Comment from E-mail:
I recently heard about this website of yours, woz.org, and I couldn't
be happier now that I've visited it and got this chance to send you a
message! Here we go...
When my grandmother first purchased an Apple IIc for $1,700 in 1987 as
a Christmas present for my brother and I (me being 5 at the time), I was
overjoyed. The Apple II was everything to me. While most kids had their
Nintendos, and later Super Nintendos and Sega Genesis', I had my trusty
Apple II. I loved it. We grew together. When my brother got his first
IBM-PC, a 386, in late 1990, the IIc officially became mine. I was so
happy I immediately cleared space for it in my room. I soon learned how
to program for Applesoft BASIC, later getting Integer BASIC loaders from
my school and programming for it a bit as well. Since those days, I've
made many programs. The Apple II still remains my favorite system of all.
I have been collecting vintage systems since 1996, and have since picked
up a IIe, a IIGS, and a VTech Laser 128. The IIe has had multiple "souping-up"
jobs, including adding more memory, a super serial card, and 8" drives.
A lot of people that came later must wonder what they missed out on, when
there are so many emails like yours proclaiming how great the Apple ][
was to discover 'computing' on.
As Funny as a Two-Dollar Bill: My Life by Steve Wozniak (The Woz)
I've been laughing my head off since reading about your adventures with
the $2 bills and the Secret Service and your daughter's extraordinary
luck at keno. I just woke up and this potential book title popped out
of the top of my mind.
If you like it, please feel free to use it.
I like that title better than any that have occurred to me so I'll keep
My unusual $2 bills have been the center of other entertaining stories
of mine, capped off by this Secret Service Miranda Rights/interrogation
in which I gave them the phony ID, identifying me as a "Laser Safety Officer"
with an eyepatch on me in the photo. Using this phony ID, which I always
used on airplane flights for years, was possibly a true crime but I risked
it with the Secret Service and didn't get caught. Too bad the Secret Service
man didn't read carefully enough or he would have seen "Department of
Defiance" on the ID.
I took my daughter with me to Las Vegas twice. The first time she was
9 and came along for the helicoptor ride portion of my excursion to Ceasar's
Palace with a ton of students for "MacAcademy." All the kids played keno
at one lunch and my 6 year old son (then) won $88 on the first keno game
and was jumping up and down as the champion of the day (I'd only forked
out $50 for family tickets covering 5 games). Well, on the third game,
my daughter won $1600 from a $1 keno ticket. Side note - she'd copied
one of my tickets so I also won $1600. Now my son Gary was dejected and
calling his win "puny." At age 12, Sara was in Las Vegas for a gymnastics
regional (she now dives and makes the nationals every year) and at breakfast
I explained to her not to expect that kind of keno luck and to always
plan on losing her money. She played some $5 tickets and won the $7500.
This happened a few hours before the Secret Service experience.
This is definitly a high for me, as there's no one I respect more in
the computer world than yourself. It was a funny moment, when, I started
using the cam's and found you right there at working at your desk. I was
so excited and slowly zoomed into to see what you were working on... schematics
for a new computer, maybe some advanced math problems... no, a crossword
puzzle! Well, maybe that the whole point of the cam, to de-mystifie and
de-deify yourself. It's cool, but I don't know if i'd want camera's all
over the house watching me.
My office is in a prior house, not the one my family lives in. I'm sure
that my family would never allow such a thing. We kid the caretaker of
this 'office-house", Sharon, that at night people see a reflection off
the glass in front of the ValleyCam and see her walking around.
By the way, it wasn't a crossword puzzle, it was a Cross Sums puzzle from
a number puzzle magazine that I subscribe to.
Comment from E-mail:
I just had one qeustion. How come the sight doesn't have a proper forum?
It seems like you definitly have your own perspective on things and I'm
sure alot of people who feel affinity for that perspective would appreciate
having a place to meet and swap ideas, etc. Anyway, none of buisness really,
just wanted to say hi and great site (like the links!), and thanks for
inventing the apple!
I'm not sure why the site doesn't have a proper forum. The site really
only took on it's better appearance and Q&A sections recently. I'd still
rather keep the site small and special.
Comment from E-mail:
My first computer (1968) was a cardboard box "breadboard" with lights,
switches & flashlight batteries (and a BIG box of jumpers). Total capability
was to add, subtract & multiply binary to 1111. Division was impossible
for lack of registers. It had a small clock motor to drive the multiplication
function. Each function was hard-wired onto the board by (my) hand. It
came from Radio Shack, but I can't remember the name.
Our high school didn't have a computer, but my math teacher knew that
I didn't need to be in class and let me go to the math office lots of
times to practice on the same thing or something similar. But it was during
4th period, our school's lunch period. I'd most often ditch out for 3
lunches and see everyone instead.
Comment from E-mail:
Have you ever seen one of these? Ever wire one? I'm 44 now, and since
we are of the same vintage, I suspect we might have both started out on
such a kit. After all the years of dedicated geekdom, wonkhood & nerdism;
through mainframes, minis, wans, lans, and now the hot rod PC's the thrill
has never worn off.
My current fantasy is to Freon cool my Athlon 700 and crank it to 1.4Ghz.
To be able to sit by a lake and fish all day is mine. Well, I wouldn't
mind an extremely low power laptop computer that is wirelessly on the
internet at high speed (a'la T1) all the time everywhere. I doubt that
the machine has to be faster. I used to want that but don't have the need
now. Ultimately the network bandwidth should be at least 10 times that
of a T1 for reasonably full video.