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The Original Macintosh
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh, and the people who made it (41 stories)
“A designer knows that he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -- Antoine de St-Expurey

  
Andy Hertzfeld:  (41)
Andy started at Apple in August 1979 as Apple employee #435. He was one of the main authors of the Macintosh system software working on the core operating system and the User Interface toolbox, as well as most of the original desk accessories. He later went on to co-found three companies: Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (1999). He is also the main author of the Folklore website you're currently reading.
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The Macintosh's first multi-tasking environment
October 1984
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design, Technical, Compensation
19
 (4.92)
The big day finally arrives
January 1984
Andy Hertzfeld
Marketing,The Launch
11
 (4.72)
The Mac division undergoes an inconceivable reorganization
May 1985
Andy Hertzfeld
Management,Personality,Personality Clashes,Quitting
7
 (4.71)
A shakeup in Apple II engineering frees me up to work on the Macintosh
February 1981
Andy Hertzfeld
Origins,Apple II,Management,Recruiting
6
 (4.64)
An essay I wrote about Apple's values that was published in MacWeek
undated
Andy Hertzfeld
Apple Spirit, Inspiration
8
 (4.61)
My belated performance review is delivered verbally
February 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Management,Personality Clashes
3
 (4.6)
The Mac group gets business cards
March 1982
Andy Hertzfeld
Personality,Apple Spirit
6
 (4.59)
The evolution of the Finder
January 1983
Bruce Horn
Software Design
11
 (4.58)
The very first image on the very first Macintosh
February 1980
Andy Hertzfeld
Origins,Hardware Design,Prototypes
12
 (4.57)
We put a hidden icon in the ROM
August 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design
30
 (4.57)
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