Saturday, 25 January 2014

Early Macintosh developers -"We would have worked for free......"

During an event celebrating the 30th birthday of the Macintosh.




On Saturday evening, the original Macintosh development team came together to celebrate the birthday of machine they had created three decades earlier.

It was in this building thirty years ago that a young Steve Jobs changed the world of personal computing.

Apple Macintosh 128KLooking back fondly on the process, the team said creating the product was not about the money. "If Steve said, 'How about you guys don't get paid?' said Rod Holt, Apple's original hardware guru, and one of the company's first 10 employees. We would have still had a group." "But there would have been a lot of grumbling," he added, laughingly.

Bill Atkinson, who created the MacPaint program, described Jobs pitch in recruiting him, even tearing up at one point during the panel. A grad student at the time, he was reluctant to join. But Apple flew him to Cupertino and Jobs personally convinced him. "Think of how fun it is to surf on the front of a wave," Jobs told Atkinson. "Come down to Silicon Valley, where we are inventing the future."

The event had a party atmosphere, complete with a rock band to kick things off. The MC for the night was Bill Fernandez, the same person who introduced Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak the last time around. Some of Apple's other earliest employees were in attendance, including Daniel Kottke and Larry Tessler.

Steve Hayden, who conceived of Apple's famous Ridley Scott-directed "1984" commercial, was on hand to provide insight about the now iconic TV spot. He mentioned Jobs' original mandate to him for the commercial: "Stop the world in its tracks." No easy task, but after Jobs saw the rough cut of the spot, "Steve could barely contain himself," Hayden recalled.


CNET's Dan Farber also moderated a panel of folks who used and developed for the Mac once it was released. David Bunnell, who founded Macworld, described the shooting session behind the well-known picture of Jobs cradling three of the machines on the inaugural cover of the magazine. Turns out the cover almost didn't happen: At the last minute, Jobs changed his mind and didn't want to be on the cover. "Sorry Steve, it's already on the printers," Bunnell fibbed.

Current Apple CEO Tim Cook granted an exclusive interview with ABC News looking back at the machine. Apple also overhauled its homepage with a tribute to the Mac and put out a video celebrating the anniversary.

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