I took an afternoon and knocked out a widget edition of the site. If I remember correctly, you submitted your widgets to Apple.com and they had a little gallery. Well, I came home a few days later and my server was melting: thousands of hits/second from apple.com. It turned out they decided to make the entire homepage of apple.com a hot-link to my widget.  It stayed that way for about 24 hours — June 17 - 18, 2005.
I love this era of the 'net — when apple.com would just link to a dev's or designer's project. I almost fell out of my chair. Printed the screenshot out. I still remember the bar I went to that night, who I had a celebratory drink with in Kagurazaka, Tokyo, sort of marveling at the absurdity of it all.
The exposure didn't have any marked direct effect on my career or work, but it did boost my confidence in that maybe I wasn't working on such useless stuff in isolation on the other side of the world.
 http://buzztracker.org — the maps don't work because the SSIs are broken; but we often forget, Google News was one of the first times world-wide news was consolidated into a somewhat homogenous format (most sites weren't using RSS when it launched in 2001/2), certainly not one you could easily scrape and process global news patterns.
My "Christmas Countdown Clock" widget (hey, I was only 12 at the time...) got literally hundreds of thousands of downloads when Apple linked to my hosting space from their old widget gallery.
After this first taste of "success" I doubled-down on learning to code and, well, here we are today :)
My colleague and I (we co-developed the "little bit of AI") never saw this comment (and the applause) live: we were still lining up outside of Moscone West. As Apple employees we weren't allowed in until all the guests and paying attendees had entered. Still, we watched the video afterwards and got a huge kick out of the mention.
BTW, the AI we added did not use neural nets or deep learning.
So proper old-school AI then? Perl and regexes?
(Have you _seen_ the internals of Perl's regex code? I swear it has more inexplicable random interconnectedness than most neural nets...)
(which is random, but you need two columns in the PDF). Try select from column 1 near the bottom, across to column 2.
PDFs are very diverse. Our algorithm does not always work, alas, but it is significantly better than what existed before.
In fact, for some reason, it works well for this document on page 1 and 3 but not so well on page 2! But I no longer have access to the low level tools I used to use to figure out what went wrong.
PDFs are more "baked" layouts rather than high level semantic markup, so it's not easy to automatically determine this. The AI is probably a set of heuristics.
Just a bit of an aside. I'm still somewhat bitter about it :-p
This is quite similar to iOS text selection in practice: mostly works, but when it doesn't you're screwed.
Unfortunately it doesn't work correctly for the PDFs I get from my accountant.
It's one of those features that are really obvious, but probably surprisingly hard to implement.
I still have an iTunes playlist with all of the music from the dancing silhouette iPod commercials, and I get the warm and fuzzies when I listen to it.
I wish there was a high-quality archive of these commercials online to relive some of those memories. Unfortunately, every time I look for them on YouTube, they're incomplete copies of over-compressed copies of watermarked copies of cropped copies of altered copies of something someone recorded off what looks like low-grade Betamax.
I am a collector of Macs from around this time. I just picked up an orange G3 Clamshell iBook, and I absolutely adore my 'pixar lamp' iMac G4.
I'm considering internal hardware mod projects to get these two up to a reasonable speed.
I have the tools to fix it, but no longer possess the manual dexterity. Sadly, it will probably end up in the garbage because my local Apple Store won't take it back for recycling.
If you were anywhere near Toronto I'd take it off your hands. I specifically want broken units for my hardware mods as I feel bad intentionally destroying a functioning unit. It's just kinda shitty to collectors.
Any thoughts on what you might do with yours? I did some research and there seems to be a few options at various levels of the stack but all with efforts levels that far exceed my current resources. Some guys say they have NetBSD running on it ... there’s another guy who figured out the idiosyncratic video interface so you can gut it if you want and reppace the innards with something more modern (it doesn’t feel right to me).
I thought it might see some use as a sexy remote terminal for my main computer but nope - it couldn’t even do VNC without vertically flipping the right hand half of the image. Something to do with the screy nvidia drivers I presume ... incidentally the reason why there’s not much in the way of interesting Linux support. I might use it as an emacs terminal maybe now that I think of it. It sure is pretty though!
I think they're trying. I'm thinking about the new option of having emoji engraved to AirPods cases.
Even original quality might disappoint, because video quality - especially resolution/ppi has improved so dramatically since those days. I have some high quality digital tape video (transferred to disk) from around that time, which was better resolution than CRT based TV's in North America. Only computer monitors could replay the full resolution of my videos back then. -- Fast forward to now - and even uncompressed, my recordings look like crap on a 4k TV. :-(
If we're giving awards for looks I'd have to say that the current MacBook Pros take the cake for me.
I feel similar about the platinum theme that started on MacOS 8
Me too! They had awesome song choices.
I always enjoyed the iPod Shuffle with Jerk It Out by Caesars from 2005; the white headphones become a symbol status thanks to how they exposed these in cm's
When they launched the Apple II in 1977 at the West Coast Computer Faire, there were dozens of other micro-computer startups there as well. But Steve had the foresight to hire a professional product designer to create the foam molded case, and professional graphic artists and marketing people to design their logo, brochures, booth, etc. In addition to the technical genius under the hood provided by Woz, the visual components clearly separated Apple from the pack and put them in the same league as multinational corporations Commodore and Tandy when Apple was still essentially two twenty somethings in a rented office in Cupertino.
Corporate DNA is an interesting phenomenon. Throughout the years, under various different leaders, Apple has somehow been able to consistently produce quality technology that people want to own because it looks good and is marketed well. One has to wonder how it becomes so ingrained in a company like that.
It hasn't been there since he passed - they've been coasting, and it's starting to show.
