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Scrollbar History – UI design is difficult

Scrollbar History – UI design is difficult

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some interesting UI design history from Jack Wellborn at Worms and Viruses: While watching the video, I couldn’t help but notice two snippets at the 7:36 mark from 1982 about scroll bars. First, an Apple engineer shows how scrolling works in the Lisa, followed immediately by a similar demo from Xerox. This juxtaposition immediately struck […]

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Happy Birthday, Mac

Happy Birthday, Mac

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Steve Jobs had assembled a dream team of genius programmers and engineers, whom he urged like a cult leader with flattery and verbal attacks to continually new heights. But the ever-changing demands of Jobs delayed the Mac project, so that the Apple co-founder finally lost his bet against the Lisa team. It was not until […]

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Steve Jobs acts as Franklin D. Roosevelt – Bizarre internal Apple promo (1984)

Steve Jobs acts as Franklin D. Roosevelt – Bizarre internal Apple promo (1984)

| May 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Apple’s marketing history may seem like a continual streak of genius advertising, but even the mighty gadget company has suffered a few stumbles. Take this rarely seen sequel to Apple’s epic “1984” ad spot that features Steve Jobs showing off his acting chops as Franklin Roosevelt in 1944. The full clip, clocking in at a lengthy 9 minutes, was created for a sales associates meeting held in Hawaii in 1984. Jobs’ role as FDR leading the charge against enemy forces was meant as a rallying call to defeat IBM’s dominance.

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Apple and Xerox PARC – Did Steve Jobs steal everything from Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center?

Apple and Xerox PARC – Did Steve Jobs steal everything from Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center?

| March 22, 2012 | 12 Comments

It is claimed again and again that in the course of the Macintosh’s development, Apple just resorted to the ideas the research laboratory Xerox PARC had hatched before. Fact or Fiction?

The myth entwines about a late 1979 visit to Xerox PARC by a group of Apple engineers and executives led by Steve Jobs.

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How Jef Raskin started the Macintosh project

How Jef Raskin started the Macintosh project

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

It All Began with “Annie” – The Vision of a Computer for the Masses (Updated: January 2012) It had been a long way until the day of the official introduction of the Macintosh on January 24th, 1984. Five years earlier, in spring 1979, Apple chairman Mike Markkula wondered whether his company should bring a 500 […]

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