Sunday, June 3, 2007

More on the Apple II

Retro Thing: Apple II - Setting the Benchmark For Home Computing in the Late 1970s:
Steve Wozniak’s design did many things right: it incorporated a user-friendly keyboard in an era when most machines offered a baffling front panel of lights and switches, it included bit-addressable color graphics, supported low-cost floppy drives, and included a good BASIC language interpreter.
It's hard to remember how revolutionary this was, and the fact that it sold (with modifications) for 20 years or so is amazing, in these days of 6-month product refreshes. It's still a wonder to behold, and if anyone has an original Apple II monitor they want to get rid of, please move it in my direction.

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