The early days of Apple’s culture of secrecy. If you had people digging through the garbage bins outside your corporate headquarters, you would be paranoid too!
Original text from Macworld Magazine, November 1989.
Introductory news clip from The Computer Chronicles with bonus crazy background saxophone for some reason.
Hugo Fiennes quote from the Computer History Museum’s iPhone development team panel discussion.
Steve Jobs’ “Super Secret Apple Rumours” podcast from the MWSF 2006 GarageBand demo.
Alleged insider comments on the damage Apple’s internal secrecy has done to Mac OS X at Michael Tsai’s blog, one of the few Macintosh news sources worth reading these days.
Is it too late for Apple’s lightweight laptops? Steven Levy’s summary of the awkward PowerBook Duo situation.
Original text from Macworld Magazine, December 1993.
David Pogue reviews the PowerBook Duo 210/230 and the companion Duo Dock. NuBus and SCSI weren’t hot pluggable, meaning you had to shut down the machine every time you docked or undocked!
Original text from Macworld Magazine, March 1993.
Happy Birthday, Macintosh! Andy Hertzfeld and company rush to complete the first release of the Macintosh system software, then cobble together a demo before launch day.
StuffIt Deluxe 2.0 review. Yes, people were already complaining about software bloat in 1991.
Raymond’s PhD Dissertation: “Subword Lexical Modelling for Speech Recognition”
Wikipedia claims PackIt III development stopped after Harry Chesley went to work at Apple.
Rumor Monger, part of Harry Chesley’s output in Apple’s Advanced Technology Group
Watch a special Christmas message from MFR.
Metrowerks CodeWarrior for PowerPC was ready in late 1993. Eat that, Symantec!
Rich Siegel: interview podcast with iMore and The Mac Observer; Apple’s “Meet the Developer” on Rich; Rich on Twitter, still developing for the Mac 36 years on
Regarding the introductory paragraph: keep in mind that in 1994, the longest QuickTime video I had ever seen was 15 seconds.
A shakeup in Apple II engineering frees up Andy Hertzfeld to work on the Macintosh.
Original text from folklore.org. Jef Raskin and Andy Hertzfeld audio excerpts from “The Macintosh at 20” panel hosted at Macworld Boston 2004. Highly recommended!
The Newton MessagePad soap opera from product launch to cancellation, and all that could have been.
On the memory leak that caused higher than normal recognition failure rates in early OS releases: “I can’t even get my unit to recognize the word ‘Newton’”
The very first image displayed on the very first prototype Macintosh, an Apple II expansion card with a Motorola 6809E.
Original text at folklore.org.
Audio excerpts from Andy Hertzfeld’s keynote speech at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2000. Listen to the full keynote, preserved in 2004 by yours truly from a long-gone RealAudio streaming server.
“Mask ROM” means something a little different in 2020.
E-mail your article and topic suggestions to derek at macfolkloreradio.com.
From the days before flash ROM and easy firmware updates, the tale of Landon Dyer’s accidental inspiration for what to do when your ROMs are truly read-only.
Non-techies may wish to skip the middle bit and go straight to Landon’s Newton post-mortem at 12m10s.
Intro audio clip from Michael Tchao at the Apple User Group Breakfast, Boston MacWorld 1993. Patch talk from the Q&A section at 1h23m25s.
Outro audio clip of Steve Capps (ex-Newton) and Donna Dubinsky, former CEO of Palm and ex-Claris VP, from the Computer History Museum’s Computing In Your Pocket panel discussion.
Steve Chamberlin tells the story of the birth, death, and afterlife of the slickest shareware Tetris for the Macintosh.
Why did the original Macintosh team disband immediately after 1984–and where were they five years later? Checking in on Steve Jobs, Burrell Smith, Andy Hertzfeld, Randy Wigginton, Steve Capps, and Bill Atkinson.
Andy Hertzfeld demonstrating Eazel’s file manager for Linux
The Machine that Changed the World - The Paperback Computer
As elegant and intuitive as the classic Mac environment may have been, life went downhill fast if you needed more than two serial ports or your SCSI chain went south. The one and only Douglas Adams shares a personal horror story. Source: MacUser, November 1991.
From Doug Clapp’s The Macintosh Reader, PDF page 171-176, a rare interview with original Macintosh hardware designer/wizard Burrell Smith. An extra special thanks to vintageapple.org for scanning and uploading this and many other old Macintosh books.
Burrell’s contrary statement on PC Board Aesthetics at folklore.org.
A bonus episode to keep my tiny listener base company while they’re stuck inside because of you-know-what. Stay safe.
R.I.P. Larry Tesler, 1945-2020. With audio from Larry’s presentation on the development and testing of the Lisa user interface, and Bill Atkinson speaking about making modal interfaces useful.
You can hear more about Larry’s days at Apple from the Steve Jobs Legacy Panel, 2011.
Written by Larry Tesler, Macworld September 1985.
The problem with HyperCard isn’t HyperCard, it’s what people are saying about it.
Written by Steven Levy, The Iconoclast, Macworld February 1988.
The little things that Macintosh pilgrims can be thankful for.
Written by David Pogue, The Desktop Critic, Macworld November 1996.
An in-depth look at the beginning of Apple mismanaging itself into oblivion in the early 1990s.
Written by Cheryl England, Macworld September 1991. Fun fact: Cheryl England founded MacAddict magazine in 1996.
Audio from the Computer Chronicles’ coverage of Macworld Boston 1996. Steve Jobs inventory management quote from the WWDC 1999 keynote.
The worldwide DRAM shortage of 1988 encourages back-door deals and money grubbing.
Written by Steven Levy, The Iconoclast, Macworld January 1989.
The story of the Macintosh’s very first multitasking environment as told by the programmer himself, Andy Hertzfeld, at folklore.org.
Audio excerpt from the “Macintosh at 20” panel hosted at Macworld Boston 2004. Highly recommended!
Bill Atkinson, well-known for QuickDraw, MacPaint, and HyperCard, reflects on the 40th anniversary of his start at Apple.
Audio excerpt from the Churchill Club’s 2011 event discussing the legacy of Steve Jobs.
Text available at folklore.org.
Welcome back, Mac Folklore Radio Listeners–both of you. Some rambling from your podcast host after a nine year absence.
Thanks again to vintageapple.org and the mysterious “SteveM” for all the new reading material.