glyph 218: mathematics, software, programming . Ron Avitsur, Greg Robbins ... Apple Computer . skunkworks ... innovation, creativity ... building great things of any kind at any place and time ... work, for money not always


The Graphing Calculator Story

how and why great things happen

This is an amazing story. It's about the development of computer software, but at anytime during the evolution of civilization there are similar stories of passion and devotion
poured into different kinds of work. Read Andrew Carnegie's biography of James Watt. -leif smith

Quoting Ron, from the above story:

"I view the events as an experiment in subverting power structures. I had none of the traditional power over others that is inherent to the structure of corporations and bureaucracies. I had neither budget nor headcount. I answered to no one, and no one had to do anything I asked. Dozens of people collaborated spontaneously, motivated by loyalty, friendship, or the love of craftsmanship. We were hackers, creating something for the sheer joy of making it work."

"They Hacked Real Good, for Free: A reminder that what drives our most original work is not always the mighty buck," Newsweek article by Steven Levy, January 10, 2005

James Watt, by Andrew Carnegie, New York, 1905
entered before July 9, 2006

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