Got the Apple I, a Mac Iici and a PFOL (First off line non serial number)
Iifx for you-all are in working order!. There is no ship to address on
your org site anywhere. BTW, thanks for being so kind to my rants below.
I kind of flew off the handle cause this DOJ thing has me ticked. I hate
the government meddling in technology it will get bad for all of us. I
told a local Mac User President that I sent you the e-mail and that you
actually responded, and were very kind considering my tone. Again sorry!
Anyway, he asked me if I thought you'd consider a visit to their User
Group. I have no idea why he asked me, surely there has to be somebody
in their group who would have a better idea than i... all I did was send
you a rude e-mail. Anyway... let me know if I can tell them that it is
something you'd consider or not. Also let me know where to ship the gear.
[this is a follow up letter
to this letter, top of page]
You can ship whatever to me at 16400 Blackberry Hill Road, Los Gatos,
CA 95032. I certainly appreciate it. I'm glad to take these off your hand,
especially the worthy Apple I. Tonight the History Channel started a "History's
Lost and Found" episode including the very first Apple I.
I don't try to say that I'm right and someone else is wrong. I know that
I'm not perfect. We're all human. It's possible that you're as right as
I am. My opinion in the case of the DOJ suit was just from my understanding
of anti-trust laws. I hate the government and they shouldn't meddle in
technology. But the DOJ seems to be working for the little guys in this
case. It's like they are meddling in business, not technology.
I've never said that Microsoft got to the point of holding technological
advances back, as ATT did long ago. I use a lot of Microsoft products.
But they did, in my opinion, get a lot of credit and control that other
companies deserved on a fair playing field. This is primarily in reference
to Netscape, but there are many small company victims as well. Stock prices
reflect expected future earnings, not current ones. Anti-trust actions
can be taken to prevent a future market stagnation that hasn't yet occurred.
Most people feel that any sort of Microsoft breakup will not negatively
affect technology and will not financially harm Microsoft or it's shareholders.
Some see the price of Microsoft stock going up in the event of some sort
Comment from E-mail:
I live in Minnesota-that where the Mini'Apples Mac User Group is.
While at Apple I was always a huge friend to user groups especially in
MN, MI and OH.
Do you and Jobs ever have coffee or anything? I talk with Guy Kawasaki
occasionally and I know they don't see eye to eye. Based upon a couple
e-mail threads I had with him while at Apple, and the way he treated a
couple other folks at Apple, I don't think he has a lot of close friends...
well other than Ellison and other filthy rich guys.
Yes, I talk to Steve from time to time. I'm one of the few that Steve
has always treated well. Most of us appreciate well intentioned colleagues
but Steve seems to demand something more of a lot of people. I recently
read a great set of points by General Colin Powell about leadership qualities
of CEO's and it fit Steve perfectly. I guess a lot of CEOs see things
in him that we call negatives as positives. It's partly an outcome of
the capitalist system as to which personal traits do better in business.
My traits are better suited to be a teacher, or maybe an engineer.
Comment from E-mail:
Lastly, you did a great thing with the Apple. Being a hero to your
child is the best anybody should ever hope for! Touch!
With all of my children being teenagers (well, the 12 year old is mature),
it's hard to be a hero to them! They probably all think that I'm dumb
and slow and behind the times. I sure can't play games equally with them,
or follow more than about one school class per year with them. I suspect
that you can only be a hero to your kids if you don't force them to decide
about it out loud. My dad is a hero to me, and I owe my values and engineering
abilities to him, but I wasn't conscious of this for most of my life.
I looked at the letters regarding how much work you and steve jobs
put into your project. It must have been hectic beyond belief and it's
truly an inspiration to see what you guys accomplished.
It was the greatest fun and times for both of us every day. We had total
authority over what we did and how we did it, we knew it was good and
valuable, and we got praised and rewarded by others and in press articles.
There was no thinking, at least on my part, to only do it because it would
make money--it was what I was good at and loved doing in my spare time
and what I'd have been doing somehow anyway.
Comment from E-mail:
My question to you is did you guys ever feel like giving up? Did you
ever think that maybe you were wasting your time and maybe it was time
to just settle with a good job at HP?
I didn't consider giving up designing to the same extent, but I did tell
Steve and Mike Markkula that I wouldn't leave Hewlett Packard, a company
that I truly loved and felt respected engineers. Eventually a friend convinced
me that I could start Apple and stay an engineer and not have to run a
business. Then I changed my mind.