Archive for May of 2006

Macintosh Folklore Radio

May 26, 2006
Vancouver, BC - Andy Hertzfeld's book, "Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made" is being recorded as a freely downloadable audio book. Lifelong Macintosh enthusiast Derek Warren is announcing that the first set of stories have been produced, with new stories to follow every week.

"I've always had a penchant for preserving computer history," Warren explains. "Andy's chronicles are a wonderful example of what happens when the culture surrounding any given technology is preserved and retold, rather than thrown away."

The project originated from Warren's desire to have the stories in audio book format. On early attempts, he says, "I tried using the Mac OS speech synthesizer to read them to me, but that drove me crazy." He jokes that listening to recordings of one's own voice is nearly as painful.

Warren credits Hertzfeld's use of the Creative Commons licenses for enabling him to start the project right away without any legal red tape. Knowing what his rights were, he was able to immediately start rehearsing and recording. Warren still sought Hertzfeld's blessing for the project despite the open licensing terms.

Macintosh Folklore Radio can found at http://folklore.trideja.com/ along with RSS feeds for syndication and links subscribing via iTunes. The show can also be accessed via the iTunes Music Store's podcast directory at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=154536992.

A brief introduction to the series can be downloaded from http://folklore.trideja.com/audio/macintosh-folklore-intro.mp3.

Submitted by: Derek Warren, 5/25/06

Apple Macintosh SE Online

May 25, 2006
This video asks, "What websites work with a browser from 1994 and a computer from 1990?" Watch the video to find out!

Macintosh SE Online: Surfing with MacWeb

This Week in Apple History

May 23, 2006
Today we return to the informative "This Week in Apple History" series at The Mac Observer. The May 23 - 31 entry in the series by Owen Linzmayer & Bryan Chaffin is entitled, "The US Festival, Jobs' Failed Coup, TAM, Pirates".

May 23 - 31: The US Festival, Jobs' Failed Coup, TAM, Pirates

The Father Of The Macintosh

May 22, 2006
This article at Folklore.org by Andy Hertzfeld attempts to answer the not so straightforward question, "Who really is the Father of the Macintosh?" It begins:
"In the early days of the personal computer industry, breakthrough products could still be created single-handedly, or by very small teams. Steve Wozniak is indisputably the father of the Apple II, having designed the entire digital board himself as well as writing all of the system software, including a BASIC interpreter, most of it before Apple was even incorporated. But even Woz required help from Rod Holt for the analog electronics (the Apple II's switching power supply was almost as innovative as the digital board) and Steve Jobs and Jerry Manock for the industrial design (ditto for the plastic case)."

Read more:
The Father Of The Macintosh

This Week in Apple History

May 16, 2006
Today we return to the informative "This Week in Apple History" series at The Mac Observer. The May 16 - 22 entry in the series by Owen Linzmayer & Bryan Chaffin is entitled, "Apple III & AppleLink introduced, iPod Division Created".

May 16 - 22: Apple III & AppleLink introduced, iPod Division Created

Save Our Dogcow!

May 15, 2006
We found this online petition at petitiononline.com (Where else!) from the days of the pre-release beta of Mac OS X.

It reads like this:

To: Apple Computer Inc.
In a current pre-release beta of Mac OS X, Apple mysteriously removed the beloved Clarus the Dogcow from not only the Printer setup/page options, but the entire system. I have been so distraught by this move that I am organizing a movement to bring back our beloved Clarus. It is my personal mission to see to it that Clarus gets put back in the System where she belongs. Apple values it's customers input and it is my hope that the resounding cries of Moof! from the public will be heard. Please fill out the small petition below to show your support and love of dogcattle everywhere.
(Dogcow and Clarus are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.)

Sincerely,
The Undersigned

Now this is something worth a look. A yummy little nugget of history.
See it for yourself:
Save Our Dogcow Petition

The Mothership at Vintage Computer Festival East!

May 11, 2006
If you'll be in the Northeast US this weekend, stop by and say hello! The Mothership crew will be at the third annual Vintage Computer Festival East. It's a one-day event this Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 AM until 6 PM at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey. We'll be exhibiting some great vintage Apple computers from The Mothership collection, including a Lisa 2/5, a Lisa 2/10, an early 1984 Mac 128k in the original box and packaging, a Mac Portable, a loaded Apple III, an early Apple II+, and more! They will all be up and running for a hands-on experience. We will also be showing historic video of Apple marketing materials and giving away some Mothership t-shirts. Hope to see you there!

For more information:
Vintage Computer Festival East 3.0

This Week in Apple History

May 09, 2006
Today we return to the informative "This Week in Apple History" series at The Mac Observer. The May 9 - 15 entry in the series by Owen Linzmayer & Bryan Chaffin is entitled, "Lisa Canceled, Exponential Closes, OS X Born".

May 9 - 15: Lisa Canceled, Exponential Closes, OS X Born

A2 News and Notes

May 03, 2006
The April, 2006 issue of the A2 News and Notes Newsletter for Apple II fans has been posted by Howard Katz!
This issue:
* Happy 30th!
* Storage in the Works
* Compact Shipping
* Replica Redux
* Apple II Testing
* Nearer to Camp Geek
* Software News
* Emulation News
* SignOff

A2 News and Notes

This Week in Apple History

May 01, 2006
Another look back at the informative "This Week in Apple History" series at The Mac Observer. The May 1 - 8 entry in the series by Owen Linzmayer & Bryan Chaffin is entitled, "Big Blue Becomes Cloner, The iMac is Born!".

May 1 - 8: Big Blue Becomes Cloner, The iMac is Born!