[1] From the top: the recognition of Apple employees




[1] From the top: the recognition of Apple employees

This story began last year, when the popular online question and answer Quora.com one of the people turned to Apple and asked how she manages to maintain the confidentiality of information about their new products. Surprisingly, the addition of idle passers-by in the discussion and the staff of the company, who requested anonymity, told a few stories about the peculiarities of his work. Today, we are starting to publish these stories that you have got the idea of ​​the conditions in which are our favorite gadgets. In the first article we give the word wearer under the name Anonymous, whose husband worked as a team, working on translation of Mac computers to Intel processors .

It was in the year 2000. My husband, John Kullman at the time worked at Apple for 13 years. Our son was a year and we wanted to move to the East Coast to live closer to our parents. To do this, my husband had to get permission to work remotely. This means that he has lost the right to work in a team and find yourself some work he could perform on their own.

To move to another place, we had to prepare for it in advance. John previously worked out an action plan to distribute their time between the office of Apple and its home office. My husband sent an email to his boss, who by coincidence was the first tenant of John, when he came to work at Apple in 1987:

Date: Tuesday, 20 June 2000 10:31:04
From: John Kullman
To: Joe Falcon
Subject: intel

I would like to discuss the possibility that I was included in the team, responsible for Intel-version of Mac OS X.

Will I have a simple engineer, project manager, technical manager, or anyone else – does not matter.

Over the last week I worked on the Intel platform and found it very interesting and enjoyable experience. If Intel-version may have a lot to us, I would be happy to discuss the possibility of full employment.


It took eighteen months, and only in December 2001, John receives a response from Joe:

“I need an excuse for entering your salary in the budget. Show me what you’re doing ”

At the time, Joe had six PC: three in the office of Apple and three houses. All these computers are built to order to work on Mac OS. When John came to the office of Apple, Joe was stunned when I saw on the monitor PC with a processor Intel will show “Welcome to Macintosh». Joe paused for a moment, then said:

“I’ll be back soon”

A few minutes later Joe is back with his head Bertrand Serlet. We are a year-old son Max at the time were present in the office, because I had to pick up John’s work. Bertrand entered the room, saw the Mac OS X is loaded on the PC, and asked:

“How much time will it take to run it on the Sony Vaio?»

“A little,” said John.

“Two weeks? Three? “Said Bertrand.

“I think a couple of hours. Three high ”

After that, Bertrand asked John to go to the nearest store and buy the most expensive laptop Vaio, which there is available. We visited the shop and less than an hour later returned to Apple. On the same day, by 19:30 John managed to run to the Vaio Mac OS X. The next morning, Steve Jobs got on a plane and flew to Japan to meet with the president of Sony.

In January 2002, the project joined by two engineers, and in August he was engaged for more than ten people. Nevertheless, for 18 months, only six people were aware that the project exists.

And now the fun. After a trip to Japan, Steve Bertrand called John to talk and told him that this project does not have to know anybody. That is, no one at all. Moreover, as soon as his home office must be processed in such a way as to fully comply with the safety standards of Apple.

John frankly admitted that this project was known to me. In fact, I not only knew about it, but was even the one who came up with his code name – Marklar. Bertrand told John that I had to forget everything I know, and that he should no longer talk about a new product for as long as it will not be presented publicly. I wonder how I should forget about it? Take advantage of technology erase the memory as in the movie “Total Recall”?

I have lost count at the number of reasons why Apple decided to go to the processors Intel, but one thing I know for sure. No one has ever said that within 18 months of the project Marklar existed only because Apple engineer wanted his son Max lived closer to the grandparents.

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