Some Copland Documentation 

Copland was Apple’s failed attempt to modernize the classic Mac OS in the mid 1990s. While parts of it would end up in Mac OS 8, the dream of a modern Mac operating system wouldn’t be realized until after Apple bought NeXT.1

Copland is a really interesting (and sad) chapter in the Mac’s history. Here are some documents I’ve collected over the years about it:

“Mac OS 8 Build D11E4” was a preview build of Copland. It ran on very select hardware, and had to be connected via a serial cable to a Power Mac running a special Debugger program:

Good times.

  1. Something you can read all about in my book. 

Inside ‘A Personal Guide to Personal Computers’ 

Designed by Apple in California is far from the only book Apple has published in the last 40 years.

Today, I wanted to share some select pages from A Personal Guide to Personal Computers, a sales book put out by the company in 1982.

The book works to make the personal computer more approachable, while building a case for purchasing an Apple system. I’ve scanned the first chapter as a PDF you can download here.


Table of Contents


Apple Systems

There’a a video on YouTube looking at what went into the book:

Macintosh Portable: Used in Space Shuttle »

This is the best kbase article of all time:

I would like more information about the Macintosh Portable used in the space shuttle by the NASA some years ago.

We believe you are referring to shuttle launch STS-43. The primary mission of STS-43 was to deploy a fourth TDRS satellite (Tracking and Data Relay Satellite). The shuttle was launched at 11:02 AM EST on Friday August 2, 1991, and landed at about 8:30 AM EST on Sunday August 11, 1991.

The shuttle carried a Macintosh Portable (nonbacklite) system on board. It was used for four primary purposes.

The Macintosh Portable was used to test using cursor control devices in low-gravity situations, send the first email from space, record medical information and help track the shuttle’s position in orbit.

There’s even a video of the machine ejecting a disk, sending it flying across a room aboard the shuttle.

Here’s a little more about the “WristMac” that is mentioned in the article.

Amazing stuff.

Thanks, Brendan.

Godspeed, John Glenn »

John Wilford at The New York Times:

John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

Glenn had one hell of a resume:

America lost a hero today.

Mac OS X Installation Documentation 

I was recently digging around a bunch of old Mac OS X installers, and thought it would be fun to share Apple’s installation documentation for a bunch of releases.

All of these links are to PDFs. Right-click to download. The entire group can be downloaded as a .zip here.


Developer Previews and Beta

Mac OS X Releases

OS X Lion was the first version of Mac OS X purchased and downloaded via the Mac App Store. It and all later versions do not include this type of documentation.