The http:/www.whatever.com protocol which powers the Web owes its existence toApple’s HyperCard software project, which allowed people to link information with oneclick of the mouse.Tim Berners Lee used HyperCard and another invention of Steve Jobs’, the NeXTcomputer, to create the world’s first http server. I had the great honour of working on theHyperCard project, as both a Product Lead and its only Stack Engineer.Because it was “the Internet” before there was an Internet, a large half page newspaper article showcased it and my work in the San Jose Mercury News in 1988.When I first met Steve Jobs, I was assigned to security for him and the Macintoshproject. I was present when the Mac was launched, and I knew immediately that I wouldleave the field of security and my planned career in law enforcement and switch over toComputing and Information Technology.Steve Jobs proudly told everyone at Apple that we were part of a special team which“worked to make a dent in the universe!”I last saw Jobs in 2002 in San Francisco at MacWorld when the iMac G4 “Flower Mac”was released. After telling me he wanted to look around Apple’s showcase booth for afew minutes, he posed for pictures. I took some and he was as gracious as ever. He willbe deeply, sorely missed.1.0v1Oct 6, 2011
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