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Welcome to Macintosh

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Dec 3, 2017

The story of a precious young Apple collector.

Nov 18, 2017

Where did Siri's voice come from — and where is it going?

Oct 28, 2017

The drama, the inspirations, and the hijinks that went into the creation of sounds you hear nearly every day.

Oct 15, 2017

If you have a music library on your computer, you probably use iTunes. It might not be by choice – there’s not much out there. But before iTunes, there was another app. An app that was beloved by many. An app that was quirky and strange and delightful. An app called Audion.

Today: a story about one of the Mac’s first big music players, and what it means to break with the mold of Silicon Valley and forge your own distinct, creative identity.

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Oct 2, 2017

Emoji put a once obscure group of nerds, known as the Unicode Consortium, into the spotlight. How have these cute little pictures challenged and changed this stodgy organization?

 

You can learn more about making your own emoji with Jenny's project, Emojination. And you can adopt an emoji of your very own through Unicode's Adopt-a-Character program.

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Music in this episode is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder and Mark Bramhill. Theme music is by Terique Greenfield. Editing by Rob McGinley Myers and Suzanne Smith. Special thanks to Avery Trufelman and This Wachter.

Sep 16, 2017

Illustration by Rachel Maves.

This is part 3️⃣ in a mini-series on emoji. If you haven't already heard parts 1️⃣ and 2️⃣, go listen to that first.

How emoji are designed and the decisions behind them. And, what happens when they reach the real world?

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Members can hear exclusive deleted scenes from this episode about another person smitten by the idea of proposing an emoji, and Unicode's love of completion. If you're not already a member, sign up here.

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Music in this episode is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder and Mark Bramhill. Theme music is by Terique Greenfield. Editing by Rob McGinley Myers

Sep 2, 2017

Illustration by Rachel Maves.

This is part 2️⃣ in a mini-series on emoji. If you haven't already heard part 1️⃣, go listen to that first.

In part one, we learned the process of creating an emoji. But why would someone want to make an emoji in the first place? (Besides making a podcast mini-series about it, of course.) For some people, the emoji they want is more than an ornament for their tweets and Instagram posts. It's their identity. 

And, for people proposing a new emoji, who are the gatekeepers that they have to face?

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Aug 18, 2017

 

Since they arrived on our keyboards five years ago, emoji have changed how we communicate. Our texts are all dotted with 😊 and 😂 and ❤️, maybe even some 🍆. But, where do they come from? How are new emoji created? 

In this mini-series on emoji, I answer that question. I go on a quest to create an emoji of my own, and chronicle every step of the way. In part 1️⃣: the proposal.

 

You can read my full proposal for "Person Meditating" on the Unicode website.

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Music in this episode is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder and Mark Bramhill. Theme music is by Terique Greenfield. Editing by Rob McGinley Myers

Jul 29, 2017

Season 3 of Welcome to Macintosh starts on August 18th, with new episodes coming out every other Friday. Take a listen to hear what's in store this season.

Nov 17, 2016

Scenes from the first Emojicon — a conference all about emoji.

Nov 2, 2016

Apple's critics regularly complain about making its products too locked down, about how you have to go through the App Store to get software. But Apple's 'walled garden' looks positively open compared to Red Star OS, the leaked operating system of North Korea.

 

Welcome to Macintosh is produced by Mark Bramhill. Thanks to Kolin Pope and Josh Swartz for help editing today's episode. Music is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.

Oct 26, 2016

Apple recently released macOS Sierra, the latest version of the Mac operating system. It had new features in it, but one of the most notable changes was something it left out — the X, the Roman numeral 10, from the name. It's a small, unimportant change, but it's kind of the end of an era. I talked to Apple history buff Stephen Hackett to reflect on the name's past.

You can check out Stephen's blog post about the lingering Xs in macOS Sierra. Also, you can watch videos of people who are really upset about people calling it Mac OS Ex.

Welcome to Macintosh is produced by Mark Bramhill. Thanks to Kolin Pope and Josh Swartz for help editing today's episode. Music is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.

Oct 19, 2016

This summer, Apple opened their first retail store in Brooklyn, up in Williamsburg. It was near my apartment, so with recording gear in tow, I went to investigate. It was my first Apple Store opening, but I got to talk to some seasoned Apple Store opening veterans.

Nov 12, 2015

The story of how a YouTube video made Steve Jobs dance.

Sep 30, 2015

For the past couple of years, Alex Kapelman has been plagued by an iPhone notification sound that constantly reminds him of one of his favorite songs. He goes on a journey to find out why — and learns that he's not alone.

Sep 24, 2015

Reflection on how John Siracusa started writing reviews of Mac OS X for Ars Technica.

 

A reflection on how John Siracusa began writing reviews of Mac OS X for Ars Technica.

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Music for Welcome to Macintosh is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.

Aug 5, 2015

"Downloading" programs in the '80s.

 

 

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Jul 21, 2015

Letting a button be a button.

 

 

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Jul 7, 2015

The Power Macintosh 7100 and the BHA.

 

 

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Jun 23, 2015

The Apple rumor mill.

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May 2, 2015

The history of Macworld magazine, from it's heyday to shutting down the presses.

 

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Apr 2, 2015

An Apple ][, a synthesizer, and dolphins.

 

Charlie Kellner playing the alphaSyntauri at Steve Wozniak's wedding.

 

 

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Mar 17, 2015

Apps before the App Store

 


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