Watch Steve Jobs Talk Apple in 1980

YouTube / ComputerHistory
YouTube / ComputerHistory

In this video from the Computer History Museum, Steve Jobs gives an early presentation about Apple. If you're a computer aficionado—regardless of whether you're an Apple fan—this is fascinating.

In the presentation, Jobs points out what a big deal it is that Apple's secretaries have computers with spreadsheet apps installed on them. He talks about how kids are better at using computers than he is. He talks about ease of use being the biggest barrier for new users of computers (four years later, Apple would introduce the Mac). He talks about the value of a personal computer (one per person) rather than sharing massive computers, even if they're more powerful. He explores what increasing computing power should be used for—he suggests spending it on making computers easier to use. He even refuses to comment on future products! With 35 years of perspective, this is both extremely retro and surprisingly prescient.

Note that there are lots of glitches in the video, but you can mostly figure out what's going on. Have a look:

My favorite bit from the Q&A: "I don't think the Apple II is ever going to be obsolete." The last Apple II series computer was made 13 years later (!), long after the Mac was Apple's main product, making the Apple II one of the longest-lived computer systems in history.

Related: Watch Steve Jobs Present the First-Ever 'Stevenote' in 1984; Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Address; How Apple's '1984' Ad Was Almost Canceled; and Here's to the Crazy Ones.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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13 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

Would you fly in this?
Would you fly in this?

As it turns out, being destroyed by the very thing you create is not only applicable to the sentient machines and laboratory monsters of science fiction.

In this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy takes us on a sometimes tragic, always fascinating journey through the history of invention, highlighting 13 unfortunate innovators whose brilliant schemes brought about their own demise. Along the way, you’ll meet Henry Winstanley, who constructed a lighthouse in the English Channel that was swept out to sea during a storm … with its maker inside. You’ll also hear about stuntman Karel Soucek, who was pushed from the roof of the Houston Astrodome in a custom-designed barrel that landed off-target, fatally injuring its occupant.

And by the end of the episode, you just might be second-guessing your secret plan to quit your day job and become the world’s most daredevilish inventor.

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