I couldn’t resist this. I’ve recently found the original Microsoft team photo on Wikipedia and thought it would be fun to compare the two companies pictures.
Eleven years can make a big difference in fashion and hair! I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
I was looking for old Citrix pictures on the web and found a link to Gordon Letwin. Gordon was the lead architect for Microsoft on the OS/2 project. Ed Iacobucci was the lead architect for OS/2 on the IBM side. Ed left IBM in 1989 and Gordon left Microsoft in 1993. I’m guessing that they worked together quite a bit. I would also suppose that this would have happened between 1985 and 1989. Many years ago I bought a copy of Inside OS/2 by Gordon Letwin.
You have got to love the cave like appeal with the soft glow of CRT nearby. This cover appealed to me since it really captured the nature of a developer on the track of a really difficult bug. I’m guessing that he was running some variant of CodeView on the screen that he is looking at.
This post was just for fun. Please enjoy.
OS/2… great piece of software. I still use it at home.
I’m sure Gordon would be proud to hear this, as would the old-time IBMers that stood behind it.
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On the cover of Inside OS/2, the screen on the right definitely has CodeView 1.0 running. The screen on the left shows the OS/2 kernel debugger or some other derivative of debug/symdeb. I can’t quite make out what’s on the central screen, but it looks like source code.
Actually, it wasn’t CodeView (yet). It was a beta product called ‘Island’ (don’t ask me why)
A long, long time ago, in a land called Alpharetta.. I was browsing the Southeasts version of “Weirdstuff” and came upon the strangest COTS box I’d ever seen. Wish I’d purchased it. It was a white box w. blue/black lettering called “Windows OS/2”. Having worked for Egghead Software @ the time (early 90’s) I was aghast… My room mate in Atlanta was a STAUNCH IBM OS/2 supporter.. ran it on his desktop and supported IBM mainframes & OS/2 @ the insurance carrier he worked at. I was in the DOS 6.22/Windows for Workgroups 3.11 camp, due to all the consumer and SMB applications for that platform. Those were the DAYS! 🙂
Interestingly enough, I have one old high school chum who has been w. CITRIX for over 10 years, and this month, two addtional friends are joining your team to ramp up to $5 Billion. My have times changed! 🙂