When I am copying files on a Macintosh, I notice that the folder says that its Modified/Created timestamp is 24 January 1984 08:00. Why is this particular timestamp is used? Is it something to do with when Mac OS X was first released?


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It is the Mac's birthday.

Jan. 24, 1984, was the date Jobs took to the stage to show off the very first Macintosh in a live demonstration. The presentation from Jobs stirred an audience of more than 3,000 people into a frenzy when the computer read aloud, "Hello, I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag."



January 24, 1984 is the date that the first Macintosh went on sale.

Apple do love their easter eggs...

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