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Letters-General Questions to Woz Answered  

 

For the most part, I've put the last 10 years into the local schools. But regarding Apple:

I wrote our first BASIC single handed, while designing the Apple I and Apple ][ computers and a ton of peripherals including the floppy and writing our mini-OS's and lots of support code. And don't forget that the Apple I was the first small computer ever to come with a keyboard and look like a typewriter. The Apple ][ was the third such one and was the first of this breed to be completely assembled, the first in a plastic case, the first with a cool switching power supply that permitted plastic, the first with a large DRAM capability, the first with color graphics, the first with hi-res, the first with sound, the first with paddles, the first with game commands in the BASIC, the first with BASIC in ROM, the second to use your free home TV (Apple I was first), and a few more important things that shaped personal computers forever. I did what Ed Roberts and Bill Gates and Paul Allen did and tons more, with no help. That's not clear yet.

,I did give a LOT of stock to early employees that had none because it was the right thing to do morally. I was determined to be an engineer and a good person and never a politician and never run a company and I achieved that. I only served at the bottom of Apple's org chart all these years. That covers the basics, other questions I have received are answered below in more depth.

  • Set 110
    - School Comments
  • Set 109
    -1st West Coast Computer Faire and a great prank
  • Set 108
    -A satisfied customer
  • Set 107
    -Future Goals, RISK vs. CISK, and Jeff Raskin
  • Set 106
    -Advice and pie
  • Set 105
    -All PCs are Macs?, Road to success
  • Set 104
    -On rejoining Apple, Employee Comments on Apple
  • Set 103
    -Playing Tetris
  • Set 102
    -Ex NASA engineer talks about Macs at NASA
  • Set 101
    -Simplifying life, e-mail
  • Set 100
    -Motorcycles, the "finger", fears
  • Set 99
    -Life and College
  • Set 98
    -Computer Stories
  • Set 97
    -Woz comments on the A&E Biography Special
  • Set 96
    -OSX, Money
  • Set 95
    -Jobs, the website, Motorola
  • Set 94
    -Apple ][ Background History
  • Set 93
    -Advice on Living in the Valley
  • Set 92
    -The new "Cube"

  • Set 91
    -Atari and Breakout, the Real Story
  • Set 90
    -Woz buys some shareware, "Thinking Different"
  • Set 89
    -Being a Good Person, The Rise and Fall of Apple
  • Set 88
    -Comments on being inducted to into the Inventor's Hall of Fame
  • Set 87
    -The Dot Com Mindset, The early Apple operating system
  • Set 86
    -US Festivals, Apple Logo, Apple Clones
  • Set 85
    -How a program works, Jobs differences
  • Set 84
    -Schools and Macs, kid's questions
  • Set 83
    -WozCam, OSX
  • Set 82
    -Woz helps a reader with his network
  • Set 81
    -Motorola and Apple, e-mail surges
  • Set 80
    -Poor Microsoft
  • Set 79
    -
    Apple clones, Angry Apple customer
  • Set 78
    -Woz and the Secret Service: "The infamous $2 bill incident"
  • Set 77
    -Naming of the Blue Box
  • Set 76
    -Woz.org comments, Powerbook suggestions
  • Set 75
    -The WozCam, Infinite Loop
  • Set 74
    -"Pirates", Apple in the Military
  • Set 73
    -Early Apple schematics, consumers and DV
  • Set 72
    -Everything about Jobs he made you afraid to ask
  • Set 71
    -Love, math and Bahai
  • Set 70
    -A readers success story
  • Set 69
    -THe single mouse button controversy
  • Set 68
    -Woz? Think Again, PC '76, G4 prices
  • Set 67
    -The Name Apple ; ), Kids and Electronics
  • Set 66
    -$666 for an Apple?,Ten Questions to Woz
  • Set 65
    -Bare board Apple, Kayaks
  • Set 64
    -Writing a book, Apple to the core
  • Set 63
    -Nintendo High Scores, Wozniak Name, Museum "Down Under"
  • Set 62
    -Education, Conformity, Banner ads
  • Set 61
    -Old equipment, Jobs Now, Heros
  • Set 60
    -Skulley, G4, Learning Electronics
  • Set 59
    -Money from Blue boxes, Lots on Hacking
  • Set 58
    -How many hours did you work?, Operating Systems, Drugs
  • Set 57
    -Extreme Mac Users, Postfix
  • Set 56
    -16 Questions, Did Jobs "Split" Apple
  • Set 55
    -Today's heros are rich, Linux
  • Set 54
    -US Festival, Integer BASIC
  • Set 53
    -Polish Jokes, Resigning from Apple
  • Set 52
    -Website, $2 Bill incident, Current Fantasy
  • Set 51
    -Plane Crash, Woz Cams
  • Set 50
    -Games,Tenet,
  • Set 49
    ARPANet, Captain Crunch

