Steve Jobs was well known for the size of his cojones, but it turns out that his former employer Atari had even better balls than him.
In fact, it was these balls that inspired the first ever Apple mouse, the man who designed the first fruity iRodent has confessed.
Jim Yurchenco, a retired engineer now in his dotage, was part of the design team that worked on the mouse which controlled the Apple Lisa.
He shared a few of his memories with Wired as he prepared to hang up his stylus.
At the time of the Apple mouse saga, Yurchenco was a fresh-faced Stanford graduate working for startup design agency Hovey-Kelley, co-founded by his old university pal David Kelley and one Dean Hovey, who happened to be a friend of Steve Jobs. Yurchenco was tasked with creating a control device after Jobs spotted a Xerox mouse during a tour of its facilities.
“It was obviously way too complicated for what Jobs needed, which was a really low cost, easily manufacturable, reproducible product for consumers, ” Yurchenco remembered.
Naturally, what Jobs wanted, Jobs got. Yurchenco went away and analysed the trackball used on Atari arcade games in the hope of designing a better, cheaper mouse. The Atari machine used optics to track the ball's movement, which required fewer moving parts, and was generally simpler than the $400 Xerox gizmo.
In contrast to the arcade giant's ball of joy, the Xerox mouse used a complex mechanism which required a small ball to be pushed down on the tabletop. Its movement was then measured by a complex array of mechanical switches. While this solved the problem, it was still far too complicated to meet Jobs' specification.
Yurchenco was, however, impressed by the Atari model and decided to use it as inspiration to create his own model.
Just like so many people we all know and love, the designer wasn't really bothered about pinpoint accuracy - something that is important when assassinating virtual enemies, but not so important when trying to open a word processor.what does no atomizer mean what does 111 How old do you have to work at taco bell? what are the gallows what does un poco loco mean What is hookah tips How to feed chickens in stardew valley? what time does the fair open Where to read about tips and tricks for overwatch How to draw a tulip? How to get my w2 online? How to do some phil the magic man tricks what does maiming mean How to get an abortion? what are toenails made of How to draw fortnite? How to wash shoes in the washer? How old do you have to be to open a bank account How to make a slug for seo css tricks what does dtf stand for How to boil carrots? Teach me how to do magic tricks with coins How to track my airpods? what are fiber foods what does the name amari mean Tips on how to stop video card from overheating How to make chicken noodle soup what does aarp mean How to seduce a woman How to tell if milk is bad what does secure the blessings of liberty mean Why are tips etfs down what is apple pay and how does it work How much is a dip manicure with tips How to look more masculine How to remove deep blackheads Tips on how to write a rap song step by step How to do penny board tricks How to create a website for my business? How to relieve hip pain while sleeping? What is hepatic tips How to pair xfinity remote what does ambiguous mean How many numbers to win powerball? Easy how to draw? How to make vagina smell good What do zombie tips do David blaine what is magic tricks Tips for when you get a new iphone Why do some all the tricks videos not play How to grill salmon How to read blood test results? How to tell if a pomegranate is ripe? what does la brea mean in english How to file for social security Whast it called when you tap your finger tips How to clean a glass pipe what does undersigned mean How to drive? what does huddle mean Where can i find dentek replacement gum stimulator tips Tips how to design posters and flyers How to dream about someone Tips on how to cut 200 lb of potatoes How to reset oil change light? Learn how to do tricks on a tech deck How to propose to your girlfriend How to pair beats How to thread a sewing machine How to write an informative essay what does a prolapse feel like inside Who owns q tips Tips for handling a boss who pulls you in multiple directions How to cook a hot dog Who tricks eve into eating the apple what age are gen z what does estate sale mean what does the chariot tarot card mean Why does our mind play tricks on us when we look at optical illusions? How to make tiktok video what does coercion mean How to simmer How to orgasim? How to make a fruit salad? How to use lip scrub what does custom mean How to buy more storage on iphone? what does the red moon mean what does bocephus mean What to do about spray can plastidip with bad tips what does bruno mean in italian what does the tpms light mean what time does jack in the box stop serving breakfast what does saphire mean How to tie a friendship bracelet what are inflation hedge assets How to do tricks in air apex Why does my fern have brown tips How to makr the perfect steak tips and eggs on stove what does a router look like what does discard mean Why is there a delivery cost and tips