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Comment from E-mail:
I wonder if you remember one morning fifteen years ago. You and Andy Hertzfeld were at a Pizza Hut demoing a Mac in Lower Hutt New Zealand. I was thirteen at the time and had to travel quite a long way to see you. I still have the invitation.
Woz:
Yes, that was quite a trip for us. I had appeared before the Wellington Macintosh user's group before, as their 'Patron'. Andy made it even more special. I have many wonderful memories of having been there.

One day I received a tongue in cheek invitation to give a midnight speech on Christmas or New Year's at a Pizza Hut to the Apple user group in Wellington. They'd sent it in jest, knowing that it would be ignored. Instead, I phoned them and said I'd be there.

One great memory was of buying 4 California Redwood tree seedlings at the SFO airport. Upon arriving in New Zealand, the customs officials were quite taken by the fact that I'd declared 'trees'. So I pulled out two of the seedlings, acting quite honest. They confiscated these, but I got the other two in.

I also remember a guy who had done many great things for New Zealand's TV with an Apple ///. His name was, coincidentally, Ian Macintosh, I believe.

I noted that Wellington got some fame in recent years for an amazing thrill ride, "Fly by Wire." I had read about it and almost made a trip to try it once (from Auckland) but bad weather and other things interfered. At least I got to see this ride on MTV's "Real World" one day.

I was very shaken when I heard in a later year that the helicopter pilot who had flown me to sheep ranch excursions on the South Island, and who had strong user group connections (he may have been a member), had been killed while on an emergency helicopter rescue run at sea.

Comment from E-mail:
Do you still have a copy of the Apple I schematics? If you do, is possible you could scan them and put them on your web site? (I'd ask you to send them to me directly, but you don't have the time and 100,000 people doing the same) If you could do this it would be pretty nice of you.
Woz:
I'm too busy to look for one, if I have one in storage, but I know that they have such things as this at the Stanford Unversity 'Apple Papers' collection, in the Green Library.

Comment from E-mail:
There was a guy who wrote a letter to you and he said he had an Apple I and was pleading with his wife not to throw it away. Well in your response you said something along the lines of 'if you're going to throw it away then send it to me because I need one.' A while back you said you had a couple out in your shed or garage but didn't want to dig them out. Why would need another one?
Woz:
Well, technically I don't really 'need' one.

Comment from E-mail:
My name is Ben Greenfield and i'm teaching myself computer history through what can be purchased on ebay. i recently recieved an evaluation kit for the fairchild f8 microprocessor and i notice that it has very similar specs as the MOStek 6502, i wonder what drove your choice for that early processor. my guess is availability, but i would love to have your input.
Woz:
All the processors were about equal then, as they always are. They all ran at about the same speed with instruction set differences. The latest processor is generally the best one. The 6502 had architectural advantages that appealed to myself, with several addressing modes, most importantly with indexing. But the real reason I chose it is that I was able to get it.

There weren't stores or catalogs or places to buy a microprocessor. Intel's price for a single 8080 was about $800. That's probably like $4000 today. I just didn't have it. I was getting ready to buy a Motorola 6800 for $40 (as a Hewlett Packard employee) and designed my computer for it. But the 6502 got introduced and was superior and was pin compatible and was sold over the counter at the Wescon show in San Francisco for $25. I bought a couple and so did many of my friends. I didn't have to fill out any forms or agree to credit. I just forked over the cash (to Chuck Peddle and his wife) and walked away with my first microprocessor.

Comment from E-mail:
Why is it that you have kept your beard for so long?
Woz:
To get an extra couple of minutes a day for email...

Comment from E-mail:
What are you impressions of consumers and DV. I just read an article from from PC Magazine that discounts DV for the consumer market. The nut of the article is that DV editing is too time consuming and difficult. I have created a few iMovies and placed them on the web and found it to be very fun and easy. What's you take on this new trend?
Woz:
Too time consuming and difficult? Not compared to any alternative. We do take the time to arrange pictures into nicely arranged and decorated albums. Not all of us, but it's nice for those that do. Well, DV editing has to be pretty easy. iMovie from Apple is this easy. You don't do much more than just arrange things and add easy captions. That equates to photo albums pretty well as far as simplicity.


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