The Original Macintosh
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh, and the people who made it (121 stories)
“The real romance is out ahead and yet to come. The computer revolution hasn't started yet. Don't be misled by the enormous flow of money into bad defacto standards for unsophisticated buyers using poor adaptations of incomplete ideas.” -- Alan Kay

This is interesting. My coworkers have referred to this key as the quadcopter key.

Burrell, if you are reading this...we'd love to hear from you! I have so many questions for you. Not just about your time at Apple.

Great story! Great gesture by Mr. Jobs! Greater gift by Mr. Jobs to give each of the first 100 on the Mac Team their own Mac with their individual name molded into the case! Definitely an incredible thing, but what’s more incredible than that computer case is that the Mac Team lead by Jobs cast the molding for everything that Apple is today!

I met Hulk Hogan once. It was just as magical.

I remember using Slackware Linux back in the 90's and being amazed that the X window system didn't support copy-n-paste across the board. Meaning, I could copy text from a textfield but it wouldn't always paste into another textfield. It was a gamble as to which fields would actually copy and which would actually paste. I think they've fixed that now. :-)

Doubtful anyone but me is reading this after YEARS of silence but oh well...the 68K is a hybrid 16/32-bit design. Often it's quoted as a 16-bit MPU because of the 16-bit ALU. Also, having an 16-bit EXTERNAL data bus also lends itself to being labeled 16-bit. Even though, I believe, it's 32-bit internally. @Drew Page: There were no 8-MHz 8-bit computers in the early 80's. 800-KHz was not uncommon. There were a few computers running < 1-MHz. Also, the TRS-80 Model 1 ran at 1.774-MHz. Not all Z80 based computers ran at 4-MHz.

My title would certainly be "Code Monkey" as it is now.

I installed a 4200 pair telephone cable into one of the Apple buildings in 1979 or 1980. I was among the first women Construction Cable Splicers for PT&T at that time. I am guessing it was on Bandley. A typical large cable was 3600 pair. This 4200 pair required a larger case in manholes and the copper wires were thinner. As far as I know it was the first 4200 pair cable laid in Cupertino, Ca. It required extra training and I know phone company engineers were watching closely. It was built by 2 women. I terminated 8,400 wires on 66 blocks in the middle of the building that only had a roof on it- I drove my PT&T van into the building.

Epic burn from Steve! I wonder if Adam Osborne ever bought his kids Macs?

It's easy to make fun of someone who has died. Perhaps everyone should stop with the silly jokes about Jef?

Who's the "Father of the Macintosh"? The mystery is finally solved. It's Steve Jobs. How do we know? The Macintosh said it himself.

It's disheartening to read this, although not all that surprising really. Read any history book and you'll find that memorable leaders throughout it often rule dis-compassionately without remorse and employ intimidation, coercion, insults and other forms of abuse to drive results from their ranks and to thwart dissension. Having said that, I think it's immoral and reprehensible to steal ideas and call them one's own. There is no excuse for that. Those whose ideas were co-opted but never credited deserve some kind of hero's award for putting a great idea/project ahead of their pride.

"Steve made Microsoft promise not to ship any software that used a mouse..." How does a large corporation make a promise? If this was a legal restriction, it would need a written and signed document. THAT is a proper promise. Even so, it appears Microsoft leaders did comply, since Windows was not released until more than one year after Macintosh. They should have waited longer, as the first two versions of Windows were very poorly cobbled together.

@Peter LMAO!!

People still ideas all the time. Like the inventor of the fax machine. In fact, a fax machine is nothing but a waffle iron with a phone attached. And yes...I stole that quote.

My Commodore 64 boots faster than my Mac SE. Take that Apple! LOL

That was very unprofessional. I would have expected it from Jobs but it's a little disheartening to hear that Burrell and Andy enjoyed it so much.

I would have done it. In fact, I would have done it Eric Cartman style.


$7.50 per unit...100,000 units. That must have been some sweet paychecks coming in. ;-) Great job!