The day Apple nearly died and went away

Recently, at the Churchill Club dinner, two of Sun Microsystems top men, Scott McNealy and Ed Zander were discussing what happened in late 1995 and early 1996.  At the time, Sun was the darling of the computing world and Apple was on a value of five to six dollars per share.   If Apple had been bought out by Sun at that time, would we have seen the iPad and iPhones of today.  Not likely according to McNealy who said “I would have screwed that up!”.  But alas the buyout didnt happen and Apple is now the darling while Sun no longer officially exists as they are now owned by Oracle.    More on the story at:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/How-Apple-Dodged-a-Sun-Buyout-Former-CEOs-McNealy-Zander-Tell-All-251679/

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Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.