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A roundup of festivities on the 30th anniversary of the Apple Mac

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As you may have heard by now, the Apple Mac computer turned 30 years old Friday, and Apple has been busy celebrating the occasion.

The Mac was a revolutionary computer, and as such, many besides the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant have also been doing their part to commemorate the milestone. Here's a quick roundup of the many ways the tech world is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh.

Apple website: As Apple tends to do during special occasions, the company has retrofitted its website. Users who head to Apple.com are greeted by the picture seen above along with a few paragraphs from Apple.

"In 1984, Apple introduced the world to Macintosh," the company said. "It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it."

Users can then click a link to find more information about various Macs that have been released throughout the years. There's also a video from Apple celebrating its line of Mac computers.

Apple store: Apple is also celebrating at its retail stores. The company has reportedly placed new LED displays on the windows that say "Happy Birthday, Mac," and employees are wearing special T-shirts.

Los Angeles Times: Our very own Chris O'Brien weighed in on the Apple holiday with a post explaining why the Mac was such a significant piece of technology despite being a failure as a product.

ABC News: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook doesn't do interviews too often, but he spoke with ABC News, which aired a portion of the interview Friday morning. Besides Cook, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were also present for the interview.

Viewers can see the first portion of the interview online. The rest of the interview is set to air Friday evening. 

Among the highlights is Cook mentioning he gets about 700 to 800 customer emails every day -- and he reads most of them. Impressive.

9to5Mac: One of the top sites for Apple news, 9to5Mac put together an enlightening infographic that highlights the top Mac computers released every year since 1984. The chart explains why each machine mattered.

Among the highlights is the 1997 limited edition Mac, made for the 20th anniversary of the company. The machine looks futuristic even for 2014. That Mac was one of the first desktops to come with a flat LCD screen, and it retailed for $7,499, according to 9to5Mac.

iFixit: Known for tearing down brand new gadgets and discussing their repairability, iFixit celebrates 30 years of Mac by tearing down an original Mac from 1984, complete with an '80s-style tear-it-apart video.

Unlike most modern Apple products, which get among the lowest repair scores from iFixit, the 1984 Mac earned a 7 score out of 10, meaning it's pretty fixable.

The original Mac team: And finally, 100 out of the 125 people who put together the first Mac will reunite Saturday to share stories about the Mac with an audience of investors and developers. Surely a few new tales of the late Steve Jobs will emerge.

The team is set to meet at the Flint Center in Cupertino, the same auditorium where Jobs unveiled the Mac for the first time 30 years ago.

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