorder.

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Retro Apple: iPod – A Comprehensive Look From Then Until Now

le’s road to success is paved with many products that no longer exist. Some have simply become redundant thanks to newer products with more functionality, while others were unceremoniously dumped from the Apple product line. Today we’ll look at a wildly successful Apple product that is still being sold, but in a much different format — the iPod.

Retro Apple: How HyperCard Changed the World One Stack at a Time

HyperCard was a powerful, yet extremely easy to use tool for creating “stacks” — essentially flat-file databases that used hyperlinks as a way of navigating a stack of “cards”. You have to understand that at the time HyperCard was first released in 1987, there was no World Wide Web, so the concept of hyperlinks was completely new. HyperCard not only got a lot of Mac fans started in programming, but it also inspired some of the tools that we take for granted today.

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Retro Apple: The Apple Newton MessagePad Was Well Ahead of Its Time

The Newton MessagePad series was truly a product line that was ahead of its time. It was the most highly anticipated product of the early 1990s, offering many smartphone features — without the phone, of course — in a portable package. The devices had a controversial life and never really achieved the mass popularity hoped for by the man who shepherded the Newton MessagePad through its development — John Sculley.

Apple QuickTake 100 digital camera

Retro Apple: The QuickTake 100 Digital Camera

In 1994, photography was a rather involved affair. You put film — in either a roll or cartridge — into your camera, took photos without knowing immediately how the image turned out, then took the film out of the camera and either developed it yourself in a darkroom or took it to a location to be developed for you. Apple helped to popularize digital cameras beginning in 1994, and today we’re taking a look at what is considered the first digital camera to have consumer acceptance: the Apple QuickTake 100.

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