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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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A Behind the Scenes Look at a Steve Jobs Keynote




Former Apple employee Don Melton has been sharing a unique look behind the scenes of the Safari development team. Melton was the team leader on both the Safari and WebKit products that are now used by millions of users on iOS, the Mac, and Windows.

Previously, Melton explained how the Safari name came about, and the tale of Safari's User Agent string and the strategies his team used to keep the project under wraps.

Today, he shared details of the launch of Safari some ten years ago at the Macworld Expo in 2003. One of the more revealing sections of the piece looks behind the scenes at Steve Jobs' rehearsals for his presentation and some of the things that could have gone wrong.

Of course, thanks to Jobs' impeccable preparation, the Safari presentation -- and everything else that was revealed that day -- went off without a hitch.
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Until I watched that video I found and posted of the Macworld keynote, I had completely forgotten what else was announced that day. Which is pretty sad considering I saw Steve rehearse the whole thing at least four times.

But you have to realize I was totally focused on Safari. And Scott Forstall, my boss, wanted me at those rehearsals in case something went wrong with it.

There's nothing that can fill your underwear faster than seeing your product fail during a Steve Jobs demo.

One of my concerns at the time was network reliability. So, I brought Ken Kocienda, the first Safari engineer, with me to troubleshoot since he wrote so much of our networking code. If necessary, Ken could also diagnose and duct tape any other part of Safari too. He coined one of our team aphorisms, "If it doesn't fit, you're not shoving hard enough."

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Most of the time during those rehearsals, Ken and I had nothing to do except sit in the then empty audience and watch The Master Presenter at work -- crafting his keynote. What a privilege to be a spectator during that process. At Apple, we were actually all students, not just spectators. When I see other companies clumsily announce products these days, I realize again how much the rest of the world lost now that Steve is gone.
The full article is worth a read for anyone who wants a peek behind the Apple curtain.

Article Link: A Behind the Scenes Look at a Steve Jobs Keynote
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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This would have been a great episode of punk'd (sarcasm)
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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Miss you Steve......
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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10 years ago! Wow. Birth of Safari!
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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He coined one of our team aphorisms, ďIf it doesnít fit, youíre not shoving hard enough.Ē
Love it! One of my own maxims.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.

I'm not joking when I say -- are you even sure it's Don Melton making these comments, or are you being trolled? Literally anyone could have written these 3 stories, there are absolutely no details in any of them

I've read MacRumors for years now and these are probably the lamest stories I have ever seen run
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 12:28 PM   #7
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.

I'm not joking when I say -- are you even sure it's Don Melton making these comments, or are you being trolled? Literally anyone could have written these 3 stories, there are absolutely no details in any of them

I've read MacRumors for years now and these are probably the lamest stories I have ever seen run
Cool story bro.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 03:07 PM   #8
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Cool story bro.
Cool, I remember when people used to say that like 2 years ago
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.

I'm not joking when I say -- are you even sure it's Don Melton making these comments, or are you being trolled? Literally anyone could have written these 3 stories, there are absolutely no details in any of them

I've read MacRumors for years now and these are probably the lamest stories I have ever seen run
Yeah, I was actually hoping to get to read about those keynote rehearsals.
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.

I'm not joking when I say -- are you even sure it's Don Melton making these comments, or are you being trolled? Literally anyone could have written these 3 stories, there are absolutely no details in any of them

I've read MacRumors for years now and these are probably the lamest stories I have ever seen run
Woah, who spit in your coffee? I thought the article was interesting. Also it's a good look into how things happened.

But I guess if it isn't exactly what iRCL likes, no one should.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.
That is because is not the angle of the history. The angle is about safari, not about steve jobs presentations, that part is there as anecdote and look like is for show the anxiety of demo a very unlikely piece of software (KHTML), and that Apple is betting on it, instead of go to the most "safe" route.

As a developer myself, I can relate to the fear of showcase a product for first time, one that is very visible, on top of something technically good but non-battle-tested.

And can relate to with not pay much attention to anything else. What matter what was Steve doing, exactly, except that the software WORK!!!
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 05:00 PM   #12
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.

I'm not joking when I say -- are you even sure it's Don Melton making these comments, or are you being trolled? Literally anyone could have written these 3 stories, there are absolutely no details in any of them

I've read MacRumors for years now and these are probably the lamest stories I have ever seen run
I found the story interesting and entertaining to read. I love these ex-apple employee stories working on Apple projects and around Steve JObs like a fly on the wall.

I'd like more stories like these.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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This reminds me of the old joke:

Knock knock

Who's there?

A new web browser

A new web browser whoÖ ?

A new web browser based on KHTML!

Oh, well Ok, I was expecting it to be Gecko, that's all. I admit it, you really fooled me you crafty sneaky joker.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 11:24 PM   #14
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.
For completeness sake, here's the summary of the 2 other articles.
Article 1: Safari Developer Doesn't Remember Where the Name 'Safari' Came From.
Article 2: Safari Developer Used a Fake User Agent String Before Safari's Official Release
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Article is nothing more than a boring humble brag.
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I was excited about reading this article, until I realized it was another Don Melton story with zero content in it.

SUMMARY: I SAT IN AN EMPTY AUDITORIUM 4 TIMES WATCHING STEVE JOBS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC COMMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON OR WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WERE THERE.

I'm not joking when I say -- are you even sure it's Don Melton making these comments, or are you being trolled? Literally anyone could have written these 3 stories, there are absolutely no details in any of them

I've read MacRumors for years now and these are probably the lamest stories I have ever seen run
Some people can actually deduce information with what is said in these anecdotes, and obviously there are those who can not. *shrug*

I guess it helps I work in a corporate/structured software development environment and am not an indie one-man-shop. The "insider's perspective" resonates with me just fine.

And btw I was sitting in the audience when Steve announced Mac OS X for the first time a few years before Safari was announced. I have no clue who else went on stage or what other products may have been announced that morning, either. Because, Mac OS X.

Although I do remember standing in line for food or something with a few guys from VersionTracker.com - remember that website?
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10 years ago! Wow. Birth of Safari!
Death of Internet Explorer for Mac *shudder*
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Death of Internet Explorer for Mac *shudder*
Thanks Goodness. Hated IE for Mac.
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Thanks Goodness. Hated IE for Mac.
Although when I used it when I was little it didnít actually seem that bad. It is of course beyond monsterous now, but maybe thatís just because the internet has advanced so much since then
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Although when I used it when I was little it didnít actually seem that bad. It is of course beyond monsterous now, but maybe thatís just because the internet has advanced so much since then
True that, I preferred using Netscape at the time though. I felt IE was too "foreign" on Mac OS 7 and 8.
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Although when I used it when I was little it didnít actually seem that bad. It is of course beyond monsterous now, but maybe thatís just because the internet has advanced so much since then
What is beyond monstrous? The current form of IE is quit capable. I would say safari (which was also terrible for a while up until the last year or so) go toe to toe. The difference is that IE was never good, up until recently.
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When I see other companies clumsily announce products these days, I realize again how much the rest of the world lost now that Steve is gone.
I totally agree. The RDF was rehersed not fictional. Not a Safari user.
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Wow

Thanks for the share but what a bore! I usually find these things to be interesting.. not so much this time!
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