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The following five comments are from the same letter about Woz's shareware registration with his comments interjected in the response letter.

Comment from E-mail:

Imagine my surprise upon receiving the following note from KAGI: "Payment fee received: Site Licenses for Tex_Edit_Plus, Eliza, Azile... Registered-To: Steve Wozniak..." My wife, children, and several pets ran into the room "to see what was wrong" with me.
Woz:
I always pay generously for ShareWare that I use or that is deserving. I plan to teach AppleScript to 7th graders this summer and want some good apps to use it with. I also want to look at Tex Edit and compare it to other SimpleText substitutes.

It's always nice to have an Eliza around. A year ago a friend of mine in Indiana wrote some AOL scripts to intercept IM's with Eliza responding automatically. It was funny to see how far people would go, thinking that they were talking to someone real.

Comment continued:
I would like to express my gratitude for your generous support. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your well-deserved induction to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. (Very cool indeed!)
Woz:
It is cool. It's a place that I can get in and a lot of others can't. It rewards me for the most important things in my life, my designs and all, that I worked so hard at and was very good at. A lot of awards are more for the successful business of Apple, but that wasn't 'my thing'.

Comment continued:
I have nothing but fond memories of my Apple ][+. The day that my 16K "language card" arrived was the happiest day of my life! (Okay, maybe I should place it slightly below my wedding day and the birth of my daughters, but it was definitely near the top.)
Woz:
I'm glad that you have positive feelings and memories of Apple. Confidentially, a few things were worth more than that to me, and of course the birth of my first was one of them.

Comment continued:
Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I brag to my friends about this. I take pride in keeping my registration lists inviolably private, but a registration from one of my "heroes-of-all-time" is a little hard to keep to myself.
Woz:
No problem. I live always lived as though everything I do is public. That way I only tend to do good things. So my life is relatively open. My web site has a cam on my office too.

Comment continuedl:
(BTW, if this registration turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by Bob, my clever-but-dangerous friend in Fort Worth, please accept my apologies for cluttering your mailbox.)
Woz:
Ha! I did have you going...Bob...


Comment from E-mail:
I have tried to model my site after the late wbs.net before it was bought out by infoseek. I am not some corporate PR guy or a scam artist. I don't have a lot of money so my site doesn't have all the festures I hope it will. I am 14 years old(please don't ignore my message because of my age). My site is currently being hosted on my siblings' friend's server in his dorm room(http://www.ringworld.org). My site isn't completely finished and I have a few bugs to fix. I think the realtime chat will provide a better way to meet other mac users than msg boards and web pages(though these are great they are static). Chat provides a much more personal way to communicate. Any ways I was wondereing if there would be any way to set up a live chat. Where users could come and talk to you as opposed to at you. I realize you probalby are very busy but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask. What better way to unite mac users than with the man who started it all.
Woz:
I like the idea, but I'm certainly not available for anything of this type for quite a while. My life got really messed up for about a year due to accepting way too many things that took my time away from important and critical personal projects, including keeping computer things up to date as much as I'd like. Well, I have to pull way back for quite a while in order to get to some things that I really want to do. I said "no" so firmly for about 3 months that I managed to free myself enough to teach classes this summer, which is the greatest pleasure for me.

I can't let the overloading happen again.

Comment from E-mail:
I read in one of the questions that you get something crazy like 200 e-mails a day, and I hate to add to the problem, but I'll try and be breif. The reason I buy Apple compuers is mainly because of what I read in "Fire In The Valley" and saw in "Pirates Of Silicon Valley" Steve Jobs adversion to evil corporate folk, and the fact that Apple stands for art, and diversity. I look at you as a brilliant revolutionary, and am excited that because of the technology you have founded, I have the oppurtunity to communicate with who could be the greatest revolutionary of our time. But, I digress. My question is this, did any of Jobs's "Think Different" thinking ever rub off on you, or were you pretty much just around because you dug making computers? I won't bother you anymore! Thanks for your time....
Woz:
I'm not sure what you're saying. I designed computers differently than ever before. I used design tricks that were like amazing magic. I did this all on my own. I thought of making a keyboard a standard part of a computer before anyone else. I included color, graphics, hi-res, paddles, sound, BASIC in ROM, graphics commands in the BASIC and much more for the first time ever. Steve came along and saw the popularity of my design and said that we should start selling it (PC boards) for $40 each.

You obviously see something else in the phrase "think different" but I'd appreciate it if you'd explain it to me.

Comment from E-mail:
Hi there, My name is Matt Tracy and I live in Boulder, Colorado and I have been a fan of apple for almost 10 years and I am 14. I am a very big fan. I just wanted to know, Why did you leave Apple? I thouht that you would stay and make more computers. Make the Macintosh better or something. I couldn't send this through the regular thing. Also If it is OK with you I would like to send you a Apple II manual that I have in my colection of Apple Stuff. Also if you could get Steve Jobs to sign my Macintosh Manual. I would pay for all fees. But if you can't that is fine. Also that you and Steve Jobs are the biggest influence to me writing Programs for the Mac. My Home page is down but I will have it fixed soon Thank you So So so much
Woz:
Thanks for your open letter. I decided from the very start to be an engineer and programmer but not to get involved in management or running a company. After a certain time, my engineering role no longer seemed critical to the company. It was hard to find projects that were outside the constrictive modes that this better managed company had come to implement. So it didn't excite me as much as things that I really want to do myself. My heart will always be in Apple first, but I have a lot of fun and laughter playing with technology, meeting people, teaching computer classes, running networks and servers, and much more.

Comment from E-mail:
Dear Steve, After reading a letter awhile back about whether you liked Macs or PCs better and some of the coments on your webpage I find that you think a lot like me. The biggest advantage we Mac users have is our sense of community. Unfortunately many mac users may be surrounded by PCs everywhere and see themselves as the only mac user. While the internet has greatly helped unite us I think it could do more. That's why I started a website called Fort Mac. It is going to be an exclusive mac online community with msgboards, live chat, and other services. Now just for the record this is not an advertisement. I do not intend on spaming you or any others. Please keep reading.
Woz:
Generally, I'm in a strong Macintosh area. I have lots of friends that like and use Macintosh computers. So I have a lot more community than those that have to be alone out of dozens of other people with PC's. It makes me want to help these people with Macintosh support and knowledge and direction whenever I can. Those that are among many regular Macintosh users and experts have it a lot better off.


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