Mac’s past and Apple’s future

12Oct05

How was the Macintosh born? Andy Hertzfeld’s book “Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made” looks into the people and events behind the creation of the first Mac and its subsequent siblings. The book is taken from Hertzfeld’s website, folklore.org. Most of the contents of the book comes from the website but the author says that there are some stories that is only available in the printed copy. What would the Mac be without Steve Jobs? It the book, there are anecdotes and stories about Jobs like the ones on how he dealt with a boring interviewee and the ’emotionally handicapped’ comment. But the book isn’t all about Jobs. Instead, it covers the real people who toiled and spent countless hours designing and programming just to give the Mac to the world. I’ve read Hertzfeld’s website and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. Maybe the Great Microsoft Lemming should get a copy.

From the past to the future. What will Apple be without Steve Jobs? I’ve thought about this several times during my periods of contemplation. What will indeed happen to Apple if Jobs’s cancer was incurable or if his plane crashed while heading to an Apple expo?

Many times I wanted to write about this topic and also wondered how come no one ever thought about this scenario. Well, eventually someone did think about it. A Silicon.com article dicusses the Jobs and Apple symbiosis. It really doesn’t talk about the post-Steve Jobs Apple but it gets the message across: without Jobs there’s no Apple, but without Apple, there will be no Jobs.

The vision needs to survive.”

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