The Original Macintosh
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh, and the people who made it (122 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

Guess what they just showed onstage at the Microsoft Build 2019 conference?

This story is available in audio form at (March 2019 episode)

This story is available in audio form at (Feb 2019 episode) Also check out Bill Atkinson's interviews on TWiT with Leo Laporte, Triangulation episodes 244/247 and 361/362. Excellent stuff. He's not joking about the LSD. :-) Thanks for everything, Bill!

The part about Steve just yanking the plug on your Apple II was painful...

These stories are so inspiring to me as a software developer, IoT builder and technical book author. It's amazing to read about the things that these hardware/software OS pioneers were able to pull off. I read the book, Revolution in the Valley, and it was fantastic.

Today is the anniversary of that sad day.

I recently rewatched the Computer History Museum interview of you and Andy regarding MacPaint and it struck me anew how groundbreaking it was. I grew up with MacPaint and HyperCard - and I wanted to say thank you for creating these wonderful tools. If the Mac was the bicycle for the mind, MacPaint and HyperCard were the Concorde.

Hi, the IIc ROM v0 (which is actually the 2nd version) contains a placeholder for AppleTalk which replaced booting from an external drive. This was later removed in v3. Could you tell us more about the effort to bring AppleTalk to the IIc, why it was abandoned, and why booting from external drives was never restored in the IIc ROM? Thanks!

We thank you because you guys give technology to our hands. You kick the door open for a lot of creative people. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

A lesson from Burrell : Creative man eats Pineapple Pizza 😎😎😎

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@Sos Sargsyan. You must be joking...a book was written about these stories. lol

I believe Jef was the "father of the idea of Mac". But, I hardly find it fair to say that Jef (or anyone else) were the sole inventors of the idea. I'm sure that kid in the early 60's who fell in love with computers imagined one day owning an easy to use computer in his bedroom. Or that mom working in a giant mainframe room wishing they could afford having a computer at home that was easy to use. So the idea is worthless. Sure, Jef had the idea (even an 8-bit prototype). But the "Macintosh" was the Macintosh because of Burrell, Steve Jobs, Hertzfeld and many more.

@Glen I was thinking the same thing. After all, it was a countdown right?

People complaining about disk swapping...makes me laugh. If Matrix were here, he'd laugh too. Back in my day, we copied via cassette tape and command line. You whippersnappers and your fancy mouse machines!

@ask@me I think Edward was talking about bodge wires on production products.

Your skin is thicker than mine. I wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes with Jobs after he told me to shut up. I suffer from a high temper and a short fuse. lol

Does anyone know if the original Mac was a two layer board? Four layer? More? I doubt it was more than four. I imagine it was only two but would like to know.