inessential by Brent Simmons

“I decided to uncancel my small part of the project”

The Graphic Calculator Story is a part of the culture of people who write software for Apple products.

Required reading.

We were saved by the layoffs that began that month. Twenty percent of Apple’s fifteen thousand workers lost their jobs, but Greg and I were safe because we weren’t on the books in the first place and didn’t officially exist. Afterwards, there were plenty of empty offices.

(Greg Robbins, by the way, now works for Google just outside Seattle. And he’s on the advisory board for the University of Washington’s Certificate in iOS and Mac Application Development course, which you can apply for now.)