Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

Andy Hertzfeld

Language: English

Pages: 328

ISBN: 1449316247

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the groundbreaking Macintosh computer was born. The book traces the development of the Macintosh, from its inception as an underground skunkworks project in 1979 to its triumphant introduction in 1984 and beyond.

The stories in Revolution in the Valley come on extremely good authority. That's because author Andy Hertzfeld was a core member of the team that built the Macintosh system software, and a key creator of the Mac's radically new user interface software. One of the chosen few who worked with the mercurial Steve Jobs, you might call him the ultimate insider.

When Revolution in the Valley begins, Hertzfeld is working on Apple's first attempt at a low-cost, consumer-oriented computer: the Apple II. He sees that Steve Jobs is luring some of the company's most brilliant innovators to work on a tiny research effort the Macintosh. Hertzfeld manages to make his way onto the Macintosh research team, and the rest is history.

Through lavish illustrations, period photos, and Hertzfeld's vivid first-hand accounts, Revolution in the Valley reveals what it was like to be there at the birth of the personal computer revolution. The story comes to life through the book's portrait of the talented and often eccentric characters who made up the Macintosh team. Now, over 20 years later, millions of people are benefiting from the technical achievements of this determined and brilliant group of people.

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program to draw the calculator. After playing around for a while, he came up with a calculator he thought looked pretty good. But the acid test was showing it to Steve Jobs, in his role as our esthetic compass, to see what he thought. We all gathered around as Chris showed the calculator to Steve and then held his breath, waiting for Steve’s reaction. “Well, it’s a start,” Steve said. “But, basically, it stinks. The background color is too dark, some lines are the wrong thickness, and the

in 1986 Mike Moritz switched careers and became a venture capitalist. He went to work for Don Valentine at Sequoia, one of the original investors in Apple. Mike became the original investor in Yahoo! in April of 1995, convincing Jerry Yang and David Filo to commercialize their web directory, and today is one of the most respected VCs in the industry. “He would have made an excellent King of France.” Jef Raskin “TIME’s Man of the Year for 1982, the greatest influence for good or evil, is not a

was scheduled for January 1984. Steve Jobs wanted to launch the Macintosh with an inspiring commercial that was as revolutionary as the product itself. He loved the Orwellian tagline when it was presented, and he encouraged the Chiat-Day team to pursue it. Steve Hayden and Brent Thomas put together an intriguing storyboard, envisioning a visually striking, highly symbolic, miniature science fiction epic featuring a young female athlete who liberates the subjugated masses from totalitarian

determining what needed to be swapped. Even though it was crashing all the time, it was incredibly satisfying to see it begin to work and then stabilize as I tracked down various problems. I had it working for an hour or so when I saw Bud Tribble, who lived next door to me, return home. Bud had finally finished his M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, and had even interned for a year, but he decided working on the Macintosh was more fun than being a doctor, and he had returned to

debug. I finally developed a debugging technique by single stepping through their interpreter, six instructions at a time, to get to the instructions that were doing the work, but it was pretty painful. I was determined to slog through it because of the promise I had made when I visited Microsoft. One of the last problems I addressed before finishing the first release of Switcher in March 1985 had to do with applications hanging. If you’re running multiple applications, you don’t want one

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