How Steve Jobs Almost Put A Little Man In Every Mac

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In February, 1982, a manic Steve Jobs bounded into the office of Andy Hertzfeld, the primary software architect of Apple’s top-secret next gen computer, the Mac (which celebrates its 30th birthday today). Wild-eyed and obviously excited, the 27-year-old Jobs waved his hands around his head and shouted, „Mr. Macintosh! We’ve got to have Mr. Macintosh!“

Hertzfeld blinked and started at Jobs, uncomprehending. „Who is Mr. Macintosh?“ he asked.

„Mr. Macintosh is a mysterious little man who lives inside each Macintosh computer,“ Jobs reportedly said. „He pops up every once and a while, when you least expect it, and then winks at you and disappears again. It will be so quick that you won’t be sure if you saw him or not. We’ll plant references in the manuals to the legend of Mr. Macintosh, and no one will know if he’s real or not.“

Practically trembling with excitement, Steve Jobs continued to imagine all the weird, funny ways in which users would interact with Mr. Macintosh.

Mr. Macintosh wurde nie Realität. Aber die Geschichte dazu ist lesenswert.