Comment from E-mail:
Hi Mr. Wozniak, I have a few questions. Why do you not have Steve Jobs
listed on your site...is there tension between you two? Also if Steve
Jobs asked you for a job at Apple would you accept it? Could I get a intern
job with you so I could get some expierence under my belt before I get
out of highschool or when I do? I don't live that far from you. Thanks
for taking the time to read my letter. Take Care.
I offer links to some friends that want them but I have no reason to suspect
that Steve Jobs would want or need such a link. If I was aware of a personal
home page of his, I'd most certainly include such a link.
I do sense some hard to define tension between us but I can never come
up with any direct explanable reason. We have been cordial and respectful
of one another. I don't live with any feeling of this tension, so maybe
it's just there as a construct of the media that would want it to be.
I don't work directly inside of Apple and I have no intern jobs available.
I have hired a few young people in the past to help me with my classes,
but those classes are near their end unless I figure out a way to get
the time again. I can't do the amount of email that I get these days and
Interesting story about Apple I board number 1 ... which was bought
and paid for ... I see little inclination by anyone to 'help' anybody
unless there was a 'profit' in it.
I assure you that I passed out schematics and code and even went to the
homes of others that I met at the Homebrew Computer Club and helped them
solder such machines together. Everything was in the spirit of today's
freeware and shareware. I am very celebrated as a 'giver' in ways that
I don't proclaim so you are probably referring your negative sentiments
I do believe that if what you are doing is the good and worthwhile thing
that people, consumers, really want, then you'll make a profit. If you
can't make a profit, then you're not building what the consumers want
and you should quit...Woz
The intelligence and engineering 'wit' to 'assemble' those early devices
is laudable. As to the rest; Quark would be SOOO proud.
I don't understand this very well. The Apple I came about very quickly
and had good engineering and the specialness was largely in the terminal
I know that the Apple ][ was engineering art for it's time. I had very
special engineering talents that were respected in many places including
my employer, Hewlett Packard's calculator division. You might be referring
to the PET and TRS-80 computers, which were engineered by large companies
but forgot things like color, graphics, hi-res bit mapping, paddles, sound,
buttons, plastic case, switching power supply, home TV compatability,
RAM expansion, peripheral slots, etc. Even BASIC in ROM was the first
use anywhere of the 2K Byte ROMS (from Synertek). Dozens of other companies
missed the boat entirely, leaving the computer as a complete kit with
an industrial look and feel. They all used static RAMS too, even though
the 4K dynamic RAM was the first to surpass core memory in pricing. The
engineering 'wit' of those machines is laudable, with a couple of exceptions.
I'm wondering if you could enlighten me as to what has happened within
the educational system in our country that has resulted in so many people
being unable to spell or punctuate properly. I remember when I first went
online with AOL it was a dead giveaway that, if you could spell and punctuate,
you were at least thirty-five years old!
It costs money to deliver education. If it weren't a government bureaucracy
you'd assume better education for more money. While that may or may not
be the case, there's a certain amount of money that is right in some natural
terms to devote in this direction. Are we over or under nature's intended
Well, schools are funded by government. Education is a major budget item.
But governments are headed by politicians and government moneys are apportioned
according to votes. The more votes in a given direction, the more money
that will be allocated.
Education is very important. That's where we take young children and turn
out dropouts or success stories. That's where we train those that will
make the future better than our past. But the children that are being
helped don't have a vote in our one-person-one-vote system of democracy
and equality. This shows up in California a lot when a 2/3 majority is
needed to pass property tax override bills, to aid schools, while only
1/3 of the families have children. The results would be more universally
fair if each child had a vote.
A family of five should have five votes. Until then, we'll continually
be facing issues such as you present.
Hey, Woz, jjust stumbled on to your site. great idea. I heard sometime
ago that you said that if someone committed a murder and then lied about
having done it that the lie woudl be more wrong than the murder. Is this
true and if it is could you please explain? Thank you.
You've got it right. Honesty and truth are the only things that make everything
else about you trustable and worthwhile. There is such a thing as a solemn
oath, where this applies much more than in simple cases. An oath sworn
to in a court falls into this category but there are other cases. A person,
say a friend, can make a statement to you in such a way that it is the
extreme truth. You can detect this quality because it doesn't come out
in a normal tone. In the face of this you most often have to give up whatever
accusations you have and accept the statement as truth. It can't be described
in these words, you actually have to hear it some time in your life to
know what it is. Now, if you accept such a solemn pleading and later find
out that it wasn't the truth, the hurt would be too great to describe.
This sort of lie is much worse that whatever it was about.
In the case of a murder, some terrible thing has occurred which may or
may not get rectified. That hurt cannot be changed. It has to be dealt
with in rational ways. If a murderer gets off with a lie, you could argue
that the lie was worse than the murder because it prevented justice to
the extent that murder requires. The lie is always equally bad, no matter
what the result of it.
These are just the ways my father taught me. There was one case in my
life where I was doing wrong things, using electronic blue boxes to make
free phone calls. Because of my upbringing I told my parents everything
that I (and Steve Jobs) were doing. By forcing myself to be honest about
it, I remained an 'ethical' phone phreak who only did what I believed
had some justification. This also kept me from making my own personal
calls with a blue box; I paid for those. I only used the blue box to explore
how far I could get in the phone system and to show off. Never to save