  • Set 48
    -Microsoft Rules
  • Set 47
    -Thoughts on OS8
  • Set 46
    Millenium 100, Interview with Woz
  • Set 45
    Jobs' "Reality Distortion Field", Pranks
  • Set 44
    Dell, Flying, Apple Logo, Path Apple took
  • Set 43
    Education, current activities
  • Set 42
    Honesty, Early HomeBrew schematics,
  • Set 41
    US Festival, Atari-Atari-Atari (is this Nolan?)
  • Set 40
    How I'd change the Apple, most important contributions of Apple
  • Set 39
    US Festival, getting idea for a computer
  • Set 38
    Thoughts on Apple's new OSX,
  • Set 37
    What created interest in technology, illegal Apple clone, Jobs/Woz:Lennon/McCartney
  • Set 36
    Original Apple schematic, BASIC, bigotry
  • Set 35
    Apple and fans, New uses for Apple ][
  • Set 34
    AOL, OSX, Macs & Graphics
  • Set 33
    Education, Magnet schools, jokes
  • Set 32
    Micorsoft, autobiography, e-mail
  • Set 31
    Apple stories
  • Set 30
    Microsoft monopoly, Apple in schools
  • Set 29
    Old Apple boxes
  • Set 28
    Microsoft, current computers in use
  • Set 27
    Woz philosophy, early schematics
  • Set 26
    LINUX, music, gaming
  • Set 25
    Jobs as CEO, learning electronics
  • Set 24
    Early computer days, LINUX
  • Set 23
    Egos,thoughts on Jobs and Gil Amelio and Skulley
  • Set 22
    Current comuter use, Breakout, engineering
  • Set 21
    Apple ][ System, Apple ][ stories
  • Set 20
    Wozcam, slashdot, Microsoft
  • Set 19
    Advice on skills
  • Set 18
    Parc Xerox, Apple service
  • Set 17
    Woz or Steve, Selling first Apple
  • Set 16
    Signature edition Apples, Hypercard
  • Set 15
    Apple Mac mouse button, life changes
  • Set 14
    Unusual telephone numbers
  • Set 13
    Current Apple involvement
  • Set 12
    Playing games in hospital, electronics
  • Set 11
    ANdy Hertzfeld, Newton, T.H.E. Spreadsheet
  • Set 10
    Jobs & Microsoft, Woz signature, computer games , US festival
  • Set 9
    Open Source Movement, Jobs, Breakout Atari, Hypercard
  • Set 8
    Sharing code, Xerox, can Jobs code, Newton Message Pad
  • Set 7
    New use for Apple ][, Apple ][ regrets, disabilities
  • Set 6
    What's next, switching from Mac, eMate, Bell & Howell
  • Set 5
    Feelings on the Mac, current Apple involvement, IBM computer use, "Triumph of the Nerds"
  • Set 4
    Jobs & Lisa, meeting first wife on dial-a-joke,
  • Set 3
    The infamous Blue Box, the BASIC language creation
  • Set 2
    Memories of Apple ][e, what HP calculators influenced the Apple, 20th anniversary Mac
  • Set 1
    Close encounters with Woz, thoughts on SPAM, US Festival, Sinclair computers.

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