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The Original Macintosh
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh, and the people who made it (123 stories)
“The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.” -- Louis Kahn

a weird glitch seem to have happened to images in some of the stories, here's the correct url for the one just above: https://www.folklore.org/images/Macintosh/bicycle.gif

here's the correct urls of the broken images: https://www.folklore.org/images/Macintosh/moritz_84.jpg https://www.folklore.org/images/Macintosh/little_kingdom.jpg

these are such fantastic tales, thanks Andy! here's the correct link to see the broken image: https://www.folklore.org/images/Macintosh/us2.jpg

For more about the “Do It” button, see https://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?story=Do_It.txt

One reason the PC board was very ugly had to do with industry standards at the time. The industry had somehow settled on 40 pins max for a chip. Pins are metal wires which stick out from the chip, and connect the silicon to the rest of the board. The 8088 adhered to this standard. This created an issue, because when you add 20 pins for address and 8 pins for data and then various other control pins, you quickly get more than 40 pins. The Intel engineers solved this problem by "overlapping" 8 data pins with the 20 address pins. This was clever, but immediately caused board designers to include complicated glue chips to handle this dual pin use. The processor would send the 20 bit address on the 20 pins. The board designer would then have to "capture" this address externally, because the address would then disappear as the pins switched to either receiving or sending data. The 68000 solved this a different way. They realized the 40 pin limit would eventually have to be broken because Moore's law would require it, as processors got wider. This is why they chose to use 64 pins for the 68000. It added to the cost of board design, but because you needed far fewer glue chips it probably saved money overall. Today it is funny to think about this, as chips have 100's and 100's of "pins". Since most chips are surface mounted now, they actually have pads and not pins. Here is the pinout for the 8088: https://www.cpu-world.com/info/Pinouts/8088.html Here is the pinout for the 68000: https://www.cpu-world.com/info/Pinouts/68000.html Notice the 68000 has 24 pins for address and 16 separate pins for data. While the 8088 has 20 pins for address where the first 8 can also be used for data (ad0 - ad7)

what a sight, this space created by my Silicon Valley computer idols, congratulations guys for this great outreach work. The Macintosh group and all of Apple have always been my source of inspiration. Thanks and congratulations! I wanted to share with you a sentence of mine that comes from the energy inspired by your group and in particular by Steve Jobs: "Art is the action that amazes". Manuele Cesarini | maloxplay | mxpypr | overnext

When the MacXL came out, Apple sold a kit that converted a LISA to a MacXL by swapping out the ROMs and adding a flyback transformer.I had the idea while at university (Cal Poly) to make a daughter board for the Lisa that housed both sets of the ROM, and enable one to run the machine as either a Lisa or MacXL. A simple toggle switch flopped the flyback in and out, and used the tri-state pins on the ROMs to select which to use. I was working in the terminal repair shop at school then (anyone remember the teleray 10-T?), and my colleague there, John Byrne, and I started a small company to make and sell them, Orphan Technology. We sold a few hundred, I think, before we sold the balance of the stock to sweet old Sam Neulinger. Not bad for a Mechanized Agriculture major.

In the electric car world we have similar considerations for HV battery packs. Moving window current RMS and various time constants, and making sure no one has assumed actual thermal states reset as fast as a software timer. It's great to read this new anecdote - your book sits proudly displayed on my bookshelf. Thank you Andy! -Yue Fan

I bought one. It worked great for my purposes, which was to print out the code I was writing for a Monopoly game. No individual pages needed. The thermal paper came on a roll. I still have the printer and a roll of unused paper.

I thought I remembered this image on the front of a board game I played as a kid. It turns out it was an umbrella he had and not a fiddle though. https://boardgamegeek.com/image/1187545/donald-duck-money-bag

I was there! Greatest group of people from Apple. They hired 200 of us kids from Santa Cruz to work the festival. 17! Years old! As press escorts! Well my sub group anyway. What a blast. Bused us down a week early and then back home 3 days after it ended. Short of it: we got paid, had all access pass, met everyone! Ate for free. Free camping in big top tent. Backstage. The best 2 weeks of my life. Did the same thing at number 2. Almost got run over by BG motorcycle! During setup. It had a huge sidecar attached. I hung out in the tech tent for so long. It was very cool. Every computer and not that crowded. I interacted with Apple folks so many times. I should have took that job! I wanted southern cal and declined after graduation. Thank you Woz. Thank you every single Apple employee. You changed my life and the whole world. In the best way. Thank you for writing this article. We need another festival! The eighties with my favorite bands! It was the best! Thanks so much.

Interesting story. I think there is a typo and the line “(I also did a fsimple ighting video game…” should be “( I also did a simple fighting video game…”. That said, the last paragraph makes me think how those terrible patent troll companies act very differently than William did with John Warnock…

Around 1972 there was a FORTRAN program at our computer center that could generate high-resolution text posters. It was all based on equations so the characters could be printed at any resolution, no font bitmaps anywhere to be seen.

This story is available in audio format, complete with a clip of Andy himself retelling the story! https://macfolkloreradio.com/2021/07/08/folklore-what-hath-woz-wrought.html

I love seeing that there is a new post or comment on this site. Great to read all the stories, especially about when new products were developed.

Hey, great to see that you are back writing new anecdotes. I love your website. Keep it coming :)

It seems Apple recreated the flag to fly over their Infinite Loop headquarters for its 40th anniversary. I wonder whatever happened to the original? See https://9to5mac.com/2016/04/01/apple-hangs-pirate-flag-over-infinite-loop-on-its-40th-birthday-2/

It's an honor to even comment on here!

This is legendary stuff right here! Watched the steve jobs 2015 movie : )

This story is available as an MP3: https://macfolkloreradio.com/2021/05/30/folklore-quick-hide-in-this-closet.html