Comment from E-mail:
Was the Apple II also available as a bare single board?
Yes, briefly. I insisted on this to satisfy things I'd said to a club at
Hughes in Southern California. But I didn't care that Apple kept it so low
profile and unadvertised that nobody would really order it this way except
a few at the very start, including my friends at Hughes.
Hi, I heard that the Apple II computer was also available as a single
board version (like the Apple I), and that basically you offered it as
a low cost solution to someone who couldn't afford the Apple II with case.
Is this true? If so, I imagine it was a battle with Steve Jobs to make
the single board computer available. I know of a former Apple employee
who claims to have one, I was wondering if there was any way to tell it
apart from the normal Apple II? How many were made?
I think that the price was $500. I insisted that it be very low in this
You could tell it from a standard Apple II as it had no plastic case.
I ran into one of your old friends the other day in Tacoma. She had
a little bit to say about all of you.. It was fascinating. Hey, did you
really have a kayak in your living room? :)
Uh, yes. But what friend? About the only one I can think of from the days
at Berkeley when I was using the name "Rocky Racoon Clark" would be Katherine
Johnson. The kayak is due to my wife of the time, Candi Clark, whom I
had met at Apple, being an avid kayaker. She raced them in the Olympics
(Montreal) and won a world whitewater championship as well.
Hey Woz, I always wondered why the court ruled in Microsoft's favour
regarding the "look-and-feel" of Windows versus macOS. When Apple tried
to sue Atari, Atari backed off and stripped out a lot from their desktop
in fear of a lawsuit. But how come Microsoft got away with it? Also, when
was the lawsuit: 1989?
Although Apple represented the case as a 'look and feel' copyright issue,
the Judge ruled that we'd licensed the rights to this technology to Microsoft
due to the wording of an agreement where Apple claimed that it was only
licensing the technology for one version of Windows. The phrasing was
"and derivative works..." or some such thing. Apple had agreed to this
in order to get key Microsoft apps for the Macintosh from Microsoft. At
least, that's my understanding of things.
I remember hearing at one time that you were demonstrating the Apple
][ for some perspective investors and something happened to the computer
to cause Basic to be erased, and you typed in the assembly code for integer
basic from memory. Is this true? If so...I must admit I am still quite
impressed with that feat.
I was preparing the first mini OS code for a floppy drive to be shown
at CES in Las Vegas in 1979. I accidentally copied my empty floppy onto
the good one. I recovered the code in the morning.
I would type in the hexadecimal (base 16) code for integer BASIC off of
paper, where I'd written it. This would be impossible to do from memory.
I doubt that you will ever get the chance to read this, but what the
I have never owned an Apple. I went from a Sinclair, back in the mid 80's,
to a couple of Commodore 64's, and finally to PC's. I now have a basement
full of equipment glommed over the years. I really love computers. They
have become the passion of my life.
What they have done to reshape the world is truly amazing. I just wanted
to say thanks for the major contribution you have made to this technology.
I just found a website called www.hungersite.com. It redirects profit
motive to feed the world. Every time someone visits, the hits recorded
are used as an enticement to secure advertisers who pay to feed the hungry.
What a transformation of profit motive! Computers and the Internet have
the power to fundamentally reshape the world. You helped to do that. I'm
jealous. Wish it was me...
I did read it, even though I'm at the busiest period of my life and am
more behind on critical things than ever before. I have dozens of important
emails stacked up that I intend to answer, unless they become too 'old'.
I have uninstalled equipment everywhere right now too. I have dozens of
pitches to handle and appearance requests and I have some already agreed
to speeches and things (reading to an elementary school this week) in
the near future. I'm rehearsing every day for a high school play that
I'm in, so I get further behind each day. I have barely time to read email
until 4 AM every night, and have to answer them much shorter than normal.
I just picked yours to say this so that I can post it on my web page in
hopes that others understand my dilemma. I don't have much of a life with
3 hours of sleep a night.