Bad Feelings...

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Sun Jun 22 19:13:49 1997

On Sun, 22 Jun 1997, A.R. Duell wrote:

> I can understand why the Apple ][ has a significant following - it was a
> machine that was 'open', that hackers could get inside, etc. But I also
> know that it's not a good piece of hardware design, and thus don't put it
> high up my list of interesting machines.

Ok, now you're getting downright insulting! :)

On the contrary, the Apple ][ is such an interesting machine BECAUSE of
the tricks the Woz used to arrive at the design. Sure its got some
terrible features, especially the graphics, but they could all be
overcome with clever software tricks, and that's why (in my opinion of
course) the best programmers came from the Apple ][ realm. You HAD to be
good. Whatever it was about the Apple ][, it still lives on today and
enjoys a healthy user base. I still have mine sitting in a corner that I
still fire up for various reasons (moslty nostalgia and to make copies of
software for people). However, once I get around to imnplementing my
grand network scheme in my office, my Apple will actually be a server on
the network (via serial) that I can access to pull old files off my
Sider][ harddrive. And that, incidentally, will require some clever

Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
Received on Sun Jun 22 1997 - 19:13:49 BST

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