Revolution in The Valley [Paperback]: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Andy Hertzfeld was a graduate student in computer science at UC Berkeley in January 1978 when he purchased one of the first Apple IIs.He quickly lost interest in grad school as he began writing programs for his Apple II, eventually leading him to join Apple Computer as a systems programmer in August 1979. He joined the Macintosh team in February 1981, and became one of the main authors of the Macintosh system software, including the User Interface Toolbox and many of the original desk accessories. He left Apple in March 1984, and went on to co-found three companies: Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (1999). In 2003, he developed web-based software for collective storytelling that he used to write the stories in this book. In 2005, he joined Google, and was one of the main creators of Google+.
- File Size : 6300 KB
- Publication Date : December 6, 2004
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 320 pages
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st Edition (December 6, 2004)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B006BAW3N0
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- Best Sellers Rank: #288,474 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is told in a series of fairly chronological anecdotes that really bring a clear picture of the entire development of the original Mac, from it's origin as a sort of skunkworks to it becoming so large it had to have managers that actually forced many of the original and most talented members of the Macintosh team to leave Apple and move on to working elsewhere. And it ends with Steve Jobs oust from the Company by John Sculley from Pepsi who Jobs had brought in (Sculley would bring Apple to the point of collapse and made a deal with Microsoft that allowed them to make WINDOWS and force Macintosh into the small portion of users that it has today).
The book also has wonderful photos of the people involved as well as prinouts and photos of the early development of the programs and GUI for the Macintosh.
If you are a mac-head run out and get this book right now!!!
This book contains most of those anecotes, and many more, written in a sincere, egoless, and often courageously introspective style. I admire and appreciate Andy for making this book possible, and for providing the added context of a tapestry of commentaries beyond his own narrative voice.
Although much of the material Hertzfeld and crew presents is covered in other books, (such as Levy's "Insanely Great"), this book gives us an intimate flavor to some of those old stories. There's nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth.
Also, as one whose mind was blown by the original Mac, and currently makes a living as a computer programmer, I find the technical details, shots of original developer notes, and personal photographs to be fascinating.
Great book - highly recommended.
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Well, I was wrong. Plenty of stories I never knew.