Letters-General Questions Answered
From e-mail: I
just finished the new collector's edition of the book FIRE IN THE VALLEY
and in it they continually refer to the Apple I Schematic as a work of
engineering art. Once I saw the picture of it, though, I thought "Hey,
I'd really like to frame one of those and hang it in my office." But I
haven't been able to find one...any chance you can point me in the right
direction? The only thing I've been able to find so far is what appears
to be a warehouse schematic for one of the Apple Computer distribution
sites...go figure. If you've got one to trade, I could probably dig up
some cool SCI FI Channel stuff to send you ;-) (We're primarily an Apple
shop, btw, and I'm sure everyone who works on our Web site would say "Hi"
and "Thanks for inventing the Apple!" if they knew I was writing to you,
so I'll pass along those words on their behalf.)
but I don't have time to search through storage lockers and attics right
now. I think that the Apple ][ schematic is more a work of art. I'm sure
that any that were published, at least in Apple's early days, were drafted
by myself. You can even read "HP" on the vellum. The earliest Apple I
schematics (and the needed 256 byte 'monitor' program for ROMs) were possibly
hand drawn and passed out at the HomeBrew Computer Club. Those, if any
still exist, might be extremely valuable.
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
not hands on. But he was a good point for discussion of higher level things.
He could understand the designs and code to an extent (well, like processor
data pins going to the RAM data pins) but wasn't capable of matching me
so he didn't try. You could also argue that a higher level engineering
job involves decisions like the plastic case and switching power supply.
These were ideas and direction that Steve contributed.
But don't forget that I was only there to create at a key point in time.
I didn't keep it up all these years.
Woz: You sound like a good person, the sort of people who can think for themselves. Often it's smart to know what you don't know too. I find that a lot of college students, with hormones flowing, don't restrict their actions in this way. But then again, they learn "my school, right or wrong" and "my country, right or wrong" too. A good way to be is to say that I choose this way for reasons that I know, and other people can choose another way and not be wrong.
e-mail: I've noticed
you've used the term "Bigotry" a few times in your replies to some letters.
Bigotry is breeded through ignorance. Many people don't know about Microsoft's
violations of anti-trust laws and how they stomp on the competition like
Wordperfect and Borland. However, you can point out to those that Microsoft
has proven to be a monopoly in a federal court--and that's it.
use the word 'bigotry' to mean favoring those similar to ourselves. A
person who uses email client A will tell people using client B that A
is the only good way to go. It pains me when Macintosh users are blinded
by their own bigotry also. Such things as bigotry, which is a form of
ignoring logic and reason and objectivity and the facts, are often indicated
by emotional responses that aren't backed up.
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