Letters-General Questions Answered
Woz: It's surely coming. It may take decades. What do we drive at all for? To take vacations, to shop, to get gas, to go to work. Once enough of these needs are gone, we may stop using cars and only have mass transportation to get to interesting places. Just in time, since we won't have that much choice someday, when gas runs out.
Comment From e-mail: Dear Woz, How old are your boys? Maybe if they are around my age we can talk or something, you can give them my e-mail address? Why don't you have any spare time? Is there any assistant work you want me to do for you? I am very trust worthy and I have references; and for you I will work for free anytime. I have a Power Mac 6100; actually I am the only person I know with such an old computer. If I get a chance to sell my $1000-$1500 clarinet at a pawn shop or whatever I may be able to get an upgrade; but that is the most I can afford. As you can see my parents aren't very cooperative in my computing.
boys are 12 and 17 but I'm careful not to ever have them bothered with
all the things that come to me, like this. I have no spare time because
I get about 100 emails a day like yours, and I get maybe 100 more of other
types. This is after I cut down on some Macintosh email lists because
it got to the point that I had no family life at all.
Comment From e-mail: My uncles and cousins all have peecees!! I can't take it anymore and they are planning to buy new ones. My sister wants a Compaq and so do my parents ( they say it's cheaper to maintain upgrade and all that stuff), they know nothing!!! My sister is comparing the newest Compaq to my old Mac. What am I going to do? Last thing I want to mention today: I want to write some type of novel, I don't understand how they make their books so thick? (as in coming up with content) I might be able to write about myself If I concentrated I could get anywhere from 300-800 pages maybe, but is my life interesting enough that people would want to read about it, I mean I can't even write a grammatically correct e-mail, not to mention all the fancy words that authors use. What are your views on this?
Woz: If your stories are interesting, an editor can help the grammar.
Comment From e-mail: When is your birthday? Do you want to be pen pals? (I promise not to take up too much of your time)
Woz: My birthday is August 11, 1950. Sorry, but I don't have time enough for a few close friends to have any pen pals too. Just once in a very long while would be about right for me. It doesn't mean that I don't like you or want a pen pal, just that I haven't the time.
Comment From e-mail: P.S. If there is anything I can do to help you lighten your work load, feel free to ask me, I am very capable of many things.
Woz: Thank you very much. I'm sure that you'd be worth a try but I have strong commitments against assistants.
e-mail: I just want you to know that you helped inspire me to get
involved with computers and electronics. Reading articles in Popular
Science, and a computer hobbyist magazine that I can't remember, I do
remember the articles featured tinkering with the Osborne, Mac and the
computer I was going to get.. The Ohio Scientific. I never got the Ohio
Scientific, but I did build my own kit computer when I was 15, the Ace
2000, it was a clone of the old Sinclair boxes.
clearly came from the early computer days.
Comment From e-mail: Thanks for answering my previous questions *so* quickly. I've never expected someone as famous as you to be so quick and personal when replying to people. This really isn't related to anything with computers but I'm curious as to when you believe the new millennium was/is. 2000 or 2001?
Comment From e-mail: Hello, Woz. It is such an honor to get an e-mail from a living legend. You are my ideal human. If everyone was like you there would be no wars no nothing. Well, anyway on one of your letters you said the imacs make good servers. How do you use imacs as servers? How do they perform? I was thinking of getting a imac dv special edition. The reason I want something for dv. Also I want to learn the Mac OS I have never used it and never owned a Mac. Also what is Mac os x and Mac os x server and how do they differ from Mac os 9? Thanks. I kind of funny talking to a living god. :) Gosh I wish I could meet you once in my life before I die. I pray. You or Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates. Thanks.
reason that I said iMacs make good servers is because they make good web
servers for myself. An iMac is complete and needs almost no software added.
They are even very convenient to set up as file servers on our LAN. As
for performance, Apple's G3 and G4 processors are always the highest performing
ones, matching pentiums at twice the clock speed in many cases. But the
real performance answer is that you're only feeding data to a single T1
line, 1.5 Mbps, in my case, with a light, nonprofessional, user base.
One client of mine uses an iMac for his web server with clients in many
countries as far away as India. No other machine would have better throughput
for him. He runs DNS, ftp, web server and also Timbuktu which allows him
to control his server from far away.
Comment From e-mail: Macs suck. Linux is better and its faster than your unstable Macs. On a last note, MACS SUCK. Get a life get a PC and get a good OS and so on. Macs are crap they aren't compatible with other OS's. ha ha.
some extent, an OS that does a lot for you becomes unstable and slower.
Comment From e-mail: Do you think Apple would Now be in a much stronger position [in the market place] if someone had allowed the cloning of machines earlier than the decision was taken to do so .... and would allowing the deals set in place in the late 90s to be brought to fruition have helped the numbers out there?
Woz: I think that Apple would be primarily a software company now and would be the size of Microsoft, which would be greatly diminished. I'm not sure that cloning would have given businesses the incentive to pass on IBM but we would have owned the consumer market.
e-mail: I have heard that you are teaching computers to kids in
Comment From e-mail: Sadly, I've missed out on robotics, although I appreciate it and have some friends that are totally into it. I had a couple of early ones, including TOPO. I do have an AIBO at present. There's never enough time for everything for one person.
Comment From e-mail: When I was about 6, My dad brought home an Apple ][c. (Actually, he bought a "PCjr", but I made him take it back.) It gave me a chance to make sense in life when nobody else knew what to do with me.
Woz: Excellent start!
Woz: Good for you. I had to hope and struggle and fight to keep my own operation all Macintosh as the internet came in (finally succeeding in getting rid of a Sun) and I even saw a lot of my Macintosh friends give in a lot more. They were right in their own ways, but a lot of us have too much loyalties.
for your contribution to my life. The world is truly a better place. Virtual
Regards, -D. H.
Woz: I have a couple of friends, one in Apple and one formerly of Apple, that have the multicolored Apple tattoos on their ankles. I wanted to have it done but my wife wouldn't go for it. I suppose I could find a place that she wouldn't see it!
e-mail: When I hit your website today, I noticed in the "letter
of the day" someone had already sent practically the exact email that
I would have sent. You are probably being deluged with email after Pirates
and after appearing on Slashdot today, but for the record:
many of us just fell in love with computers for no explainable reason.
seems that lots of cool young computer people went through the BBS phase
in those days.
So many don't bother to finish college. At least you can tell others that
Woz: One game that I hope to see again in a PDA is one that I had on my Magic Link. An array of characters was presented and you had a fixed amount of time to swoop out connected letters that formed words, with longer words counting more. The key to a good score was to look for batches of common word endings and suffixes and to work on that.
Comment From e-mail: My years on my Apple II's provide me with incredible memories and a sense of community and belonging. If personal computers didn't exist, I don't know what I would be doing. With all the excitement in technology now, I just hope I have the strength to do things that are worthwhile, and that make me happy - and hopefully make others happy too.
Woz: The new millennium started early for many, like yourself...
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