Heart of the Apple Lisa
Heart of the Apple Lisa
Lyrics copyright 1995 by Jordin Kare
In the land of high-tech ventures, by the waters of Frisco Bay --
And they build some fine computers, if you skip the Apple III, 
Then from Xerox came the Alto, never marketed nor sold, 
Nearly lost in Big Blue's shadow, incompatible with DOS,
The Chief said to the Hackers, in his anger and his pain,
Well, they climbed on board that Scuzzy bus, with Postscript in their hearts.
Three Windows versions later, past the Pentium divide, [7,8]
Windows Scrolling In the Valley said "My heart is sick and sad.
They were moved to Intel platforms. Michelangelo ran rife. 
But sometimes, without warning, in some dull commercial app
 Hewlett Packard (HP) and IBM San Jose were two of the ancestral companies of Silicon Valley, along with Fairchild Semiconductor and a few others
 The Apple III was one of the great fiascos of the PC industry. Meant to replace the Apple II, it was so unreliable that official Apple maintenance procedures for Apple III's included picking them up and dropping them six inches onto a hard surface (to re-seat the chips in their sockets).
 DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) more or less invented minicomputers, but completely missed the boat on personal computers; they ended up being bought by Compaq in 1999. MIPS made some of the first really high-performance microprocessors.
 Xerox Palo Alto Research Center invented most of the technologies used in the Lisa and the Mac (and now, in Windows), including mice, windows, and pull-down menus. Xerox did make some computers using these ideas, and could probably have owned much of the PC market, but they did a truly abysmal job of marketing them.
 What You See Is What You Get - WYSIWYG
 SCSI - Small Computer Storage Interface - is the standard bus used to connect hard disks and other peripherals to Macs. When the standard was invented, engineers had a choice of pronouncing it "sexy" or "scuzzy"; "scuzzy" won by a wide margin.
 It took Microsoft three tries before they came out with a usable graphic user interface (Windows 3.0) and two more (Windows 3.1 and WIndows 95) before they got one that even approached the quality of the original Mac interface. Many people think they still haven't matched it.
 The Pentium Divide was, of course, Intel's infamous chip-design error that caused literally millions of Windows computers to give wrong answers to simple division problems.
 In Apple's early days, their arch-enemy was IBM (as illustrated in the famous "1984" Macintosh commercial), but by the mid-1990's Apple and IBM were both faced by a greater foe in Microsoft. They teamed up on several projects, including the PowerPC chip and a never-finished new operating system, but it was always at best an uneasy alliance.
 RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) is a type of microprocessor architecture that has largely replaced CISC (Complex I.S.C.) microprocessors, except for Intel microprocessors. (Intel, the company that puts the "backwards" in "backwards compatible.")
 A passing reference to Apple's ultimately-unsuccessful lawsuit against Microsoft for copying the "look and feel" of the Macintosh .
 Michelangelo was one of the first widespread computer viruses that attacked IBM-compatible PC's (but not Macs).
 This is the original version of the line. As of today (May 2000) I sing: "They'll get Windows 95 debugged in nineteen-zero-eight (spoken:) damn y2k bugs" But as Y2K memories fade, I'll have to change it again.