Letters-General Questions Answered
e-mail: Why didn't
the early Apple II's use Fans?
hobby computers of the day used inefficient power supplies. The Apple
][ was the first computer ever to use a plastic case. The heat buildup
using even my own power supply design (inefficient type) would have been
too great. Steve tapped an Atari engineer, Rod Holt, to design a switching
power supply that was much more efficient and generated less heat. Rod
also keyed us into the fact that the plastic case wouldn't conduct heat
well. At this point in time we took pride in being the first computer
to use a switching power supply. Steve was proud of the fact that we didn't
need a fan and seems to hold to that ideal to this day.
From e-mail: When you type "PR#6" to reboot to floppy, what the
the "pr" mean? Does it stand for anything?
commands and variable names were often truncated back in those days. PR#
was short for PRINT#. Possibly my syntax table had hit a space limit,
or maybe I didn't think anything of using the abbreviation. Memory was
very tight in those days and I worked hard to make things smaller with
From e-mail: An Apple ][e could be made so small and low power
these days. Still would be a terrific embedded controller IMHO and there
would be a market for new Apple ][e's as code/hardware development stations....
Hello, Mr Jobs, I have an great project idea for you... ;^)
agree. The sort of project that engineers could apply easily and quickly
in many places.
e-mail: I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have
done with apple and computers in general, people like you are a very rare
breed. I Started computing in 6th grade for me was 1983, I worked on an
Black Apple ][ and that was so amazing to me. I eventually got a C64 (sorry),
and ran a BBS from 1990 to 1996, I miss that part so much the internet
pretty much killed the BBS community in my area (Massachusetts). I think
because of the popularity of the Internet in some way has killed the imagination
people had before with computers (IE, BBS's, Games etc.). Look at games,
almost all of them are first person shooters, just Doom updates. Very
few games impress me now and there isn't much of a personal feel to the
internet like BBS's had because the internet is so huge and the time needed
to run something on the web or internet with the charm of a BBS is to
great. Seeing your site and reading these pages I see there are a lot
of people who kind of feel the same way. But I can say one thing and that
is THANK YOU for everything you have done to make the early days of computing
so much fun and amazing. And one last thing, you are so easy to find and
send a message to, I was wondering is there a way I could send something
to Steve Job as well. In many ways he is someone I look up to for his
visionary thinking it has help me to look beyond what is now.
are right. A lot of us miss the days when we had to be true geeks. Things
felt more special when we fussed with BBS's. Now the games are lures away
from the technology and how to do it.
Woz: A lot of personal info can be found on my website under WozScape.
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