MacHack 2001: Keynote Announced: The Ultimate Macintosh Engineering Reunion    


MacHack: The Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers


Contact: Carol Lynn

c/o Expotech

1264 Bedford Road

Grosse Point Park, MI 48230


February 8, 2001-Dearborn, MI- In 1981 the computer industry was changing. A little company in Cupertino, CA, had already made a greater move toward personalizing computer technology than any other that came before. That company was, of course, Apple Computer, Inc.; the industry leader that grew out of the fabled garage.


Things were poised to change again. Behind closed doors in Cupertino, an engineering team was gathered to revolutionize computing and bring a new level of usability to light.


Rarely has a significant portion of the original Macintosh team come together to reminisce and to look ahead. MacHack is pleased to announce a keynote as much about making history as it is about history, a keynote panel from the halls of Cupertino:


Andy Hertzfeld


Andy was a graduate student at UC Berkeley in January 1978 when he purchased an Apple II personal computer, and it changed his life. He went to work for Apple Computer in August 1979, creating peripherals and system software for the Apple II. He became a member of the original Macintosh team in February 1981 and designed and implemented a large fraction of the original Macintosh system software, including the User Interface Toolbox.


After leaving Apple in March 1984, Andy worked independently, designing the software for several Macintosh products, including ThunderScan, Switcher and the Radius Full Page Display. In May 1990, Andy co-founded General Magic, where he was the lead developer of the innovative Magic Cap platform for personal intelligent communicators. Andy is passionate about writing ground-breaking software that makes computers easy and fun to use and hopes to continue doing so at Eazel.


Guy “Bud” Tribble


Bud is one of the industry's noted experts in object-oriented programming and user-interface design. Prior to joining Eazel, he was VP and chief technology officer for the Sun-Netscape Alliance, responsible for guiding Internet and e-commerce software R&D. He held several VP-level positions at Sun during the past seven years. Bud began his career at Apple Computer, where in 1981, he was manager of the original Macintosh Software team, helping design the MacOS and user interface. In 1985, he helped found NeXT Computer, where he was VP of Software Engineering and a key architect of the NeXtstep operating system, a groundbreaking software environment.


Bud earned a B.A. degree in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.D. and Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the University of Washington.


Caroline Rose


Caroline Rose worked for Apple Computer in two stints totaling nearly 10

years. She edited and wrote most of the first three volumes of Inside

Macintosh, and five years later (after managing the Publications group

at NeXT) she returned to become the editor of develop, Apple's technical

journal for Mac developers. Caroline now enjoys working as a freelance

writer and editor; for more information, see her website <>.



This trio of speakers is empanelled not just as a retrospective on the Macintosh as we knew it, but to look forward and share their visions of the future of computing from Macintosh to MacOS X; from the Toolbox to Eazel’s Nautilus and everything in between.


MacHack 2001 will take place June 21-23, 2001, in Dearborn, Michigan. This unprecedented keynote panel will convene at the traditional 12:01 AM on June 21 to kick off the 72-hour marathon conference. More information is available on the Web from <>.


For attendees, discounted registration is available for early response. Full attendees can register for $425 online, a savings of $100 of the regular registration rate, students can register for $50 which includes all-access to the conference as well as a special meal package. Total attendance is limited to 400. Student attendance is limited to 50. More details are available on the conference website.


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