The Day Safari Was Born

Steve Jobs

We’ve covered many of Don Melton’s posts about the birth of Safari (I’m really tempted to switch back from Chrome…just because), from how it got its name to how engineers hid it in plain sight during its development. Today Don talks about the day Steve Jobs took the wraps off Apple’s own browser.

For those of you who are interested in the history of Safari, you should go read the post. For those of you who have ever done very public, live-on-the-Internet demo, you should read it too (cause man if you’ve never done that kind of presentation…yeah it’s wild I’ll tell you). But that’s not what I want to highlight in the post. I thought this part was more vivid for me than anything else:

Most of the time during those rehearsals, Ken and I had nothing to do except sit in the then empty audience and watch The Master Presenter at work — crafting his keynote. What a privilege to be a spectator during that process. At Apple, we were actually all students, not just spectators. When I see other companies clumsily announce products these days, I realize again how much the rest of the world lost now that Steve is gone. From Don Melton.

Imagine, you’re on the Safari dev team. You’ve made the best product you could. Of course you’re scared that it’s going to implode on Steve (it did, but it wasn’t their fault, network issues), but also you’re watching Steve Jobs practice doing something that he might be the best person in the world at doing—giving an amazing demo.

I know that from watching Steve Jobs (and many other tech folks), I’ve developed my own presenting and teaching style that tries to take the best of what they do…and still be me.


Imagine watching Steve Jobs practicing and polishing his talk. Just imagine.

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Categories: Mac, OS X, Steve Jobs

  • FrankT

    WTF?! I know the quality of articles on this site has been going downhill recently but this is in another league! This article, if you can call it that, doesn’t report on anything or mention anything of even menial interest. Essentially, this is a whole page of text just to say ‘Steve Jobs was amazing’.

    • Tris Hussey

      The point, Frank, was that instead of going into all that Don said, it was to pull something out that I think people can relate to as different take. Place yourself in their shoes and think about it.

      • FrankT

        In that situation you would feel proud of your achievements I’m sure, but that’s not the point. What I don’t understand is how you can possibly believe this justifies an article. It’s pretty self explanatory that a designer at apple is, at some point, going to have their work presented. This, therefore, does not constitute news. I would also suggest that it’s the readers own decision whether or not this is their dream situation not yours. I understand that decent iPhone news is a little thin on the ground right now but in all honesty clutching at straws with articles like this might make iPhoneHacks look current but in actuality shows there’s often little substance to be had.

  • laurnzo

    Sorry to disappoint but safari is the worse browser i have ever used. I need had that many problem back in the day when i was using IE. It has actually gotten worse for me even after the fresh installation of lion. Chrome and Firefox running on the same exact machine and it runs with no flaws. Scrolling on safari has been a nightmare. before you say anything about my Mac, its a 2012 macbook pro with 2.7 i7 and an 8gb memory.