Silicon Folklore

"Apple Invented The Mouse!"
"The Internet Was Designed
to Survive a Nuclear Attack!"

When you work in tech long enough you start to hear repeated short stories by otherwise trustworthy people. Many of these are incorrect or never happened.

I've come to call these Silicon Folklore.

This site is a project that seeks to tackle a few questions about Silicon Folklore:

I'd like to stress that you are not a fool if you have believed these narratives. You can find them repeated in countless serious works by people and organizations with impeccable credentials.

Another goal of this project is to serve as a gentle refutation of the myths so if you see them in the wild you can encourage people to pull up in their free time.

Lastly, I'm open to suggestions for further articles. Feel free to reach me by email:


Was the Internet Designed to Survive a Nuclear Attack?

Folklore in the works

Did Apple Create the Mouse?

The Engineer who Spilled the Parts

The Fractional Penny Programming Thief

Sneaky Slowdown Saboteuring Software

The Cell Phone who Spied Me

True stories in the works

The Man That Could Whistle Free Phone Calls

Do Some Printers Leave Secret Fingerprints on Every Page?