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Public at last: Apple II DOS code that launched an empire

The Computer History Museum has published the source code for the Apple II DOS. Last spring, CNET was first to report the existence of documents that led to the creation of the code.

By November 12, 2013


Walkmac revisited: The inside story of the 'first' portable Mac

A spring cleaning unearths a semi-rare Apple find, the Colby Walkmac, a "modded" portable Macintosh that predates Apple's Macintosh Portable.

By May 30, 2013


The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating system

CNET looks at newly surfaced contracts, design specs, and page after page of schematics and code, revealing how Apple created its first disk OS, a chapter of Silicon Valley history critical to its later success.

By April 3, 2013


Apple in the courtroom: 25 years of defending the crown jewels

After adapting concepts from Xerox PARC to create the Lisa and Macintosh computers, Apple has spent decades trying to protect its user interface software and its hardware designs via litigation.

By August 10, 2012


With Jobs leaving, Apple's fans grapple with their faith

With news of the Apple CEO's departure shocking the tech world, many are wondering whether the company's parade of hit products can last without him or if his design and marketing philosophies are now "baked" in.

By August 24, 2011


Ed Roberts, creator of early PC, dies

Roberts, whose MITS Altair 8800 is often cited as the original personal computer, died Thursday at age 68.

By April 1, 2010


Inside the world's long-lost first microcomputer

Vintage computer historians have long revered the Altair 8800. But an unknown computer project at Sacramento State beat the Altair by three years. CNET got a look at it.

By January 8, 2010


Timothy Leary's archives: Bridge from '60s to '90s

A day with the massive collection of artifacts from the late psychedelic researcher reveals that he went from proponent of LSD to proponent of the PC. And back again.

By February 6, 2009


Are today's Macs related to the Mac Daddy?

After 25 years, is there much remaining of the first Macintoshes in today's much faster, more powerful models?

By January 23, 2009


Recollections of the Mac's creators

Three members of the team that built the original Macintosh look back on days filled with pirate flags, Nerf balls, and Steve Jobs' Zen interviewing techniques.

By January 22, 2009