Tech tAUk Reloaded #22: Why 2014 Isn’t Like ‘1984’

Tech tAUk Reloaded

Thirty years ago, television audiences across America watching Super Bowl XVIII were treated to what has been hailed as one of the greatest TV ads ever made: the ‘1984’ advertisement for the first Macintosh. Thirty years later, on this podcast, we pay homage to the anniversary of the launch of the most influential consumer electronics product in modern history, the Macintosh.

But first, our tech headlines this week:

In honor of the Mac’s 30th anniversary, we reflect on Steve Jobs’ public unveiling of the Mac in 1984, and look back at some 1984 reviews of the first Macintosh. Douglas, Josh, and our guest-host Geet tell their respective Mac stories, and we use Mactracker to look back at some old Mac specs. Finally, we review some of the major shifts to the Mac platform since Apple celebrated the Mac’s 20th anniversary back in 2004, and offer predictions of what the next decade has in store for the Mac.

Then, Douglas and Josh both got new iPhones in the past week, so they each review the iPhone 5s, and Douglas shares a bit more about what he’s learned about T-Mobile’s JUMP! program.

Josh offers a “nostalgia edition” of GameZone, in which he notes that a number of educational games from his childhood are now available as modern apps:

Finally, Douglas issues an OKAY THEN, UMM to Fantasy Economics an online game for economics buffs to acquire, trade, and exchange fantasy teams of published economics scholars.

Episode Duration: 1:18:31
On This Episode: Douglas Bell, Josh Feldman, and Geet Jeswani
Direct Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #22 (39.9 MB AAC)
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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.