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Most Influential People In Technical Mac Community 64

An anonymous reader writes "The MacTech Journal of Macintosh Technology has released MacTech 25, a list of top 25 most influential people in the *Technical* Mac community. According to the magazine 'The MacTech 25 is designed to recognize the technical contributions of developers writers, bloggers, problem-solvers and personalities to the Macintosh technical community.' The people were chosen by popular voting during June. Bios and pictures of the people on the list will be published in the printed MacTech magazine in time for WWDC."
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Most Influential People In Technical Mac Community

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  • Re:Tim Monroe (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Ohreally_factor ( 593551 ) on Friday July 14, 2006 @03:12PM (#15720929) Journal
    I think that must be the same deal for Mike Bombich [bombich.com], who wrote some very nifty software (as donationware) before he was hired by Apple. I used to hang out on a forum where he and his wife frequented, and he was always helpful and friendly to others. Nice guy as well as a great mac geek. I remember how excited they were when Mike got hired by Apple. It was a dream come true. Hell, I think the entire forum was tickled that one of our own was going to join the mother ship.
  • Leo & Qdial (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cmholm ( 69081 ) <cmholm@ma[ ]olm.org ['uih' in gap]> on Friday July 14, 2006 @04:19PM (#15721389) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, since the list was a bit heavy with writers, you'd think he'd rate. His Qdial desk accessory was one of my favorate bits of code back in the mid-80's, when I was constantly dialing up BBS'. Its innovation was to flog the modem during a Mac's vertical blanking interval (screen refresh, when whatever application you were using and the OS were otherwise twiddling their thumbs), which allowed me to keep working while I waited to connect to a busy board. This was before the Multifinder, and my first practical taste of multitasking, outside of a VAX/VMS system.
  • "Infuential"? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by jcr ( 53032 ) <jcr@@@mac...com> on Friday July 14, 2006 @04:35PM (#15721492) Journal
    Some of these guys are fairly well-known in the community, but I can't think of any example of them exerting influence on Apple, the developers, or the users.. Aaron does a good job of introducing new Cocoa developers to what I'd consider best coding practices, though...

  • by tonywong ( 96839 ) on Friday July 14, 2006 @11:18PM (#15723195) Homepage
    Mike Breeden was one of the guys who kept the high end overclocking and modding community alive when Macs were on life support in the mid to late nineties. He's always been a one man show and while you guys may not think he's very influential right now, he's pretty much one degree removed from all the important people today.

    Ever since the G5 has stumped the modding community xlr8yourmac has kind have just been a reporting news site, but perhaps the future x86 Macs might bring back Mike's site to it's former glory.
  • Re:"Infuential"? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by wjsdelicious ( 850217 ) on Saturday July 15, 2006 @04:56AM (#15723976) Homepage
    Geez JCR... you can't think of ANY example of ANY of us exerting influence on developers?


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