Hello Mr. Wozniak it's an honor to write a message to you. I'm an italian
Mac user, and I'm reading a book about the story of Apple computer (Infinite
Loop by Michael S. Malone). It seems that this Steve Jobs has ever been
a problem for the Mac development and I'm doubtful about his projects
about this new Apple's gold era. Will it ends as usual, that after a period
of wellness Apple will fall again in disgrace or this time Steve Jobs
has really get the right direction on which to bring Apple and its fellows
believers? Please tell me wat do you think about it.
I think that as long as Steve keeps Apple running tightly and profitable,
all will be well. The newest products are innovative and exciting and
no other company is doing as much to make new changes. So I'm optimistic.
Even any foreseeable downturns would be very slight. Apple has 4 clear
product areas now (consumer laptop, consumer tower, professional laptop,
professional tower) and isn't as subject to customer fears as when there
was only one product with a lot of unclear variations. Also, there's a
lot of positive advances to come. We have more room to grow than Wintel.
Obviously the financial community agrees with all of this, as the stock
price is by far at it's highest ever.
I just installed IBM's Via Voice and when I went to run it, it told
me to adjust the Virtual Memory setting. Only trouble is that when I opened
the Memory control panel, Virtual memory was nowhere to be seen. What
happened to it? It used to be there!
Ouch, aren't computers nice?
You should try quicker fixes first. Some standard ones for the Macintosh
are to rebuild the desktop, reset the PRAM, and trash the Finder Prefs
file. You should find how to do these things in the troubleshooting book
that came with your computer, or in the Help menu.
If those don't work, you might reinstall the OS, or even buy and install
a more recent OS. This takes very little time and no thinking and can
fix some things.
The worst thing is that sometimes system files get corrupted. You can
perform a "Clean Install" to create a new System Folder. It should work
properly, but won't have all the system pieces left over from other programs
that you installed. You either have to reinstall these pieces or move
them over (which requires some experience) from the prior System Folder,
which is saved when you do a Clean Install on a Macintosh. This is a somewhat
painful step but it virtually always works.
The worst case of all might be if you have some 3rd party software that
disables Virtual Memory. For example, RAM Doubler might do this, as it
supplies an alternate method of Virtual Memory. I'm not sure what Via
Voice says about this.
Good luck. Computers don't always work the way they should. But nothing
with wires does all the time.
Are WozCam and ValleyCam in different time zones? It is Sunday morning
10:03 in Harrisburg, PA and WozCam says it's 7:12:33 and ValleyCam says
Excellent of you to note this. I'll check on it when I get time and am
in the office where both cams are.
I ASSUME that WozCam and ValleyCam are both in California.?
The other Cams Took too long to load so I couldn't check them.
The ClassCam is down and the ArcadeCam may not be functioning (the server
may need a kick, I haven't checked on it in months).
Interesting site, as I often wondered what happened to the other Steve.
Got here through reading a Motley Fool newletter.
to have an Apple II Plus, gave it away 5 years ago to my neighbors kids.
Still have a Mac 512ke, with Dove 2 Meg upgrade, although I seldom use
it I have it up and connected to a Roland Electric piano and keep thinking
I'll really get into "Practica Musica" with it now as one of my retirement
I've been into PC support since 1986, and have 3 PC clones at home now
thinking of getting an iMac. Probably the plain vanilla, er blueberry
It's hard to find anyone that regretted such a move.
Do you agreee with me (and all the other Apple loyalists, for that
matter) that Windows (and Microsoft, and anything connected to Microsoft,
and/or Bill Gates) absolutely blows? I think that Wintel should (must?)
be stopped before they take over the world, and I think that you creation
will be very important in reaching that goal. Please respond with your
comments on the matter. Josh, 13.
I think that the anti-Microsoft sentiment is simply due to their having
been so successful selling a lot of crap. They have done some good things
though, even for the Macintosh. But they are a company that has been as
bad a guy as any monopoly could be, not a good guy. I don't trust them
with the future in their current form.
Then again, you
can sense that Apple's recent Operating Systems favor Microsoft (browser,
email) over Netscape and AOL. AOL has even been left out of Apple's AirPort
Base Station and out of the most recent version of MacOS that ships with
Macintosh computers. This just catches my attention. Why leave AOL totally
out of the System CD's? The Apple-Microsoft connection might be stronger
than we think.
To be honest,
I trust AOL even less than Microsoft, due to the worst support imaginable
from them and due to atrocious acts on their part like disconnecting accounts,
including ones that were in no way misused, and giving no simple remedy.
They also disconnected a lot of accounts over the years and notified the
account user (students), but not the billed party (myself). So they didn't
notify the person who could give them the new credit card expiration date.
Also, it took me almost a year to break down my accounts so that I could
see how much each one was being paid, user by user, and they never did
give me the usage time per user. So I couldn't even find out whom that
I was paying for accounts were actually using them. I'm sorry, but my
rage against AOL is much stronger than against Microsoft.
I finished reading Michael Malone's book "Infinite Loop" and having
never read anything on the history of Apple before this book am really
astonished at your accomplishments. I'm sure you've heard this before
so I'm not going to repeat the many things you've done for computers.
The question I have is do you think Michael Malone's representation of
you is accurate? I know you are a nice guy and have done wonderful things
for children at schools, but Malone made you out as an overgrown child
that couldn't think on his own. I thought that it was a little false when
I read it. Any comments on this would be greatly appreciated.
I get the many Apple books confused but I believe that this is one that
was totally shortsighted and wrong about me and my contributions. It seemed
to have been written from a lack of first hand info in these areas, so
what do you expect? Most of the Apple books are this way. I just don't
often read them. They are also pretty boring to me.
I wasn't even
going to watch "Pirates of Silicon Valley" for this reason, expecting
the same early day inaccuracies, but I saw the movie by accident when
my wife wanted to see it. Hey, you know that any story you read is very
wrong if it doesn't bring me out as a fun loving and excited engineer
impressing people with my designs, and choosing to design what I dreamed