Most of the time during those rehearsals, Ken and I had nothing to do except sit in the then empty audience and watch The Master Presenter at work — crafting his keynote. What a privilege to be a spectator during that process. At Apple, we were actually all students, not just spectators. When I see other companies clumsily announce products these days, I realize again how much the rest of the world lost now that Steve is gone (…)
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Then it was back to slides and Steve talking about how we built it. “We based Safari on an HTML rendering engine that is open source.” (…) It was KHTML. Specifically KHTML and KJS — the code inside KDE’s Konqueror Web browser on Linux. After the keynote was over, I sent this email to the KDE team to thank them and introduce ourselves. I did it right from where I was sitting too, once they turned the WiFi back on.
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What you also can’t hear on the video is someone about 15 to 20 rows behind where we were sitting — obviously expecting the word “Gecko” up there — shout at what seemed like the top of his lungs:
“WHAT THE FUCK!?”
KHTML may have been a bigger surprise than Apple doing a browser at all. And that moment was glorious. We had punk’d the entire crowd.
Zachęcam jedynie kilkoma cytatami powyżej, ale to kolejne, absolutnie niesamowite spojrzenie do wnętrza Apple sprzed kilku ładnych lat. Don Melton, twórca Safari, zdradza kolejne szczegóły z przygotowań do jego pierwszej prezentacji oraz podsumowuje całość genialnie. Jeśli interesuje Ciebie Apple to musisz to przeczytać w całości, razem z tym emailem wysłanym przez Dona do KDE.