The Apple Lisa from 1983 was the first consumer-class computer with a graphical user interface and significantly more advanced than the 1984 Macintosh, which had a similar UI, but a comparatively primitive underlying OS. Here, I present a searchable PDF of the rare “Operating System Reference Manual for the Lisa” (1983), as well as a quick overview of the OS and how it compares to UNIX. “Operating System Reference Manual for the Lisa” (1983) (PDF, 188 pages, 6.2 MB)
: This is James Turner for O'Reilly News. I'm speaking today with Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original designers of the Macintosh and author of the book, , which chronicles the efforts to create the Mac. He currently works at Google as a Software Engineer. Thanks for taking the time.
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I was recently in Vancouver Canada for a week, considering moving there, when my friend Ariel Hyatt said, “ You have to meet this amazing guy Tom Williams. He got hired by Apple when he was only 14. I think the company had to, like, legally adopt him to do it. He's a go-getter like you.
I love hearing and reading stories about the people who made great things happen. In much the same way that I enjoyed “Classic Feynman” and shared the book with many friends, I share with you the beginning of the Apple Macintosh. Andy Hertzfeld’s website, Folklore.org, chronicles the early days of Apple Computer and the creation of the Macintosh. It does more than that though, it brings back all the fun had in creating it, and gives us a first look in the original Cult of Mac: its creators. Quite a few of the stories follow Burrell Smith .
Here are all three volumes of the original 1985 edition of Inside Macintosh as a searchable PDF: Inside Macintosh Volumes I, II, III (1284 pages, 18 MB) I have been told that there are several people in Apple’s operating system kernel team today that are younger than the original Macintosh, therefore I see this as act of preserving retrocomputing documents; the times when someone cared about the copyright of this must have long been gone. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
<img src="http://cultofmac.cultofmaccom.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/misc/jpg/souped-up-se30-20081014.jpg" alt="souped-up-se30-20081014.jpg" border="0" width="495" height="494" /> James Wages is a man on a mission. Where you and I might see a tired old computer that’s not much use to anyone anymore, he sees a decent machine with plenty of potential. The results of his tinkering are spectacular ; this ancient SE/30 is in regular use by the Wages family, for writing things, drawing things, and (most impressively, I think) getting online.