Q From e-mail:
I know you have spoken about the blue box to quite an extent. I know for
a fact that it does stilwork on certain phones, ie. ones with out the
volume control button. I have seen it work 6 years ago, and I know a guy
who called me up using it. It's rather interesting to hear the computer
operator say Thank You for Using AT&T. However, I'm not sure if you made
it aware to people on here that it is both a felony to make a blue box
and a felony to use one. I'm not saying that the law is right or wrong.
I'm just giving the facts, and that people should probably not be all
that open or at least be careful about using these things. Felonies are
not something you want on your record. Anyway, today's blue boxes can
be made with the 6.5536 mhz radio crystal I believe and a radio shack
tone dialer. You merely substitute the existing radio crystal with the
new one by some soldering and alterations to the the little box. I thought
I'd share that. Post and edit as necessary. Keep up the good work.*
Good comments. The best guide is that you probably won't get off lightly
if caught, and it's not guaranteed safe anywhere. I've heard of people
being caught one week after a random person mentioned that new equipment
was going in which would detect blue boxes.
Q From e-mail:
There's some thought provoking stuff here on your site, but living in
the UK, where we don't get free local calls it kinda gets a bit heavy
on the phone bill staying on line and reading, so i had a thought and
you can poo poo this if you want, but how about a plain text version of
all the comments that can be printed out, a terrible waste of trees i
know, but then i could show some of this stuff to people without Internet
Connection's, which is most of the people over here.
I love the
website, keep up the good work and all the best for the future, Budgester
P.S. I'm now
working in computers primarily because my dad (an engineer) bought a VIC
20 when i was about 9 and we spent a lot of time together messing around
I printed out most of the notes that I posted and it's a very thick stack
and not suitable for copying and mailing. When I catch up, I'll look into
organizing the web pages so as to make it easier to find the most recent
Q From e-mail:
I was in Barnes & Noble last night and stumbled onto a book by Gil
Amelio which detailed his "500 days at Apple." I think his book was called
"On the Firing Line." Anyway, given my interest in reading your comments
in the wake of "Pirates," I looked up references to you. In one, he recounts
your explanation of the Woz/Jobs friendship rift. He asserts that you
told him that way back in the 70s, before the Apple I, you were working
on something for Atari with Jobs. You did all of the work, and you and
Jobs were supposed to get $1000. When you produced the product, Jobs gave
it to Atari and came back to you with $300, saying all he got from them
was $600. You didn't find out until the mid-eighties thatJobs actually
did get $1000, and he ripped you off. Can you confirm this story?
I don't like to stir up old
things that carry a negative note, but Steve was actually paid more like
$3000 or $5000 or something. Nolan Bushnell, who paid him, gave the amount
in a recent book, "Silicon Valley Guys." I was actually sort of thankful
that Gil got it wrong, because it didn't sound as attrocious as it really
To clarify, this happened before
Apple, when Steve and I were best friends with little to our names. Steve
said we'd split it 50/50. If he'd just said that I could have $50 for
doing it I would have done it anyway for the fun and honor of designing
an arcade game.
You can see why I cried deeply
when I found out the truth. I get hurt and cry very easily when people
don't treat others well, or when the "right" thing isn't happening. Also,
Steve doesn't remember the incident this way, so consider another possibility:
that those saying the payment was large could be remembering it incorrectly.
This is old stuff, and it's best not to use it as an indicator of Steve
Q from E-mail:
Gil Amelio also says in his
book, that Jobs did not like you coming back to Apple even as an unpaid
consultant, and that at a public event, Jobs wouldn't even be on the same
stage as you. If these comments about Jobs are true, I think you are treating
him with kid gloves in the responses on your Web site concerning his character.
My brief appearance at Apple
was more honorary than anything else. Steve probably didn't feel that
I had valuable things to contribute in a "working" sense and that the
honorary welcome was inappropriate. Just nuts-and-bolts business.
I know that some others felt
that my presence had some merit. My own feeling is that I didn't interfere
with anyone and that my slight presence did have some value, partly because
it symbolized the specialness of this company.
I don't worry about who I'm
on a stage with but I could see reasons why Steve might care more about
public things being done properly. In many cases, my presence might be
a distraction from him or the business at hand.
I am extremely honest in answers
to questions. That's why I avoid the press and questions and would also
be a problem in running a corporation. I avoid personal conflicts and
I avoid attacking people's characters. Why should I bring turmoil into
my happy life?
Q from E-mail:
I've been meditating on the
movie. My question is, did you give the best demo to your employers who
had the non-competition agreement (offering them first ownership onanything
you created). Ordid you deliberately blunder the demo in hopes they wouldn't
I didn't want to start Apple.
I loved Hewlett Packard and my job there. I tried my hardest to get them
to go this way. A couple of my immediate bosses were very supportive in
this. The lab manager was three levels above me. He was not pooh-poohing
the market, as the movie shows. He was very much swayed. It's just that
the early computer wasn't complete and finished enough to be a true Hewlett
At the time, I would much rather
have had this project at HP than start Apple to do it. I'm sorry in one
sense that they didn't go for it. I had a sort of shyness or anxiety disorder
that wouldn't have let me dare risk anything akin to engineering piracy
(from HP in this case).