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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