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A Story of Passion and Programming

Last updated on 2014-09-07

Yesterday I stumbled upon “The Graphing Calculator Story” (also in video). It is not a new story – at least goes back to 2006, but it is really impressive. It tells how two guys created a program inside Apple, after being fired from the company. The kept on coming to the building for a long time continued working, and… well, why am I telling you? read the story. It is fascinating. I loved this phrase: “It is a cliche in our business that the first 90 percent of the work is easy, the second 90 percent wears you down, and the last 90 percent – the attention to detail – makes a good product.”. I’ll definitely add it to my list of quotes.

It is also a great example of how social engineering works (in connection to my previous post on how humans are still the weakest link in computer security). These guys just came to work as if they belonged there, and nobody bothered them. As time passed people event started helping them! That seems to be human nature, so what can we do.

Have a nice read, and thanks to Barry Ritholtz of “The Big Picture” blog for the link.

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