Comment from E-mail

I found your web site through a series of events:
1) I read an article about Gary Kildall in Dr. Dobb's about a year or so ago

2) After the "finding of facts" in the Microsoft trail came out, there was generally two thoughts on the matter; Marketing people said "Ohh.. so it's OK to be successfull, but don't be too successfull etc. etc." while Engineers generally would say that Microsoft is a completely amoral company. Being an engineer myself I wrote a letter to ComputerWorld in Denmark, who printed my letter

3) I was approached, and challenged, by a co-worker about my views, and we started talking about who invented "Windows". I told him that a) Windows was created by RankXerox's PARC, b) it was succesfully tested and implemented by Apple and that c) Gary Kildall designed a lot of the stuff that Microsoft called MS-DOS.

4) I revisited the Dr.Dobb's article and saw that Gary (may he rest in peace) was "pissed" that Steve Jobs was known as Mr.Apple while You are known "only" by engineers.. So I started looking and found your site!
best regards..

Woz

That's kind of a short analysis of things, but in that many words is about as accurate as you can get in regard to the foundations of Windows. Don't forget that the first versions of Windows were built on top of DOS, a product that Microsoft didn't even create.

I, as many others, wish that Gary Kildahl had been in the place of Bill Gates. He was a very nice person and wanted the computer industry to proceed. I doubt that he would have pursued the monopolistic courses that Microsoft travelled.

Comment from E-mail

Hello, My name is Jason S, I would like to say that I really do admire you and your work, and if you wouldn't mine, I would like to ask you a few quesitons about Jobs and Gates:

First, how did you feel at the 1997 MacWorld Expo when Jobs announced a semi-merger with Microsoft? Next, What do you think of the Anti-trust case against Microsoft? Do you think its a monopoly or just an extremenly competitive company? Also, what do you think of Jobs being appointed interim CEO of Apple? Do you tink that the new iMac is the answer to the companies decline?

Woz

The1997 MacWorld Expo: In the sense which it is intended it's good. I'm non-confrontational for sure. But it was portrayed as Bill Gates cheering for Apple and that wasn't true

Regarding Microsoft: It's a monopoly. Microsoft has used it's monopoly powers in very bad ways. What if all the gas stations were owned by one company and they announced that they were modifying the nozzles to only fit their own brand of car? We'd have no choice and all the car companies would be out of business. If you're rich and don't like somebody who has a shoe store, you don't have the right to open a big shoe store across the street and price the shoes at half price just to put him out of business (and then be left with the rewards of a 'monopoly')

Jobs as CEO: At first I didn't like the fact that he would revive his own Next stuff within Apple, because some good Apple stuff would be shelved. But the products are great and leading the world to the future...Woz

Comment from E-mail

So glad I found a link to this site. I have a huge long story to tell you, but for now I just want to know one thing. How did you come up with the price of $666.66 for the Apple I kit?? Was this another one of your practical jokes, or was it arrived at by the cost in the product to make a reasonable profit? All the best to you, and long live the Mac!!! Cary

Woz

Steve Jobs arranged to sell the Apple I's for $500. We needed a suggested retail price. I think that he suggested $650 and I took it to $666, then $666.66. I have always been into repeating phone numbers. My dial-a-joke number at that time was 255-6666.

Neither of us had and bad ideas or even knew that 666 carries negative messages.

All terms: 666
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I remeber my first computer, an Apple ][+, with its all upprcase keyboard, in 1979 or 1980 (I don't remeber exatly) it was a gift from my parents. I kept with the Apple ][ for many years to come, finaly getting an Apple ][gs (ROM3 version). Now on mt my question :) Of the Apple ][ line wic did you think had the most personality?

I will add that after Apple droped the Apple ][ line I havent owend another Apple product until today when I placed my order for a Power Mac G4, I think I finally forgave them for going back on the Apple ][ 4 EVER slogan :)

Woz

Hey, Apple ][ does obviously go on forever, even if it's not a sold product. I think that the Apple ][c had the most personality. It was truly portable and, with an LCD screen, a great machine to use. I like things small and in front of me. I'm totally PowerBook oriented today.

Woz

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Is it okay to call you Woz, or do you prefer Steve? Either way, I just wanted to write to say that I like your site and all the information. More importantly, I wanted to thank you for all your significant contributions to computers, especially Apple products. You're like a living legend to me.

Woz

I've always gone by either Steve or Woz.

I only started being called Woz as we started Apple, as there were two Steve's. So Woz is the name most synonymous with Apple. My wife calls me Steve though, but she knew me back to 7th grade when I did go by Steve.

All terms: Thank You, Woz
Comment from E-mail

How do I contact Woz or his school? I would like to find out about elementary school curriculum.

Woz

Sorry, but I'm totally overloaded with email every day. My own computer classes take students from the local schools, including the local elementary school, but I have a very different curriculum than is appropriate for almost any other school. I buy totally new equipment and software to help my class run smoothly each year, without constant problems or excess work to take a wider range of equipment and needs into account.

All terms: Class, School
Comment from E-mail

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with you.

