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In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days 74

harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores.
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In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

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  • by gweilo8888 ( 921799 ) on Thursday May 21, 2015 @11:22AM (#49743901)
    Because the Apple Watch has an incredibly dated, bland, boring design that looks like a cross between retro and a child's toy. Enough with the hype about the Apple Watch already -- the reviews have slated it for its terrible interface, poor apps and terrible battery life. Next topic, please?
  • "Oh, the people I fucked over back then...such good times," reflected Jobs.

  • by NixieBunny ( 859050 ) on Thursday May 21, 2015 @11:47AM (#49744061) Homepage
    I worked at a Byte Shop in 1978-9 as their repair department. I was in high school. We sold Apples, TRS-80s, S-100 bus stuff, etc. The Apple was the most impressive machine, by far. It was apparent just from looking inside it, that the design was the way of the future.
    • The ATARI 800 was far superior. It had dedicated chips for graphics, sound and I/O. Much like computers today. The Apple ][ relied on the 6502 for most everything.
      • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

        which made the II far more expandable and flexible running factories banks and your home office, and frankly I never saw an atari (in that day and age) that wasn't a video game console with a unused keyboard, hell I didnt even know they made a disk drive for the things until I was in middle school in the early 90's

      • The ATARI 800 was far superior. It had dedicated chips for graphics, sound and I/O. Much like computers today. The Apple ][ relied on the 6502 for most everything.

        The 800 also came out over 3 years later.

  • why the fuck someone decided to put this fucking background music on top of this video ? same volume, chitty notes. why ?

  • Old (Score:2, Funny)

    by Coren22 ( 1625475 )

    Wow, this is old. I thought Slashdot usually ran a day or so behind, but 21 years!?

  • by koan ( 80826 )

    Came away from that with fond memories of Defender, and that it's always more interesting to see what people do with the tech (the computer in a briefcase and other "redesigns") than what's released by a corporation.

  • While there is plenty of hate thrown Apple's way in ./, it is always interesting to see some of the beginnings and seemingly ancient commercials for these tech companies that have been around the block. The nostalgia is strong - sort reminds me of the compaq story [youtube.com]
  • The watch (Score:5, Informative)

    by operagost ( 62405 ) on Thursday May 21, 2015 @01:40PM (#49744977) Homepage Journal

    Since a lot of your folks are too young to remember...

    The watch Jobs is wearing appears to be an LED digital watch. Because LED displays drained the battery a lot quicker than LCD watches (which came later), you had to press a button to see the time. In retrospect, this is kind of a feature, because when the display was off the face was completely dark and mysterious. It was like Darth Vader's watch.

  • Wow, someone really went out of their way to mention the iWatch!

    >remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces

    Well, I guess they do have wristbands and faces. My bad...

  • I've read 3 different explanations of why VisiCalc was done on Apple first.

    1. The dev TRS and Pets were tied up on other projects.
    2. Jobs promised free hardware if they targeted Apple first.
    3. Apple had more potential RAM ability.

    I don't know which is true or if it's a combo. Either way, Apple would probably be dead if not for VisiCalc. VisiCalc sales gave Apple just enough money for R&D into GUI's (Lisa/Mac), and those were relatively slow sellers until desktop publishing kicked in.

    Without the VisiCalc

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Dan Bricklin programmed his prototype for VisiCalc on an Apple II lent by Dan Fylstra, who published the program after Frankston delivered the production version. Jobs had no idea the program was even in development, let alone that it would be a "killer app."

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