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Blayne Bradley
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quote:
The Graphing Calculator Story

Copyright 2004 Ron Avitzur.

Pacific Tech's Graphing Calculator has a long history. I began the work in 1985 while in school. That became Milo, and later became part of FrameMaker. Over the last twenty years, many people have contributed to it. Graphing Calculator 1.0, which Apple bundled with the original PowerPC computers, originated under unique circumstances.

I used to be a contractor for Apple, working on a secret project. Unfortunately, the computer we were building never saw the light of day. The project was so plagued by politics and ego that when the engineers requested technical oversight, our manager hired a psychologist instead. In August 1993, the project was canceled. A year of my work evaporated, my contract ended, and I was unemployed.

I was frustrated by all the wasted effort, so I decided to uncancel my small part of the project. I had been paid to do a job, and I wanted to finish it. My electronic badge still opened Apple's doors, so I just kept showing up.

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(Full story)

This has to be one of the single most impressive stories I have ever read and should have a movie made from.

I forget the link atm.

[Re-excerpted. --PJ]

[ October 08, 2009, 04:24 PM: Message edited by: Papa Janitor ]

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Blayne, you're familiar with the rules for posting copyrighted material. You may not reproduce the entire story here. Excerpt and link, please, so I don't have to remove it all.

--PJ

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Blayne Bradley
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cut out most of the article.
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El JT de Spang
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Still doesn't comply to the rules the Card's have set here.
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Although I should add that it's an interesting story -- thanks for posting it. I'd like to read the entire thing if you'd post a link.
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Link?
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http://www.pacifict.com/Story/
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