Today in Apple history: Apple ships its first OS

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Remember the days of green text on black backgrounds?
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July 20 July 20, 1978: Apple DOS makes its debut on the Apple II, giving Apple its first official operating system.

A command line interface with green text prompts on a black background, Apple DOS looks incredibly primitive next to today’s graphical user interfaces. Nonetheless, for Apple users this was the macOS Sierra of its day.

Why Steve Jobs replaced the Mac’s  key with ⌘

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Graphic designer Susan Kare is iconic — literally. The mastermind behind the friendly 32 x 32 and 16 x 16 icons used in the original Mac operating system, Kare’s work has reached more people than almost any other graphic designer on Earth.

Yet the way she stumbled into designing the icons for the Mac operating system was pretty much a lark, and in a recent presentation at the EG conference in California, Kare spoke a little bit about how she stumbled into the job.

It’s a fascinating talk, not just for the details she shares about early Mac operating system development, but also because Kare finally reveals why Apple switched from the Apple symbol to the Command key.

Sunday Deal Roundup: MacBooster And Learn Rails [Deals]

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As the weekend comes to a close and a new week is set to begin, Cult of Mac Deals has two deals that are worth exploring.

Macbooster clears your hard drive of unnecessary files to free RAM space and deliver an instant performance boost. It also cleans out junk and unwanted files to free up more hard drive space. And the course offers you the understanding of how Heroku works while learning how to optimize your app to get the most out of the resources provided. Macbooster is going for $19.99 for a limited time and the Rails course is only $29.

Get Unlimited Storage For One Year With Pogoplug [Deals]

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Running out of space on your phone? Worried about losing those irreplaceable photos and videos? Pogoplug has your back…and your backup.

Through this Cult of Mac Deals offer you’ll get Pogoplug, which gives you unlimited storage on your phone, tablet and computer for one year. That means you’ll have access to your files anytime and anywhere – and all for just $39.