Looking for info - En-link Ethernet card for the Apple II

From: Ethan Dicks <ethan_dicks_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Tue Jun 26 08:45:51 2001

--- Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com> wrote:
> Yeah, I can't imagine any organization in 1984 would be so serious about
> the Apple ][ that they'd be spending $1,250 for an ethernet card for each
> Apple ][ to build a network of them.

My sarcasm detector is pinging madly, but I wanted to add that this same
organization probably also bought the Apple ][ mouse available about the
same timeframe for over $250! It was an original 9-pin boxy Mac mouse
and an Apple card. We added support for it for our line of children's
software sold through Reader's Digest - Micro Mother Goose and (not sure
since I didn't work on the product personally) Micro Habitats. The mouse
was flat out the best controller for our "London Bridgeout" game within
Micro Mother Goose.

Just 'cuz ethernet cards are $9 now and mice sell for as little as $1 doesn't
mean they always did. You gotta remember the 1% rule (although it applies
more to systems than peripherals) - ten years later, you can get a computer
for 1% of its original purchase price. There are exceptions, of course, and
much later, say, twenty years, it's not as cheap as 1% anymore, but that's
due to scarcity and eBay fever.


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