Do You Remember

So, I blogged about life in Mac BU, and Scoble picked up on it. It’s always interesting when this happens, because some of the comments from Scoble’s readers can be a bit amusing. For example, Robert noted Microsoft’s early investment in the Macintosh platform, and one of his readers questioned when that investment ever happened. I don’t know. Maybe he thinks that creating software doesn’t cost anything.

Anyway, it got me thinking about that original software investment and how it all started, and I thought, “Hm… I wonder if anyone remembers the Software Dating Game.” For those who don’t know or don’t remember, the first Apple sales meeting for the Macintosh featured a spoof on the old Dating Game with Steve Jobs asking questions on behalf of the new lady, Macintosh, of three potential suitors in the form of executives of different software companies. The problem is, I could only remember Bill Gates and Mitch Kapor as two of the suitors, but I couldn’t remember the third (or even the company he represented). So, I did a little googling, and ran into this—gads, do they look young! Ah, yes. Fred Gibbons. Software Publishing Corp. Harvard Graphics. How could I forget?

By the way, the ToastDesign site has quite a few items to facilitate a nice little trip down memory lane. I like this one. Check out the two pictures on the top of the right-most column. Remember the “Portable” Mac? I think about that, and then think about the 15” PowerBook G4 that’s sitting on my lap as I type this, and I can’t help but marvel at the operation of Moore’s Law.

Of course, some of the memories are not so pleasant: remote debugging using a PC connected to the Mac via SCSI interface (shudder). But, it’s still good to remember how far you’ve come even if there were a few folks who didn’t quite figure out how to come along for the ride.