Steve, I wrote you on Saturday about the Blue Box naming and OSX potential.
I was wondering if you could help me out on another item? I was told that
I could send suggestions to Apple for improvements to the systems and
would be contacted back by them (as they review these suggestions monthly).
To date I have sent several e-mails and have not received any responses.
Do you know of an e-mail address I can reliably get a response from?
My hunch would be that Apple would not want such suggestions, to avoid
people later saying that something logical that Apple did was their own
Hi, I live in south of France and just watched "Pirates of SV". I 've
been quite disapointed with the film. It left me a bad taste in the mouth,
don't know why. I always hated Microsoft ways.
Well, Microsoft became a big winner, selling crap that didn't respect
the humans that want computers to work well and easily. Well, they had
all the clones insuring low hardware pricing (and little differentiation)
and won based on market share. Also, they had a big starting push with
the IBM association, which got them accepted into big business, who didn't
like the contrary image presented by Apple. Well, there are a lot of reasons
to have a bad taste, but recent abuses of their controlling monopoly position
is not healthy and doesn't make the taste any better.
I'm 30 now but my first computer was an apple II in 1980, then in 1984
I've been lucky enough to live whith a Mac 512. It changed my life, and
now I can't live without my Mac, I feel stupid sometimes ! I read a lot
on Apple history, products and so on.I always thought that only Steve
Jobs came to the PARC and saw the object interface. In the film we see
a graphical interface as powerfull as the MacOS 6. Was it as finished
as it's presented in the film ? Also, Thanks Woz, for everything. I really
Less in most ways, including a lot of research is to which GUI aspects
worked most intuitively to people that wanted to use a computer more than
learn how to.
Do you still keep in touch with Jobs, has he mellowed with age?
Yes, I keep in touch, but not full time. He seems to have mellowed and
be more understanding, but I always saw him that way. I never saw his
Do you still tinker with electronics, I've started playing with the ADB
I/O gizmo from beehive..sure is fun to make motors turn at will..
I wish I had the time, just for the sake of my kids to have gotten into
Do you still fly?
No, maybe some day if I have enough time and little else to do. But I
might find it more enjoyable to ride a motorcycle again in that case...
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat and 3 Bishons Frise dogs. I love dogs to death.
If you hadn't gotten into computers what would have you done otherwise?
Designed radio circuits or been a teacher.
You are a great guy; I have read of your volunteer efforts in the past
and appreciate that which you have done (and continue to do) for others.
But 10 hours answering email????? Do some mass market interviews (or not)
and get on with more important things in your life, like friends you can
see (literally) and family. It seems like such a waste to spend so much
time this way.
When I really get in trouble is when the email approaches 24 hours a day.
I have to change things soon. Sometimes I get ahead of the ball and the
demand on my time goes down, but I have to find a way to keep it down.
I don't want to hire someone to type answers for me, I'm too 'real' for
that. So I'll have to tone down the web site soon, or maybe things will
get better on their own.
I also spend a
bit of my time on some technical email lists where I can help people there.
My fiance read an article about military technology in Russia that
offered Apple Computer as a counter-example to all the people that claim
that the military is the biggest instigator of technological innovation.
The author claimed that the creators of Apple designed the computer with
the idea that it could help to organize the anti-war movement. I know
that Apple was formed a couple of years after the war ended, but beyond
that I had never heard the connection before. Could you shed any light
The Homebrew Computer Club, out of which my computer development was inspired,
had a number of members that had come from anti-war protest movements
where the key problem they had encountered was the lack of quick organizing
ability. They envisioned computer bulletin boards or internet like uses
of small computers to help spread the word and organize quickly.
think that this thought was widespread, among people or technicians, and
I don't think that it was a real factor in the growth and popularity of
computers. It's just a great after-effect that now we have the great organizing
I had a strong personal anti-war sentiment myself, and sympathized with
this need, it had nothing to do with designing the Apple Computers or
starting the company.