On the other hand, the iPad only came into its own well into the Cook era. It was really just a big iPhone when it came out (I had a first gen).
As far I can tell there is nothing significant about the devices. They're a complicated way to stay distracted with a reasonably okay medical monitor built-in.
They don't seem to be a game-changer the way the iPod or iMac was.
I could, of course, be very wrong.
When I’m running or at the gym, it’s really nice not to have to lug my phone with me and still have access to music, podcasts, and when I’m running GPS to track distance and speed.
The iPod was not technically a leap. They assembled it from third party hardware in less than 9 months. The only reason it wasn’t copied sooner is because Apple (smartly) bought up the complete supply of 1.8 inch hard drives for months.
Competitors still haven’t been able to squeeze the functionality and performance of the Apple Watch in a device as small.
They killed the Mac Pro by making it look like a garbage can. It is back to ATX standards but way too expensive, which drives people to make Hackintoshes to play MacOS games. I home Apple can get the PlayMac or whatever gaming Mac out soon so people can play games on it without spending thousands on a Mac Pro.
But AirPods and Apple Watch are certainly from Tim Cook’s Apple and I think they are outstanding products.
They are a product I have no use for, and the way people leave them in constantly appalls me.
But, I must admit, friends who have them are impressed, and at least one has given me good reasons why.
So, AirPods serve as good evidence against my belief.
I'll be surprised if it's online for another week (not that I want that to be the case).
At the same time, the right-click blocker, referral link to Rogue Ameoba, and soliciting of donations just rub me the wrong way. To be honest, these all should have been uploaded directly to archive.org or something.
It's kinda disappointing, as I've gone to apple.com/pr for years and downloaded press images of the products I find cool/appealing. I always hoped there'd somehow be an archive of all the awesome presentations and stuff over the years. It's bittersweet that there's such a rad archive online, but it's approached in such an exclusionary way.
Actually it's even worse than I thought -- went to copy one of the Vimeo links (since I could see the videos are hosted on Vimeo) and they are not viewable outside of the applearchive site? https://player.vimeo.com/video/372119562 for example. "Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here."
Sadly, completely expected :\ Hope he still has all the original files on hand.
Edit: also it's weird but I totally had a crush on the faceless dancer in the miniskirt in this iPod Shuffle commercial. https://www.applearchive.org/2005-feed/ipod-shuffle-tv-ad-li...
A couple weeks ago, I watched the keynote of Steve Jobs introducing Tiger, and when he demo'd the Dashboard, I had this moment of dawning realization:
"Oh, so that's what you're supposed to use that for. That is... actually completely brilliant. Yes. I want that. Now."
I'm now using the Dashboard quite heavily. It's great.
It got even better a few days later when I watched the Leopard keynote and discovered how you're supposed to use Web Clips.
But: it's a workspace for quick glances that don't take you out of the flow of what you're working on. If you've ever kept a paper notepad, or a calculator, or a small tablet on your desk for reference while using your computer, Dashboard is that, but even better because it can be activated and deactivated more quickly than physically looking down at your desk.
(Make sure the Dashboard is set "As Overlay" if you're ever on a system that has it. Modern-ish macOS defaults to "As Space", which reeks of a setting created by people who didn't actually use the Dashboard.)
Going from “all about Jobs” to “look at our cutting-edge emoji designs” is a nice encapsulation of Apple history. I know that many people hope the period from Jobs’ death to Ives’ departure was just a phase. But it feels like we’re down to the wire product-wise. The new MBP is a nice start but before long the iPhone SE will reach end-of-life and I just don’t want a flat brick with three cameras and no audio port.
the whole thing was rendered in quartz2d afaicr
wow, i never noticed that until now!
Please follow the old Apple, that was about usability, not the new Apple, that is only about flashy design...
A rather one-off thing, never ported to Mac OS X, but we had fun developing it.
It goes into absolute depth into the do's and don'ts of their logo, which I find quite frankly interesting to see from a designer's perspective.
I remember seeing it at the local mall at a computer retailer, and being in awe of how cool it looked compared to other computers at the time, and shocked that it cost $10,000 (equivalent to ~ $25,000 today.)
Even though the Lisa never really went anywhere, it was an amazing achievement at the time.
^Z time: http://removeddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/ep27pk/probably...
And just in case: http://archive.is/bU2RM
(An aside: wow, archive.is handles JS perfectly. It's necessary nowadays, but I'm still extremely impressed)
I dunno, he kinda does to an extent? No reason for him to be an asshole about it, but this is an excellent resource and very well-put-together.
It's not his content at the end of the day, and he himself has no rights to use any of it; people in glass houses, as they say.
The last few iOS releases are a disaster on both fronts. Design-wise it’s completely blank, flat & empty, and usability wise a lot of the apps are just shadows of their former selves. Music, messages, maps, App Store, podcasts, etc. Even basic text editing was downgraded.
Personally I like the friendly stylings of old which were empathetic to users' needs. Computers these days seem to take themselves too seriously, and we've lost a bit of the fun as a result.
I think Apple knew this, too. If you look at the timeline of macOS releases, 10.0–10.2 were released in the span of just over a year, and 10.3 had barely a year of life before Panther replaced it (incremental annual releases are the norm now, but they weren't then). And of course, Apple was still supporting OS 9 at the time.
10.1 -> 10.2 = 11 months
10.2 -> 10.3 = 14 months
10.3 -> 10.4 = 18 months
To me, a lot of these modern interfaces (eg Unity) feel like staring at a dark concrete city. I’d love to see some more of this come back.
For all the videos, I get this on a black background:
Because of its privacy settings,
this video cannot be played here.
I don't even like Apple and I can say people like stainless steel more than plastic.
That said, if you bought a product because of the color, I got bad news for you.