“The story, as the public understands it, is that Steve Jobs made the Macintosh. That is the truth, in the general sense. Only Jobs, who has a talent in inspiring (and humiliating) others, could have put together in the late 1970s the roster of talent for the first Macintosh. He knew that Apple Computer’s Apple II line wasn’t going to get the company to the next level (although sales were still strong) and that the ill-fated Lisa units were exactly that,” Ed Lin writes for Forbes. “No other computer line apart from the Mac is so closely identified with a single person.”
“Yet the original Mac engineering and programming team gets only scant recognition. That all changes with the publication of Andy Hertzfeld’s Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made ($24.95, O’Reilly, 2004), the tech equivalent of Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” Lin writes. “The advantage to having these stories collected into a bound volume is that it counters the histories already published about Apple. As well-written as some of those are, none have the close and personal feel of Hertzfeld’s book… What the original Mac team accomplished in their time frame is an amazing engineering feat. They didn’t merely brush greatness–they booted it up.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Rob “Microsoft wrote the first Mac OS” Endlere ought to get a copy, so he can brush up on his facts in between dodging falling iMac G5’s during earthquakes.
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