The Case of the Top Secret iPod

David Shayer, who was an iPod Software Engineer – the 2nd one they hired for the iPod project when it started in 2001 – back in the day:

It was a gray day in late 2005. I was sitting at my desk, writing code for the next year’s iPod. Without knocking, the director of iPod Software — my boss’s boss — abruptly entered and closed the door behind him. He cut to the chase. “I have a special assignment for you. Your boss doesn’t know about it. You’ll help two engineers from the US Department of Energy build a special iPod. Report only to me.”

You can of course already guess the two engineers didn’t work for the US Department of Energy itself, but worked for a US Defense Contractor …

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Via Kottke

Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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