January 28th, 2004


A Visit From the FBI


[If its good enough for the FBI Computer Crime Squad, its good enough
for you! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000U9H40/c4iorg -WK]

By Scott Granneman
Jan 21 2004

Well, it finally happened. Right before Christmas, I had a little
visit from the FBI. That's right: an agent from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation came to see me. He had some things he wanted to talk
about. He stayed a couple of hours, and then went on his way.
Hopefully he got what he wanted. I know I did.

Collapse )

Bruce Horn interviewed by TidBITS

Bruce Horn, one of the co-founders of Marketocracy (the company I work for), was interviewed by Adam Engst, editor of TidBITS.

The Mac at 20: An Interview with Bruce Horn
by Adam C. Engst <ace@tidbits.com>

Twenty years of Macintosh. At this year's Macworld Expo, Steve
Jobs played a version of the famous "1984" ad that launched the
Mac, and Alan Oppenheimer, who was responsible in large part for
AppleTalk, gave a fabulous talk about the history of networking on
the Mac. What I found most interesting was that although twenty
years have passed, many of the original people from those days are
not only still around, they're still producing great work. The
history of the Macintosh is not only still being written, some
of the same people are still doing the writing.


Let me introduce you to another member of the original Macintosh
team, Bruce Horn, who was responsible for a number of the key
aspects of the Mac and who has continued to write innovative code.
At Apple, Bruce was responsible for the design and implementation
of the Finder (oh, that!), the type/creator metadata mechanism for
files and applications, and the Resource Manager (which handled
reading and writing of the resource fork in files; a note in
Apple's technical documentation at one point exclaimed, "The
Resource Manager is not a database!"). The Dialog Manager and the
multi-type aspect of the clipboard also appeared thanks to Bruce's

So, to commemorate this 20th anniversary of the Macintosh, I
wanted to talk with Bruce about not just what he did at Apple, but
also what he's up to now, since in many ways, his current work is
both a return to his roots and a glimpse at what might be possible
with the Macintosh in the future.

Collapse )