I can’t help noticing that the very newest addition to the everlong Macbook family looks very familiar to me…It took me a few days to figure it out, but, this new model is taking cues from the old Frog Design “Snow White” prototype renderings from back in the early 80’s. I put these 2 models together to illustrate that Apple (finally) seems to be borrowing some cues from this design language a bit–and what a wonderful language it was. Bravo, Apple–there’s nothing wrong with going back to the roots and doing a bit of rebooting at the same time.
Since Skymall is about to go bankrupt and take out a stash of fun memories, here’s a mock 1976 tribute to Apple with their own Skymall catalog cover. Enjoy!
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In this installment of “Ask the Mac Historian,” I cover a long-dead technology called “Cyberdog,” which was a real Apple product. In this case, it was a suite of Internet tools such as e-mail, bookmarks, web browser and a notebook. Apple described it this way in 1997:
“Cyberdog is the code name for a set of OpenDoc components that provides one-click access to Internet services. It provides a consistent interface, and brings Macintosh ease-of-use to the Internet. In Cyberdog, Internet address is an object that can be dropped into mail, your notebook, OpenDoc documents, or into the Finder. If you double-click on an Internet address, it opens the object, whether it’s a web page, a picture (Cyberdog will do any necessary translation or decompression), or a file. And Cyberdog provides you with powerful mail that’s integrated with the other Internet components.”
When you could finally get this software installed and configured, it was a pretty cool precursor to today’s integrated web browsers, or, even organizers such as Microsoft Outlook. The product was built on top of a dying technology called OpenDoc, which eventually all disappeared within the span of about a year. Why did Apple name it “Cyberdog”? From Wikipedia: