Saturday, January 24, 2009

Steve Jobs Introducing the First Mac

This video of Steve Jobs introducing the first Mac 25 years ago makes a good addition to my blog post yesterday about the history of Mac and the Internet. One of the lines from the video that gave me a good laugh was "never trust a computer you can't lift." As you watch the demo you'll notice that although much has changed in the last 25 years, some user interface design elements remain.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the video link.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned above, one of the observations I made was that while the technology has changed, some user interface design elements from 25 years ago remain. If you're a computer science teacher, a good conversation that this video could start in your classroom could revolved around the question, "why do some of the user interface design elements remain similar to those of 25 years ago?"

The Week In Review - Inauguration Tops the List

I usually post the five most popular items of the previous week on Friday afternoon, but one of the quirks of the transition from FeedBurner's RSS service to Google's RSS service is that analytic data appears later in the day than it did before. Speaking of RSS feeds, if you haven't been receiving updates during the last week, please let me know (richardbyrne at

The big news of the week was, obviously, the inauguration of President Obama. Fittingly, two of the most popular blog posts of the week are focused on President Obama's inauguration. Here are the five most popular blog posts of the last week:

The Inauguration in 60 Seconds
Comparing Obama's Inaugural Address to Kennedy's
10 Questions for Stephenie Meyer
Google Earth and Google Maps Help
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