Friday, December 24, 2004

Apple - The Graphing Calculator Story ...

This story has been doing the rounds in the blogosphere and /. for quite some time now.

Leaving aside the infosec part, it's really nice to see how two guys, with fantastic amount of help from some really kind hearted (extremely risk taking or moronic) souls could churn out something supposedly (I haven't seen it, so I can't really vouch for it) just too wonderful.

Snippets here.

I used to be a contractor for Apple, working on a secret project. Unfortunately, the computer we were building never saw the light of day. The project was so plagued by politics and ego that when the engineers requested technical oversight, our manager hired a psychologist instead. In August 1993, the project was canceled. A year of my work evaporated, my contract ended, and I was unemployed.

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"It's midnight. I've been working sixteen hours a day, seven days a week. I'm not being paid. In fact, my project was canceled six months ago, so I'm evading security, sneaking into Apple Computer's main offices in the heart of Silicon Valley, doing clandestine volunteer work for an eight-billion-dollar corporation."

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We finished in January 1994. Graphing Calculator has been part of the Macintosh ever since. Teachers around the world use it as an animated blackboard to illustrate abstract concepts visually. It shipped on more than twenty million machines. It never officially existed.

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Read the complete story here.

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