I found this article from STart (a magazine about the Atari ST) on the development of (duh) the Atari ST. Most of what’s in it is true. You won’t find the pictures of people scary, but I certainly do.
I’m not in the group photo (I was probably inside the building, working 🙂 ).
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When I joined Apple in 1987, it was just before System 6 was shipped. Someone had put a sign up in the OS group’s area saying
Time to boot tripled!
Sure enough, it was. Macs took a long time (maybe a minute? 45 seconds?) to get to the desktop. Horrors! (The ST took about three seconds, half of which was waiting for the floppy drive to seek to track zero).