Cortland, named for a type of Apple, is a column about computer history, especially Apple and the Macintosh. These articles were written by a student in the United Kingdom who has studied Apple for years and enjoys writing about lesser-known Apple related topics.
- Lineform: A Familiar, Friendly, Affordable Illustration Program for OS X, 2007.01.29. This $80 illustration program could be all a lot of Mac users need.
- Apple as the Next Consumer Electronic Giant, 2007.01.17. Apple now has a presence in the personal computer, MP3 player, home entertainment, and cell phone markets.
- iPhone and Apple TV Make Macworld Expo Crowd Go Wild, 2007.01.16. “The major highlight of the show was Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote presentation, where he announced that history was going to be made. Jobs performance was flawless.”
- Apples from Other Orchards: The Apple II Clones, 2006.12.05. Before the IBM PC spawned compatibles, companies around the world cloned the Apple II – some with more success than others.
- Rare Apple II Jigsaw Puzzle Found on eBay, 2006.11.17. Apple produced a jigsaw puzzle of the Apple II for its 1983 Gift Catalog, and when one showed up on eBay, who could resist?
- Apple’s Failed BigMac Project: Precursor of the Mac II and NeXT Cube, 2006.11.14. Way back in 1985 Steve Jobs wanted to move the Mac to Unix. The BigMac project failed, but the ideas lived on in the Macintosh II and NeXT Computer.
- Book Review: Digital Retro, 2006.11.10. A great introduction to the history of personal computing with original photos.
- Interview with Dan Bricklin, Inventor of the Electronic Spreadsheet, 2006.11.07. Until 1979, a spreadsheet was something you did by hand. VisiCalc changed all that and gave personal computers the first “killer app”.
- Disco Brings Unique Features to Mac Disc Burning, 2006.11.03. Still in beta, Disco has a gorgeous interface and brings features Mac users haven’t had before now.
- MacExpo 2006 Lacking in Excitement, 2006.11.01. It’s a sad day when you can see an enitre Mac expo in less than an hour. And Apple didn’t even have the new Core 2 MacBook Pro on display.
- Apple’s Growing Success, 2002-2006, 2006.10.27. By 2002, Apple was on a solid footing. Since then, the iPod has become even more popular, and now Mac market share is on the climb.
- Apple’s Climb Back to Success, 2006.10.13. From a company with a questionable future in 1997, Apple has become a model of success with new computers, a new operating system, and the iPod.
- Beleaguered: Apple Bottoms Out, 1996-98, 2006.09.29. Apple was in a strong position in 1995, but by 1997 the company’s future was in question.
- Apple’s Pippin and Bandai’s @World: Missing the Mark(et), 2006.09.15. Intended as a multimedia player to fit between gaming consoles and full-fledged computers, Apple’s Pippin technology just couldn’t carve a niche between two already saturated markets.
- eWorld: Apple’s Overpriced, Poorly Marketed Online Service, 2006.09.15. Apple’s eWorld was innovative, built communities, and allowed Internet access in 1994, but hardly anyone even knew it existed. And those who did thought it overpriced.
- Andy Hertzfeld, Software Wizard: From Apple to Google, 2006.09.08. Andy Hertzfeld, an innovative software engineer, loved the Apple II, helped create the original Mac OS, and cofounded Radius, General Magic, and Radius. Today he programs for Google.
- Apple III Chaos: What Happened When Apple Tried to Enter the Business Market, 2006.09.01. Apple had known nothing but success with its Apple II product line, but when it tried to enter the business world with the Apple III, the learned the cost of failure.
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