Letters-General Questions Answered
philosophy of life is deeply internal but it also includes being able
to tell close ones, including parents, about anything you do, even if
they might consider it wrong. It's one thing that kept me away from drugs.
I would only do things that I was willing to say I believed were right.
As long as I believe it internally strong enough to tell even my parents,
I had a very good internal feeling for why my behavior was right.
e-mail: I was just wondering what you think of Steve Jobs being
the now Official CEO of apple again. Do you think he has what it takes
to keep the company going as well as it is now, is seems he has done a
LOT of growing up since he was pushed out of the company so long ago.
Do you think he might get to comfortable again and the same problems will
crop up again?
like what Steve has always pursued. We probably had some differences when
I felt that the Apple ][ was being unfairly discriminated against, within
Apple, for products like the Apple /// and the Macintosh. But I've never
seen Steve pursue less than the best and products that change things for
e-mail: I am thoroughly impressed by you creation of the first
apple computers (and some other nifty electronic gadgets.) I have a nice
little tech bench set up in my apartment, and spend a lot of time tinkering
and inventing little projects, but nothing on the scale of a computer.
I am aware that you gave away your schematics for the first apple at the
Stanford homebrew meetings, and was wondering if you still had a copy?
I am very interested to see the components you used, and to gauge the
possibility of building such a device on my own. I know that it will not
bear the same accomplishment as actually designing the machine and then
producing it 20 years ago, but I am very interested in the fundamental
concepts of computers and would have a lot fun trying to make a computer.
I was also wondering where you learned most of your electrical engineering.
Books? school? any specific books or courses?
schematics that I gave away were of the Apple I. It used some PMOS shift
registers (2904 and 2919 I believe) to cycle the screen data, changing
characters at the precisely right time. These chips, I'm sure, are unavailable
e-mail: I doubt this will be actually read by you but here goes.I
want to thank you for your contribution to this world the Apple computer!My
first experience with a computer was in middle school(`83)I believe.I
used the Apple II computer.I remember just typing commands that would
spell something after I typed the word "run"..lol..Later in high school
I took basic programming but unfortunately didn't go any further with
it.My interests were mostly in playing games.I remember a friend of mine
got a Mac and we would play Ultima IV for hours.This was sometime in the
eighties.Now its the year 2000 and six months ago I purchased a Emachines
400i computer.Man things have changed so much.I feel totally lost in the
computer world today.I cant keep up with the upgrade maddness.Did you
ever envision that your invention would go this far?In closing I want
to say its really nice to be able to talk to a forefather of the computer
didn't think that I'd actually get to write to you, but here goes...
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