[NTLK] [OT] iPod was from DEC, Palo Alto

From: John <OceanCity_at_mac.com>
Date: Sat Dec 30 2006 - 09:43:23 EST

OT, but of interest, speaking of development of things.

In reading the new "The Perfect Thing" by Steven Levy* about how the
iPod came to being, I was enlightened to learn that Apple did NOT
"invent" the so-called at the time the"Personal Juke Box". No wonder
the "Personal Juke Box" had to be recast with a new name, at the very least.

It was DEC (Digital Equipment Company) and the Palo Alto group which
supposedly masterminded the vision. DEC was then acquired by Compaq and
Compaq failed to get it. Then Compaq was acquired by Hewlett Packard
and HP still never got it ramped up or even tried much.

Finally, Steve put together all the tiny pieces in secret and the iPod
was named and got launched. The rest is history.

The iPod project had to be so secret it was named the P-68 for project
68. Another project was code-named "Sagan" as in Carl. Carl
supposedly threatened or actually sued Apple for using his name! As a
backhanded coy rename of the Sagan project as "BHA" it's rumored that
BHA stood for Butt-Head Astronomer, LOL. No disrespect intended.

Good reading, John

....which is:
....for the book.

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