Graphing Calculator Story

It may not seem like it to most people, but sometimes the history of computing is filled with incredible and entertaining stories, particularly when it comes to Apple.  This is an example of that; the story of a couple of engineers doing whatever it takes to finish a piece of software they weren’t supposed to be working on in the first place:

The Graphing Calculator Story

Don’t worry, it’s not filled with a bunch of geek-speak and technical jargon.  It’s a fascinating read for anyone, even if you are not technically inclined or have no interest in the history of Apple.  Basically, it’s about two guys who were working as contractors on a project at Apple that got canceled, but decided to keep showing up covertly to finish their part of the project.

One week we were evading security, the next week Apple is rising to our defense.

For those of you who are in tune with the history of computing, it’s a great insight into the mind set of the environment at Apple at the time that they were able pull this off.  I was thinking while reading this that this kind of thing would never happen at Microsoft.  At the end of the story the author (Ron Avitzur) makes that point with this little joke:

We wanted to release a Windows version as part of Windows 98, but sadly, Microsoft has effective building security.