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Q From e-mail:
I hate to make the unfair comparison, but I like to fancy myself a man along the same lines. I write code and post it (it's not all that great, but it's getting better) in hopes that others will pick it up and run with it. I figure things out and write articles (served freely - without even banner ads) discussing what I did and what pitfalls need to be avoided. Etc. I'm employed to do a job, and I do it. But what I contribute to the world around me I don't get paid for, except maybe in karma.

It's late, and methinks I've babbled. In any case, I would love to converse with you in greater detail, and with a higher level of coherence. (You've been something of an idol of mine since I was a prepubescent brat hacking away at AppleSoft BASIC and 6502 mini-assembler code into the wee hours on schoolnights.)

WOZ:
Good for you (sharing code). There's nothing better and the reward stays with you until you die. Please don't start conversing. I'm exhausted and in pain from 22 hours a day of email answering and I have hundreds stacked up still. Short comments I WILL READ, it only takes me a while if there are questions to answer.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Q From e-mail:
My five year old daughter came down the stairs the other morning dressed in long sleeves. I said, "Honey, are you sure you want to wear long sleeves today?". "Yes, Daddy", she replied, "I looked on the Internet, it's going to be cloudy and cool today"..

WOZ:
The best jokes are the true ones...In my case it's my wife who has looked it up...

Q From e-mail:
I'm a comp sci major (unfortunately not engineering) and a child development minor, so I am a really big fan of everything that you've been doing and am interested in doing similar things some day. I have a few questions that I would love to hear your responses to: - Does Steve Jobs know how to code? Is he an engineer (i.e. did he know what the heck you were doing when you were building the Apple?)

WOZ:
Steve didn't ever code. He wasn't an engineer and he didn't do any original design, but he was technical enough to alter and change and add to other designs. I did all of the Apple I and Apple ][ myself, including the feature choices. I did all of the BASIC myself (it's in handwriting as I couldn't afford an assembler). The only person who helped write some of the Apple ][ code was Allen Baum, who helped with the 'monitor' program.

Q From e-mail:
I'm giddy about the fabled 'consumer portable' that (in theory) will be announced at MWNY... is there anything you can share with us on this project or will Apple not be too happy?----------------NO...Steve - Do you have a Newton / PalmPilot / Other PDA? Just curious...

Again, I am a huge fan. (Isn't it weird going from a guy who built computers for a homebrew computer club to being someone with almost a cult following? =) ) My first computer was the IIgs with that "Woz" signature on it; it was in many ways a much better machine than a bunch of the stuff you'll find out there today (especially on the peecee side of things...). And I love reading what you have to say about Pirates! B.K.

WOZ:
Yes, a Newton Message Pad 2100. I used to like to use it for taking notes. But it's sort of obsolete now. I have a PalmPilot but I don't intend to live by it.



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