So basically, this is what I think happened.
Seagate, Quantum and Conner rolled by to Compaq's house one afternoon, did some skateboard tricks, then huddled into his parents' shed for a misguided teenage project. They constructed the protocol level of the standard with some spare two-by-fours nailed to a red cart, managed to get it working in a semi-okay way, and then lost interest.
Compaq then went and got trashed with Seagate and his older brother that was old enough to buy Jack Daniels, only returning to the shed at 3am with a hammer, deciding to 'finish 'er off', before throwing up onto it.
And then we had SMART.