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Bug Bytes: Gus Mueller

Acorn’s dev talks data-loss panic.

In his 23 years coding for the Mac, Gus Mueller, creator of the popular image editor Acorn, has had ample opportunity to make errors. Here, he talks about his most memorable one, which goes back to VoodooPad, an advanced journaling app Mueller released in 2003.

The gaffe

Back when VoodooPad was in beta, one of my testers sent me a document that crashed the app whenever he opened it. Worse, when I did manage to open the document, it was completely empty—no words, no spaces, no images, nothing. The document title was “Tax Information,” and I’m thinking, “Oh no. The data is all gone.”

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