Devon interviews Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team at Apple. Hertzfeld is legendary, both as a programmer and as a regular guy. A group of us met him at Macworld in San Francisco and he took us aside and showed us a version of Switcher he was working on. He then gave us all disks with Switcher on them and told us to get back to him with feedback. I still have that disk.
[via Steve Splonskowski]
I have an iPad Pro that will do all of this stuff. How much of it do I do? Maybe two things. Jeff Benjamin of 9to5Mac is a pro at these instructional videos. My old brain can hardly keep up but hey, one can always replay the video if you need a memory boost.
[via The Loop]
My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this terrific image of a pond in the middle of some dunes with a great reflection on it.
My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this fantastic iPhone/Hipstamatic image of sun rays coming through the woods on Humbug Mountain. Wow.
I had one of the first 128K Macintosh computers in Eugene, Oregon and while I did a lot of writing with MacWrite, I also did a lot of “drawing” with MacPaint.
MacPaint was written by Bill Atkinson (one of the core members of the original Macintosh team at Apple) who added lots of fun touches to all of his early software. MacPaint had various distortions and to be honest, I can’t remember which one was responsible for this image (maybe “invert” and/or “trace edges”). I didn’t draw this; instead I drew some random shapes and chose what would now be called a “filter” and this was the result. It delighted me to no end and I made hundreds of these which I printed on my ImageWriter dot matrix printer.
I’m posting this now because I’m cleaning our basement and found boxes and boxes of old Macintosh related keepsakes, including some of my old writing and drawing done on my first Mac (not my first computer but close).
I had to run upstairs and pop an antihistamine; between dust and mold it was like an archeological dig.
My Flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp shot this with his iPhone 7 on Humbug Mountain on the southern Oregon coast.
Jessa Jones does board-level repairs on iPhones and iPads. Brilliant video, amazing work, and while I get why Apple doesn’t get into this I’m glad she is and hopefully Apple supports her work.
Her company is iPad Rehab.
Jessa has a youTube channel: iPad Rehab with lots of detailed demos on the really nerdy stuff.
[via The Kid Should See This]
John Markoff interviews former iPhone engineering team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a second interview with Scott Forstall.
This is a two hour interview, Forstall starts about 1:07 but both hours are well worth listening to. Understand that the technology that these people built changed the world and Forstall had an inkling of the importance of what they were doing but really, none of them had any idea that the iPhone would turn out to be the success it has been.
This isn’t just for Apple fan-people or iPhone geeks, this will be interesting for anyone who wants a behind the scenes look at how these people’s careers took shape and how they ended up on the original iPhone team. The personal anecdotes are fascinating.
I was involved with Apple in the early years of the Macintosh and this felt very much like early interviews with Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, and others on the first Macintosh team. Historic.
This event took place at The Computer Museum and regrettably, the sound and video aren’t great, but it is extremely worthwhile.
Note: Scott Forstall left Apple (was let go) in 2012. Wouldn’t it be ironic (and interesting) if Forstall, like Jobs, came back to Apple later as CEO (or in some other capacity) after going through a personal transformation outside of Apple. Sometimes distance makes for a clearer head.
How to shoot on iPhone 7
Apple has put up a new page of tutorials on how to do various kinds of photography using an iPhone 7. They’re brilliantly designed, and very easy to follow.
I don’t have an iPhone 7 (6s) but much of this stuff is useful to any iPhone owner.
I was cleaning out a box of old boxes (I love boxes) and found this product box from 1986.
Those of us who started with MacPaint eventually graduated to other tools. I was a MacDraw fanatic (object-oriented graphics) but still needed a bit-mapped painting program (this was pre-Photoshop). SuperPaint was what many of us used and it was like MacPaint on steroids.
If you remember, “FatBits” was MacPaint’s zoomed mode, “LaserBits” was something similar with SuperPaint (as memory serves). SuperPaint had all sorts of creative touches that were great fun for those of us who enjoyed MacPaint.
I’m posting two images, one of the front of the box, one of the back. If this history interests you, read the back to see more about what graphics programs looked like pre-Photoshop.