Apple I programs

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Mon Sep 8 23:57:00 2003

On Mon, 8 Sep 2003, Mail List wrote:

> > However, Ismail warned the replica would not appeal to everyone.
> > There's a very limited library of software for the machine.
> > Most Apple I software was written by hobbyists and never published
> > commercially. And what programs there are will have to be typed in
> > by hand -- in Basic or assembly code.
> So perhaps you could put out a call to Apple I hobbyists that had written
> programs, and ask that they make them public domain, and host a
> library of them available for download on your web site?

I guess journalists learn in journalism school that they always have to
throw in a caveat to make a story "balanced" or something. The reporter
asked me what would be a downside of the replica and I had to make
something up.

The fact that there is no software is really not an issue. The reality is
that if you find hacking on a primitive 6502 machine fun then you'll have
fun. Otherwise, you'll play with it a few times, shrug off the novelty
very quickly, and then put it up on your shelf where it will gather dust.
This is really just one of those "cool for a few moments" sort of things,
but I wasn't going to rain on Vince's parade by saying that for the

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