Steve Jobs and the original spinning beach ball of death [Photo]

Tue, Feb 1, 2011

Apple History, Featured, Finance, News

There’s nothing more frustrating to a Mac OS X user than the dreaded spinning Beach Ball of death. Steve Jobs, though, doesn’t seem to mind at all. Pictured above is a young Jobs kicking around a Beach Ball at a 1987 NeXT company retreat.

The spinning beach ball of death, which is technically referred to as a spinning wait cursor in Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines was originally part of the NeXTSTEP operating system before finding its way into OS X after Apple purchased NeXT in 1996.

The SBBOD was comically referenced in a Season 8 episode of Family Guy. Check out the clip below.


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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Mike Says:

    Curse that damn spinning ball

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