So, almost a Million for an Apple 1.
Did I mention I have a 2C new in the box? I do, actually. Also a Commodor 64 (not in the box), 3 TS 1000s (1 in box), couple of XTs (with Monitor, try finding an MDA today), an all ISA AT, a P-386 500 driving 98 SE and 4 x 8MB drives, and various other spare parts that I could assemble into different configurations of different vintages.
I started out playing Star Trek over a 300 Baud Modem on an ADAM 3A Terminal using CompuServe and did my first programing in COBOL and RPG on Holerith cards.
So I’m not old, I’m well connected.
I started out in the biz with a translation of an Insurance Rating program from TRS-80 to Apple Basic (anyone remember Romar? It was like the very first clone).
The machine that’s missing from my collection is a Kaypro 10. 64K and 10 Mb of C/PM goodness that I developed my bread and butter XTab app on that I have ported through a variety of iterations of MS-DOS, CCPM, DesqView, OS2, and Windows.
I’ll tell you this- there is no money in poetry for machines or maintaining them either.
I’ve ended up with a skill set that includes 7+ languages- COBOL, RPG, FORTRAN, BASIC, C (and about 5 variants), Postscript and HTML, and MS Macro as well as a heap of hardware that I’m willing to let good homes adopt as well as friends and family who accuse me of being a cat lady who never met a stray I didn’t like.
I have a friend who collects rarer hardware than that. He has a Poly-88 with full OS source directly from one of the developers. It’s good for what a 4K 8088 with a hard sectored floppy and an S-100 bus can do.
I also ended up with bookshelves of Bytes, PC Mags, Dr. Dobbs, and Computer Shoppers.
Sigh. It all ought to go to a museum. My current main ride (down at the moment after a voltage surge) is a Asus M4A88T-V EVO USB 3.0 with 16 Gb and a 3.7 6 Core AMD Athlon II. Because it’s not working I’m on my laptop, an HP 6475b sporting the same 16 Gb and a 2.5 Dual Core AMD A4 so don’t cry for me Argentina. I think the voltage surge screwed up my Windows virtual memory file, but I haven’t tested that yet. If I have to replace the Motherboard it’s $120. If I have to replace the CPU it’s $170. If I have to replace the memory it’s $130. I think the hard drives are recoverable (already have the important data) but they’re $80 for 2 Tb.
This is why there is no money in computing.
The law that entropy always increases holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations – then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation – well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.
–Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World (1927)
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Henry Ford Museum acquires 1976 Apple-1 computer
Dearborn Press & Guide
Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
“When acquiring artifacts for The Henry Ford’s Archive of American Innovation, we look at how the items will expand our ability to tell the important stories of American culture and its greatest innovators,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “Similar to what Henry Ford did with the Model T, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people with the creation of the Apple-1, completely altering the way we work and live. The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but it is a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution.”
Only 64 of the originally produced 200 Apple-1 computers are known to exist – with 15 of this group known to be operational. In addition to the central Apple-1 motherboard, the acquisition also includes a hand-built keyboard interface, power supply, facsimile copies of the owner’s manual and schematics, Sanyo monitor and Apple-1 Cassette Interface.
Just as an aside, the part about “first pre-assembled personal computer ever”, not true. Altair 8800, IMSAI 8080, Poly-88. What these all lacked was an integrated video terminal and keyboard.
I was there and I bootstrapped a paper tape reader from front panel switches and I swore I’d never, ever touch a computer in my life.
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