Report from the line

Bill Atkinson in line to buy his iPhone

So, it’s been non-stop in line here. I haven’t had my hands on a keyboard until 3 a.m.

Why did I wait in line in Palo Alto and not the more sexy San Francisco? Easy, I knew there’d be more geeks in line here. And the line did not disappoint.

First of all, Bill Atkinson is in line here. He was Apple’s first software developer. He wrote Mac Paint. Hypercard. Did the windowing system. And much more. Most historians believe he’s one of the top software developers Silicon Valley has ever seen. And that’s no hype.

He’s been telling folks in line all sorts of old Macintosh stories (he was on the original Mac team). We streamed his conversation live and it really was incredible. Loren Heiny was watching our live stream tonight and said the conversation was awesome. Plus his photography (what he’s passionate about now) is stunning. We’re going to try to do a photo walking with him soon.

Steve Gillmor filmed the conversation and we’ll have it up on PodTech.

Anyway, I’m going to try to get some sleep and see ya in a few hours.

There’s 125 people in line at 3:36 a.m.

Also in line? The Quicken Mac Team. Zooomr. Smug Mug. TechMeme. Quite a few others.

I have a few photos on my Flickr account. I’m sure there are other ones too. Plus we’re streaming live still over on Ustream.

96 thoughts on “Report from the line

  1. “Its interesting and astonishing to know that your son and you were 1st ones In line……”

    ???

    Scoble’s coverage of this event has been really spectacular — the best out there far as I can tell. But not, of course, because of his position in the line… I mean, hey, if Greg Packer can do it…

    P.S. The idea of the Woz standing in line for an iPhone makes me very sad for some reason.

  2. “Its interesting and astonishing to know that your son and you were 1st ones In line……”

    ???

    Scoble’s coverage of this event has been really spectacular — the best out there far as I can tell. But not, of course, because of his position in the line… I mean, hey, if Greg Packer can do it…

    P.S. The idea of the Woz standing in line for an iPhone makes me very sad for some reason.

  3. Do not buy that Version, there will be a new and better version of the IPhone presented in Europe.

    http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/3466

    It also has implementes 3G, the latest and fasted technology in the celluare market.

    If you compare the EDGE, which is implemented in the old iPhone, to HSPDPA, which is the faster version of 3G, you get results like these charts.

    http://blog.treonauts.com/BroadbandComparison.gif

    Currently, I’m online with 3G and can have up to 3,6 Mbit/s as a download speed, as well as a higher upload Speed than EDGE.

    So do not buy old stuff, with is out of date on Monday!

    Best regards Jörg

  4. Do not buy that Version, there will be a new and better version of the IPhone presented in Europe.

    http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/3466

    It also has implementes 3G, the latest and fasted technology in the celluare market.

    If you compare the EDGE, which is implemented in the old iPhone, to HSPDPA, which is the faster version of 3G, you get results like these charts.

    http://blog.treonauts.com/BroadbandComparison.gif

    Currently, I’m online with 3G and can have up to 3,6 Mbit/s as a download speed, as well as a higher upload Speed than EDGE.

    So do not buy old stuff, with is out of date on Monday!

    Best regards Jörg

  5. His photographs are stunning. I can imagine this experience — the people, the geekery, the comraderie, is a once-in-a-lifetime.

    I’ll live vicariously through the vid feeds.

  6. His photographs are stunning. I can imagine this experience — the people, the geekery, the comraderie, is a once-in-a-lifetime.

    I’ll live vicariously through the vid feeds.

  7. According to the SF paper, Woz will also be waiting in line for an iPhone — because he wants to. It is telling that Robert and Fake Paul assume people are being tortured by Steve Jobs at the drop of a hat.

  8. According to the SF paper, Woz will also be waiting in line for an iPhone — because he wants to. It is telling that Robert and Fake Paul assume people are being tortured by Steve Jobs at the drop of a hat.

  9. Fake: not sure. He seems like the kind of person who won’t call and beg for one. He made a fake wood iPhone, though, as soon as he saw it just to “get an idea of what it’d feel like in his hand.”

    It’s not cold here. We never even needed our sleeping bag. San Francisco is a lot colder, I hear.

  10. Fake: not sure. He seems like the kind of person who won’t call and beg for one. He made a fake wood iPhone, though, as soon as he saw it just to “get an idea of what it’d feel like in his hand.”

    It’s not cold here. We never even needed our sleeping bag. San Francisco is a lot colder, I hear.

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  12. Its interesting and astonishing to know that your son and you were 1st ones In line……

    Since Im from India we have to wait for a long time till the iphone comes here.

    Will be following your blog closely to see how the iphone mania picks up.

    Priya
    http://www.watblog.com

  13. Its interesting and astonishing to know that your son and you were 1st ones In line……

    Since Im from India we have to wait for a long time till the iphone comes here.

    Will be following your blog closely to see how the iphone mania picks up.

    Priya
    http://www.watblog.com

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