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 PostPost subject: Interesting Mac development history        Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:41 pm 
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While surfing the net I came over this site:

http://folklore.org/

It's a bunch of blogs made by some of the developers and creators of the first Mac:s, being the Lisa, Apple II and Macintosh. The stories are very interesting and quite technical at times. They describe the successes and failures the developers had at Apple. Everyone interested in the early days of Apple should read them.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:14 am 
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Wow, a great find.
Of the few I've read so far, this would have to be my favourite.

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I was working on low-level code for the system, interrupt handlers and dispatchers, when all of a sudden I notice Steve Jobs peering over the wall of my cubicle.

"I've got good news for you", he told me. "You're working on the Mac team now. Come with me and I'll take you over to your new desk."

"Hey, that's great", I responded. "I just need a day or two to finish up what I'm doing here, and I can start on the Mac on Monday."

"What are you working on? What's more important than working on the Macintosh?"

"Well, I've just started a new OS for the Apple II, DOS 4.0, and I want to get things in good enough shape so someone else could take it over."

"No, you're just wasting your time with that! Who cares about the Apple II? The Apple II will be dead in a few years. Your OS will be obsolete before it's finished. The Macintosh is the future of Apple, and you're going to start on it now!".

With that, he walked over to my desk, found the power cord to my Apple II, and gave it a sharp tug, pulling it out of the socket, causing my machine to lose power and the code I was working on to vanish. He unplugged my monitor and put it on top of the computer, and then picked both of them up and started walking away. "Come with me. I'm going to take you to your new desk."


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:44 pm 
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Yeah nice find although i am more interested in the mac os 9 rather then the first development.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:58 pm 
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This ones my current favourite...

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For example, Burrell, Steve and I interviewed Angeline Lo's former manager, whom she highly recommended. As soon as the guy walked into the room, I knew it was going to be problematic, because he seemed extremely straight-laced and uptight, dressing more like an insurance salesman than a technologist. He also seemed very nervous as he fumbled at our first few questions.

I could tell that Steve was losing patience when he started to roll his eyes at the candidate's responses. Steve began to grill him with some unconventional questions.

"How old were you when you lost your virginity?", Steve asked

The candidate wasn't sure if he heard correctly. "What did you say?"

Steve repeated the question, changing it slightly. "Are you a virgin?". Burrell and I started to laugh, as the candidate became more disconcerted. He didn't know how to respond.

Steve changed the subject. "How many times have you taken LSD?"

The poor guy was turning varying shades of red, so I tried to change the subject and asked a straight-forward technical question. But when he started to give a long-winded response, Steve got impatient again.

"Gooble, gobble, gobble, gobble", Steve started making turkey noises. This was too much for Burrell and myself, and we all started cracking up. "Gobble, gobble, gobble", Steve continued, laughing himself now.

At this point, the candidate stood up. "I guess I'm not the right guy for this job", he said.

"I guess you're not", Steve responded. "I think this interview is over."

They are all great reads though.


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If you look on itunes you can download these stories as podcasts if you look for macintosh folklore radio.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Interesting Mac development history        Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:20 am 
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