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Mac History


Books about Apple's history that I've read and recommend:
(Feel free to purchase via these links too.)

  • Cover of Revolution in the Valley.Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made.
    It's quite the collector's item.
    The website is free for the reading, but I also highly recommend the book. See it at Amazon.

  • Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company by Owen Linzmayer.
    See it at Amazon.

  • On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple, by Gil Amelio and William L. Simon.
    I had the honor of knowing Gil Amelio in person. I was surprised and also very impressed when he reacted so well to a suggestion I'd made at his press conference, then later saw me on the show floor and approached me.

    I have great respect for Gil and believe he did a great deal to save Apple at that critical time. Without Gil's guts there may not have been anything for Steve Jobs to come back to and build up so brilliantly. I was happy to see this book come out and got a lot out of reading it. It's also got great lessons for anyone who is building a business.


Apple Macintosh TV Commercials

If you don't know the "1984" commercial that first announced the Mac — and the dawn of a whole new era in computing — you owe it to yourself to watch it.

2004 was the 20 year anniversary of that famouse 1984 SuperBowl commercial so at Macworld Expo January 2004, Apple replay the famous 1984 commercial at the keynote — only this time the star sported an iPod! See the 1984 with iPod commercial at Apple's site. It's under Hardware: Ads.

Every Mac commericial and video, and then some, is archived by Gary Gray.

Internet History

Interested in the history of the Internet? PBS has a great set of pages Nerds 2.0.1 as companions to their Revenge of the Nerds programs. There's a Glossary of Geek, an Internet Timeline, and more.

On September 2, 1999, UCLA celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Internet because it was born there when Leonard Kleinrock sent the first computer to computer message. I was there. So was Matthew Haughey, a nice guy who put up these photos.




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