Mac Folklore Radio FAQ
- Your website address is too confusing!
- Is there a section of the FAQ where you thank people?
- Are you the same Derek Warren that wrote a crazed keyboard review a while ago?
- Do you really respond to listener mail?
- You're ripping off Andy Hertzfeld's book! I'm telling!
- Is this a word-for-word reading of the original text?
- When is Story XYZ being released?
- Where can I download the whole book?
- Are you making any money from this?
- Who's paying for your bandwidth?
- I love your voice! Can I hire you to do some narration or voiceover work?
- I hate the way you read.
- What are you going to do after you finish recording the book?
- Where can I get more Mac history tidbits?
Your website address is too confusing!
Yes, sorry about that! You can now find the show at www.macfolkloreradio.com, thanks to a generous donation. Unfortunately, I had no money to spare so buying a domain didn't work out at first.
Is there a section of the FAQ where you thank people?
Why, yes there is. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me, but most of all...
- You, for stopping by and reading
- The 2,500-odd people who have subscribed
- Lynn Communications Group for suggesting I do some PR
- Jen of Jasia Media, for stringing me along and being a good friend
- Tibi, for the surprise donation of the domain name macfolkloreradio.com
- Cheryl, for the donation of a Macintosh Classic for the intro music
- Andy Hertzfeld, for obvious reasons...
- the Creative Commons effort
Are you the same Derek Warren that wrote a crazed keyboard review a while ago?
The very same. I have a few more input device reviews in the works.
Do you really respond to listener mail?
Every last message, if you leave a valid address in the comments or write me directly. I love getting feedback from people.
You're ripping off Andy Hertzfeld's book! I'm telling!
The project is based on the text at folklore.org, which is under the Creative Commons license. If you don't know much about the Creative Commons license, I'd encourage you to watch these entertaining clips that explain everything you need to know. If the Creative Commons licenses haven't touched your life or your work, they will soon. On top of that, I did contact Andy about whether or not he liked the idea before I started despite the generous license, and I'm not making a cent from this.
Is this a word-for-word reading of the original text?
Almost. If I catch typos, grammatical errors, or really awkward passages, I'll improvise a bit. I try to change as little as possible while not getting tongue-tied or abusing listeners. There are some stories that I've left out altogether because they were rather redundant (Nybbles), while others aren't really suitable for audio to begin with (Busy Being Born).
When is Story XYZ being released?
I don't know. I follow the order of the stories fairly closely, and there's a story released around every week or so.
Where can I download the whole book?
I wanted to get the project rolling as quickly as possible, so I recorded half a dozen stories and launched the site. Things are being recorded story by story by just me, and it takes anywhere from two to ten hours to rehearse, record and edit each story. At the rate I'm going, I should finish the book by the end of 2006 or early 2007. Eventually there will be larger book "chapters" available for download.
Are you making any money from this?
Not a cent.
[Update, September 2008]... although we welcome donations to the Parkinson Society of British Columbia.
Who's paying for your bandwidth?
Some friends and I run our own Internet services, so we're very lucky. MFR pushed 25GB the day the press release went out.
I love your voice! Can I get you to do some narration or voiceover work?
Absolutely, depending on how much time we're talking about. Please contact me via e-mail (email@example.com) and we'll talk. I'm looking for networking and fun demo opportunities rather than money for the foreseeable future.
I hate the way you read.
Hey, that's not a question! (Sorry I made you stick around and listen...) Feedback and constructive criticism are always welcome. I want you to enjoy this too.
What are you going to do after you finish recording the book?
I welcome your ideas, hopefully along with written assent that I have the right to actually record it under the CC license. There are lots of other Mac tales being retold around Usenet, the web and Mac old-timers, so I'm willing to record anything that's worth retelling if you'd like to submit something. One thing I've considered reading include the tale of the Brazilian Unitron Mac512 clone, but that's all I've got so far. Oh, and the Brief History of ClarisWorks!
Where can I get more Mac history tidbits?
The DigiBarn Computer Museum
Bruce Damer's DigiBarn is bursting at the seams with stories as well as interviews, hardware and software collections.
A weekly podcast hosted by the relaxing voices of James and John. Show features include interviews, the Retro Mac of the Week, fresh news from the perspective of longtime Mac fanatics, and interesting vintage Apple-related auctions.
Macworld Boston 2004 original team reunion
Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Jerry Manock and Jef Raskin. Hosted by David Pogue. Not to be missed!
- NerdTV interview with Andy Hertzfeld (look for show #1)
Making the Mac Archive at Stanford University
Jef Raskin's papers are a great readmy favourite is Computers By the Millions.
There are lots of very tasty Computer Chronicles episodes at archive.org. I've filtered through and picked out the reasonably good to must-see episodes. As with a lot of things in life, the earlier you go back, the more interesting things get.
The Macintosh (1985)
An early episode featuring Telos' FileVision, and original Mac marketing manager Joanna Hoffman.
Computer Networks (1985)
3Com's file server talking to a Mac with an Ethernet interface. Imagine that!
Hard Disks (1985)
A brief segment on the internal HyperDrive for the original Macs, courtesy of General Computing (aka GCC Technologies).
Desktop Publishing (1986)
ReadySetGo, the Radius Full Page Display, PageMaker
- HyperCard (1987)
The New Macs (1987)
Two salesman-y guys from Apple touting the Mac SE and Macintosh II.
Laser Printers (1987)
Jim Gable (who later became product marketing manager for MacOS) and the LaserWriter, and John Warnock on PostScript.
MacLink; AppleShare on a Mac II and AppleShare PC.
MacWorld Expo Boston, 1988
Accelerator cards for the Mac II, the Mac286 PC-on-a-card from AST Research, Jasmine's 24-bit graphics cards, John Warnock talking briefly about Illustrator '88 and other goodies.
Business Graphics for the Mac (1988)
Microsoft Excel 2.0, Cricket Presents, MacDraw II and Adobe Illustrator
Christmas Buyer's Guide, 1988
Quick looks at HyperCard stacks, Shufflepuck Cafe, the MacRecorder and other goodies.
MacWorld Expo San Francisco, 1989
Thunderware's Lightning Scan, Ricoh's 45MB removable cartridge drive, more musings from John Warnock on PostScript and DTP, and Silicon Beach Software's Charlie Jackson talking about SuperCard.
Apple's A/UX running on a Mac IIcx.
Computers on Campus (1991)
A quick documentary on both Clarkson and Drexel University's decision to require each student to have a computer. On one campus, a Zenith PC AT clone is standard, and on the other, the Mac.
Network Security (1991)
Cliff Stoll with his Mac Plus, FileGuard, the Maccess Card system and Farallon's Liason 3.
Computer Art (1992)
Fractal Design Painter, ...
- MacWorld Expo San Francisco, 1994
- PowerPC and the PowerMac (1994)
- MacWorld Expo Boston, 1994
The New Macs (1993)
Mac Classic, the Macintosh LC III, the PowerBook Duo 230, the Centris 650, and the Quadra 800, and some rambling from David Coursey.
- Mac Clones (1995)
Losing Memory (1995)
RAM Doubler and, briefly, the Connectix QuickCam.
- MacWorld Expo Boston, 1996
Mac Update (1998)
MacOS 8.1, MacAddict Magazine, the iMac, Steve Jobs at Macworld and former Apple technology manager Ellen Hancock.