Bill Atkinson in line to buy his iPhone


- Taken at 9:18 PM on June 28, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

  • 8y

    Phone time: 9:41. Picture taken 9:18. Proof that Apple is ahead of the times.
  • StuFF mc 8y

    As one of those behind the Mac, he deserves it ;) Thanks for the Mac, and now enjoy your iPhone ! PS: If you or somebody who knows you happens to see this message : I'd like to interview you for (we have about 100 000 downloads a month)
  • Pierre Col 8y

    It is a shame Bill Atkinson did not receive an iPhone as a gift from Apple !
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 8y

    That must be your son I met this morning. Seems like a nice kid.
  • Gerard van Schip 8y

    Bill Atkinson!!! Me is not worthy to look at this photo.

    /me bows
  • Sheryl Breuker 8y

    The smile tells it all! Why am I not living in the US? :o)
  • Gerard van Schip 8y

    Sheryl: I can top that, why did I leave Apple?!?!?!?! (got lured away by dotcom money which turned out to be a dotcon :(
  • kosso 8y

    come this ain't on your Zooomr ? ;p
  • Duke Patton 8y

    That guy with his Mac Paint program changed my life. You think that Steve Jobs would hook him up with an iPhone. I mean he did help this little project called "Macintosh" back in the early 80s.
  • Betsy Devine 8y

    Oh, man, the guy behind MacPaint! As Jake also said, he changed my life. I did most of the illustrations for Frank's and my first book in MacPaint--printed them out on my dot-matrix printer, shipped off this "art" to WW Norton, and it's still in print. The earliest version of my science joke book started off as a photocopied pamphlet whose "art" was MacPaint. Simon and Schuster sprang for an actual artist when they published it, tho.

    And don't get me started on all the little dot-matrix black and white "stained-glass-windows" my two kids made for me, some of which I still have.

    Robert, thanks so much for this memory! Hope you and Patrick have lots of fun with your iPhone.
  • Scally DanDan 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called iPhone, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Bruce Hoult 8y

    Not just MacPaint!

    The awesome HyperCard was all his too. Besides being great in its own right in allowing millions of regular people to make useful simple hyperlinked applications for themselves (and it's *still* better than Microsoft's ripoff, VB), it also is what inspired Tim Berners-Lee to make the first web server and browser.

    And not only that! He also wrote the QuickDraw graphics library that was so ultra-optimized in hand-written assembler that it allowed 8 MHz machines (everything from the first Mac 128 through to the Mac Plus and Mac SE and Classic) to run a responsive GUI. The Mac would have been impossible without him, at least at that time.
  • Thomas Winkelmann 3y


  • Frasier has left the building 3y

    Before dithering, we made images on dot matrix printers using the Ascii character set - and that's no April fool! Thank you Bill Atkinson.
  • DinosaursAreNotDead 3y

    Lovely effect with Dither !!! Back to 1980 ! :)))
  • DinosaursAreNotDead 3y

    And the effect is just AWESOOOOOME !
    Paris Montmartre 1980's
  • jacinta lluch valero 3y

    great ...idea...I not did :(((
  • dualdflipflop 3y

    Sad Mac says: "Hi Bill!!!"
    Sad Mac Plus Flickrdither by dualdflipflop
  • iminlovewithjulie 3y

    Re: "It is a shame Bill Atkinson did not receive an iPhone as a gift from Apple !" Actually, he was offered a free phone, but he waited in line anyway, because he didn't want just one phone. I think he bought 4 that day. (Apple had a limit of 2 per customer, but they waived that limit for Bill.)
  • dualdflipflop 3y

    iminlovewithjulie Sounds like a similar situation with Woz.
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