Steve Jobs and the Apple II+
My family had a software company called “Software Productions” that made children’s software for the Apple II+ from 1982-84. The programmers that worked on the software were 17 and 18 year old hackers and as a 10 year old, these guys programming software for the Apple II+ were magicians that could make the computer sing. Those programmers, specifically Randy and Dan Chang were my childhood heroes. I daydreamed that I would be as cool as them when I grew up. They taught me to edit the source and hack it to make my characters in the game wizardry have 10 gazillion gold pieces. The software company failed, but that computer opened up the world for me in the 80′s and inspired a generation of people to understand technology and use it creatively.
As an open source company, we’ve got a very different in approach to technology but Apple’s beautiful style and the focus on user friendly interfaces changed the face of computing and made it easy to use for people to be creative. I am sad to hear of Steve Jobs’ passing. I’m sure that there will be lots of talk about Steve over the next few days and about the iPod and iPhone, but I love the old stuff. I’d like to suggest that if you’re a fan of Apple and you’ve got a MakerBot. Print out the Apple II+ on Thingiverse and display it proudly! Got some design chops? I’d love to see a Mac 512 modeled up to go with the Apple II+ print!
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