Monday, June 16, 2008
Recently, a friend and I were having a conversation about today's klunky and difficult-to-use operating systems. We decided it's long past time for someone to release a simple, intuitive os that's not bulging over with fluff and pretty decor. We decided this new, easy-to-use operating system would be known as "the real computer for the rest of us... again... and this time we're not going to pull the rug out from under you by evolving it into something that eventually looks and feels not so radically different than any other computer."
If you'd like to play around with the original "Computer for the Rest of Us", the Macintosh, in its pure state, you can download Mini vMac, an emulator, and see just how true that slogan once was. At the very least, you'll have fun reliving a bit of history without having to get out your old MacSE. (It works in OS X, Windows, Linux, Pocket PC, Nintendo DS and a few other things). The real plus: the original HyperCard is part of the download. It may be in black and white, but it's still a blast to make stuff with it. And watch out, HyperCard is addictive!
Mini vMac download page
Early Macintosh Commercial – "The Computer for the Rest of Us"
HyperCard: What Could Have Been, by Leander Kahney, Wired 2002
Tilestack – Online application, similar to HyperCard (in beta)