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Andrew Hertzfeld, member of the Apple Macintosh development team

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Best known as Andy Hertzfeld, is an engineer originally from the United States and was a member of the development team of Apple Macintosh during the 1980s.

After Andy bought an Apple II in January 1978, he decided to work at Apple Computer, where he worked from August 1979 to March 1984, as a software designer for the Macintosh system.

Andy graduated from Brown University with a degree in Computer Science in 1975, then attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley.

Developed from AppleSilenType printer firmware and the first 80-column Apple II card.

At the beginning of 1980, he invited his friend from the institute, the artist Susan Kare, to join Apple for the collaboration of the design of what are now the characteristic icons of Macintosh.

He used a visiting card in Apple, which bore the title of “Mago del Software”. He wrote large sections of the original Macintosh system software, including a considerable part of the ROM code, the user interface toolbox and a series of components that were innovative at the time.

When he left Apple in 1984, Hertzfeld co-founded three companies, Radius in 1986, Gernegal Magic in 1990 and Eazel in 1999. In the latter, he collaborated in the creation of the Nautilus file manager for GNOME, from Linux desktop.

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Neil Barker
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