The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

There's an Original Mac on Display at Microsoft's Headquarters

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

There’s an original Mac on display at Microsoft’s headquarters commemorating the fact that Microsoft Office was released first for Apple’s computer platform, and not the PC. That’s pretty cool because the company could’ve easily chosen to not recognize that bit of history and most people would’ve been none the wiser. Apple played a significant role in Microsoft’s early growth, so seeing a Mac with Office installer floppy discs, as Business Insider notes, next to Bill Gates’ original business card is great. You can check out the ancient Mac at Microsoft’s visitor center in Redmond, Washington.

There’s an Original Mac on Display at Microsoft’s Headquarters

Netflix gets New Interface with Sidebar

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you think finding what you want to watch on Netflix is a little cumbersome, you aren’t alone. Netflix gets it, too, so they’re redesigning the user interface across devices. Soon you’ll have a sidebar that breaks out TV shows and movies, saves you from scrolling through genres just to get to your own viewing list, and more. They say the new interface is simpler and more intuitive. It’s rolling out now, so you should get it soon on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Netflix gets New Interface with Sidebar

Apple Interface Consistency, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming Video - ACM 471

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple’s interfaces compared to the days when “Apple” meant “Mac.” They also go over some listener feedback (read criticism) about their rant last week on Apple’s storage pricing for new MacBook Pro models. Lastly, they discuss whether not Walmart can make a go in the streaming video market, and how that might actually work.

How to Predict When Apple Will Ship New Macs

· John Martellaro · Analysis

15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro with 32 GB RAM

It’s not an exact science by any means. But there are often subtle hints that Apple is ready to ship a new Mac. John has some tips.

Informal Test Shows New MacBook Pro is Quieter

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

One of the features Apple is pushing for its new Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a quieter keyboard. Less clackity-clack will no doubt make a lot of people happy, but is it really quieter? TechCrunch did their own informal test with a previous generation keyboard and the new model. They recorded the results, and there is a difference between the two, but it may not be as dramatic as some were hoping for. Still, it’s quieter, and that’s something.