I read through a programming book for the Macintosh circa 1995. Quite eye opening as someone who moved to Mac's with OS X.

Fun treats: effectively having to manage memory fragmentation yourself, fixed memory footprint at build time, assumption that dynamically allocated memory will be minimal. Checking a point is NULL described as a "trick"...

It's fun, but scary. In retrospect it's amazing how well loved that system was when the foundation of the software was so shaky.

@KevinMarks hah - that is well observed. My transition from optimistic to cynic happened in a very short space (thanks to the guidance of some wonderful colleagues). And I guess that’s my concern, as humans were naturally optimistic until we’ve been burned and then it’s too late. I guess how do you mix those two kinds of people to push cynicism earlier in the idea evolution cycle.

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