|Apple Macintosh 128k|
|Apple Computers, Inc., 1984|
|CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 8MHz |
Memory: 128 KB
Operating ystem: 1.0. 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.2
Drives: 400KB floppy drive, 9"
|The introduction of the Macintosh in January 1984 was truly an exceptional moment for many academic institutions. The machine itself costed $2,495, a dot-matrix printer $400, the second external floppy drive and a nylon carrying case raised the price even higher. The Donoho's brother MacSpin appeared around 1987, it ran on 128k. Finally there appeared a Fortran interpreter for the Mac that was used for plotting the averaged shifted histogram (ASH) on this computer. However, by the time this tool appeared the Mac Plus and Mac SE models were already available both with hard disks and 1MB memory. |
The lack of colour made this Mac less useful for exploratory data analysis but its high resolution made it excellent for slide presentations. Beyond MacPaint, MacWrite and a few games there were no tools available for years prior to the introduction of the Fortran interpreter for Macs. The first color Mac IIci did not appear until 1989.
A gift from David W. Scott of the Department of Statistics of Rice University, Houston, Texas.
|The Apple II saw a serious use for statistical computation since 1984 at the Department of Statistics of Rice University, Houston, Texas. It served as a game computer for David W. Scott 's children who also used it for preparing elementary school assignments and reports.||