The PC's Soviet?

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Wed Apr 22 09:21:15 1998

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Doug Spence wrote:
> There were all kinds of small Apple cloners around, with various Apple
> variety and fruit names ("Granny Smith", "McIntosh", "Pear", etc.). The
> only obvious differences between most of these machines and an actual
> Apple ][+ was the lack of the Apple logo, and usually the presence of
> lower case display (though not necessarily the shift-key mod, which my
> machine lacks). Some had additional stuff, though, like function keys and
> slightly differently shaped cases. Or maybe a different colour of
> plastic.
> Maybe I should start collecting Apple clones, seeing as I see them more
> frequently than actual Apples (clones were more affordable).

I think the clones are more interesting than the real Apples at this
point. They are more varied and in most areas are less common. More
importantly they do have a historical significance.

> So the Soviets pirated the Apple ][, who didn't?
> A shame about the price, though. Why pirate the Apple if your clone is
> going to be even MORE expensive than the real thing?

I think the reason they were so expensive is because the parts required to
build them (chips & stuff) were so hard to obtain that they demanded a
premium price.

> BTW, my clone fell ill a while ago, and I've replaced it with a genuine
> Apple //e (the clone is back in its original box). Thanks to
> depreciation, the //e was *much* less expensive than the clone was. And
> it even had an additional 256K RAM card in it (now populated up to 512K).
> :)
> Too bad the //e won't work with any of my Z80 cards. :/

Hmmm...why is that? What do you get when you boot it up? I guess it
could be your Z-80 card. I used to have problems running my Microsoft
Softcard //e with my Transwarp II because of some bus conflict I imagine.

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