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The Original Macintosh
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh, and the people who made it (122 stories)
“When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” -- R. Buckminster Fuller

  
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A shakeup in Apple II engineering frees me up to work on the Macintosh
February 1981
Andy Hertzfeld
Origins,Apple II,Management,Recruiting
8
 (4.65)
The Mac Team hoists a pirate flag
August 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Apple Spirit, Buildings, Lisa Rivalry, Retreats
8
 (4.07)
An essay I wrote about Apple's values that was published in MacWeek
undated
Andy Hertzfeld
Apple Spirit, Inspiration
8
 (4.61)
The creation of resources
December 1981
Bruce Horn
Software Design, Origins, Technical, User Interface
7
 (4.15)
The Mac division undergoes an inconceivable reorganization
May 1985
Andy Hertzfeld
Management,Personality,Personality Clashes,Quitting
7
 (4.73)
The famous 1984 commercial almost got canceled
September 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Marketing,The Launch
7
 (4.55)
We hooked up a mouse to the Apple II
June 1981
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design,Apple Spirit,Prototypes,Technical,Apple II,Compensation
7
 (4.33)
My first job on the Macintosh project
February 1981
Andy Hertzfeld
Hardware Design,Prototypes,Software Design,Early Programs,Technical
7
 (3.9)
We needed to come up with a naming scheme for our fonts
August 1983
Susan Kare
Software Design,Personality
7
 (4.38)
The very first location in low memory
October 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design,Testing,Technical
7
 (4.1)
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