They made another attempt. "No, no," Jobs complained. "This isn't working at all."
The next time, the lights were bright enough, but they came on too late.
"I'm getting tired of asking about this," Jobs growled.
Finally, the iMac shone just right.
"Oh! Right there! That's great!" Jobs yelled.
A year earlier Jobs had ousted Mike Markkula, his early mentor and partner, from the board.
But he was so proud of what he had wrought with the new iMac,
and so sentimental about its connection to the original Macintosh,
that he invited Markkula to Cupertino for a private preview.
Markkula was impressed. His only objection was to the new mouse that Ive had designed.
It looked like a hockey puck, Markkula said, and people would hate it.
Jobs disagreed, but Markkula was right.
Otherwise the machine had turned out to be, as had its predecessor, insanely great.