Weekly Roundup: Memories of Safari

by Aaron Brethorst | April 13, 2014

Once upon a time, Apple was no longer a "beleagured" computer maker, but also was not yet the world's most valuable maker of computers and consumer electronics. Mac OS X was downright lickable, and you'd use Internet Explorer 5 for Mac to browse the web from your toilet seat-looking iBook (mine ran at an acceptable 300MHz) while listening to MP3s downloaded from the recently defunct Napster. Maybe you'd burn some of them to CD to listen to on your Discman. Mac OS X's developer documentation was so spotty that seemingly every page of it had a link on it that read "for more information, visit the Omni Group website."

When Safari was announced at MacWorld Expo 2003, I was visiting my sister in Geneva, and had long-since traded in my Discman for a 5GB iPod that astonishingly put "1000 songs in [my] pocket." It was pretty obvious that the iPod was not "lame" as someone once infamously remarked, but was in fact the best way to listen to music. I downloaded the Safari public beta and was absolutely blown away by how ridiculously fast it was. Apple was not yet king of the hill, but it was pretty obvious that they were in ascendancy (although to where, exactly, wasn't clear for another several years).

Don Melton, once the head of Safari at Apple, published a wonderful article on his blog this past week about his experiences with Steve Jobs, and includes a number of anecdotes starting from 2001. It's a relatively lengthy read, but I think you'll find it to be well worth your time.

Until next time,
Aaron


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