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Week in review: Apple marks three decades

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Like the co-worker who doesn't seem to want a big deal made of an upcoming birthday, Apple Computer marked its 30 years in existence as if it were just another day at the office.

But for Apple fans, the world changed when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak decided to shift their focus from making devices for free long-distance calls to making computers. In the three decades since its founding, Apple Computer has grown from a tiny start-up to a household name and cultural icon known as much for its iPod digital-music players as its computers.

CNET News.com looks back on a wild ride that saw Apple fall from the top of the tech heap in the 1990s as Microsoft grew into the largest software company in the world and PC makers such as Compaq Computer and IBM came to dominate the industry. Compaq now exists only as a brand name sold by Hewlett-Packard, IBM no longer makes PCs, and Apple is enjoying perhaps its finest hour.

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