In 1984 I bought a Apple //c, and to this date I view it as one of the best computers I ever had. It was so easy to use, and it just has a look of quality!

While I am now using a 'PC' I still think that the //c was an awesome machine! I think you guys had a wonderful machine in the // series, and I was sad to see it go.

Also while I never had a //GS, I did get a chance to see one and I was amazed with it's beautiful graphics, and it amazing sound abilities!

I also liked the way you were shown in the movie. I thought you were shown as a kind and gentle person, someone whom I would like to meet someday.

I wish you the best in all that you do, and I hope that you are still creating new machines. Some day I would like to see you create the next Apple //!

Woz

Thanks for your generous remarks.
I'm glad that you liked the way that I was portrayed in the movie. I'm exactly like that. I can't understand how so many get so rich and forget about the few that were around joking with them and helping debug things from the start.

I especially liked my ][c, with an LCD panel to boot. It was so great and transportable.

All terms: //GS, Apple //c
Question from E-mail

Just a few questions regarding your opinion of various technical differences between MacOS and Windows:

What do you think of Macs having only one mouse button?

Also, do you prefer the Macintosh re-usable menu bar, or do you think a separate menu bar per window (like MS Windows) is a better design?

As you will be aware, with Macintosh, when a dialog box is displayed the user cannot switch applications - the dialog box must be dealt with first; but with Windows the dialog box still allows the user to switch and use other applications, they just cannot do anything with the application to which the dialog box belongs to until it is dealt with. Which do you see as a better design?

Woz

We only have one brain, and for many that are new, or just not computer savvy, or old, or slow, the single button is much more comfortable. But when you look at the cortex of the brain, the amount of space allocated to your fingers outweighs almost any other part of your body. Fingers are very efficient and controllable. It's a shame to restrict this incredible operating plus. After all, we use all 10 fingers just fine to type. I love a 2 or 3 button mouse and find it as easy to use as going for command keys. I also love the scrolling wheels.

I don't always have only one answer on the menu bar question. I think that the MS way is the more logically correct way, but I find myself getting lost much less on the Macintosh. You don't have the desired menu per app or menu per window, but you always know where to go. Your fingers often learn to just instantly go somewhere, like on a video game, without having to partner with your eyes to see exactly where they are supposed to go this time.

Everyone hates modal dialog boxes, but a lot of them can be skipped. Often the application menu is not grayed out, and even if it is, command-tab might work.

All terms: Macintosh, MS
Comment from E-mail

I just wanted to write this to tell how grateful I am that Apple Computer was developed. Mainly because there would be no such as the personal computer and many advances never would've happened if it wasn't for Apple. I also wanted to write because recently I was watching A&E's top 100 hundred and was disappointed to see that you where not named and Bill Gates was. I sat there and said to myself what did he do to deserve that besides make a lot of money nothing. I would've at least to of like to of seen at least Steve Jobs or at least a mention of Apple but when they rounded out the top five I knew it wouldn't happen and was deeply disappointed that the two people or even the person who changed the daily lives of everyone was not even mentioned at all during that.

Well, I just wanted to thank you for helping change my life and the way I live it everyday. If it was not for the Apple Macintosh computer I would not have a job or hobby anymore and am grateful for having it around. I am always exited about the new developments coming out of Apple and just have one question for you. As an original developer of the MacOs and with the new version of it coming out next year MacOs X I was just wondering what your comments on it and how it will change it from where it started and how you feel about it? Thanks again, Spencer Parker

Woz

I'm glad that you see things this way. It is fair to say that Bill and Microsoft did a bit of engineering (writing BASIC for the Altair computer) at the start and did take risks in setting up and running a business. But we at Apple did much more to bring computing to people and we took much greater risks and we did our own designs and used our own money and time a lot more. We worked to create the hardware and the software that would do new things. We didn't merely buy others' programs and find a way to sell them at a profit. Apple even popularized (and largely created) the technology that Microsoft makes it's money off of.

I think that MacOS X will be very very great but will, at first, only reach loyal Macintosh owners. I think that it will be well accepted by the Macintosh users by the time it comes out and that the grumbling about differences will be short lived. I think that differences like fast graphics and more game software will be even more important than a more stable OS though.

Comment from E-mail

We pooled all of our resources and bought one of the first Apple G. S's to hit the stores up here in Alaska.

On the front of it is a strange signature, "WOZ". I have never seen another G. S. that had been signed in this manner. Did you per chance sign the front of any of the early ones as a lark? If you did perhaps you would be interested to know this particular model ended up in Anchorage Alaska and brought our whole family into the world of technology and I still dearly love the little fellow and keep him in a place of honor in our library. (Of course both he and I are retired now but he's still good for a fast chess game now and then with my grand-kids and I.

Thanks for the opportunity to inquire about my little guy,

Woz

When Apple asked me for a signature for a special limited edition of the Apple ][gs I figured that it was for a few hundred computers. But they made 50,000 with the signature.

Occasionally I'm asked to sign, with a Sharpie pen, one of these or one of the ones without the "Woz" signature.

Thanks for letting me know of your respect for your little fellow.

All terms: GS, Woz