Friday, February 06, 2009

Apple And The Status Cow

Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

Apple’s “1984”

What is Apple’s “1984?”)

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Tricia dreamed she was
a blue morpho butterfly
by a river bank.

Susan Kare’s Blue Butterfly


Who is Susan Kare?)

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... Apple had hired all these Hewlett-Packard people who were running the Apple II engineering, and they didn’t know anything about the Apple II. Apple went through various fads where it would hire engineers from a certain company. It had an HP period, a Xerox period, a DEC period, but HP was the dominant one in the early days. There were a few Apple II hobbyists like me, Bob Bishop, Charlie Kellner, and Rick Auricchio, who had bought Apple II’s and became so obsessed with them that they naturally migrated to Apple. But, they also hired all these guys who didn’t even know what an Apple II was when they started working there. To me that was totally incomprehensible. Why work at Apple if you don’t even like the Apple II?

Andy Hertzfeld Joins Apple

Who is Andy Hertzfeld?)

Status quo.

On Michigan Avenue there’s an Apple store.

Today people will walk into that Apple store

and they will buy Apple Macintosh computers.

All those people will walk out of that Apple store

with machines that run Intel microprocessors

with NeXT UNIX as an operating system.

Status cow.

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