Computerworld - Sotheby's will put some Apple history on the block next month, including one of only six working Apple-1 personal computers. The auction house has estimated the motherboard will sell for up to $180,000. Also up for sale: A memo written by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his time at video game maker Atari. The Apple-1 -- which consisted of a circuit board hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak -- first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66. About 200 units were produced. According to the Sotheby's catalog listing (download PDF), there are about 50 surviving Apple-1 computers, but just six known to be in working condition.
Ask the average geek to describe the Apple II and you'll probably hear something about its legacy or software. Ask Steve Wozniak circa 1977, on the other hand, and he'll write you a technical tome -- or at least he did for Byte magazine. Way back when the classic computer was fresh, a young Woz penned an extremely detailed "system description" for the rig, pouring over specifics on the II's graphical capabilities, memory, peripherals, programming language and more.
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A biopic based on the life of Steve Jobs will shoot portions of the film at the home where Jobs grew up and the garage where he co-founded Apple, the people behind the movie announced. The film is set to cover Jobs' "30 most defining years," according to a press release. The movie covers his years as a youth all the way through his second stint with Apple. The movie, "jOBS," which is due out in late fall, is set to begin principle photography next month. Ashton Kutcher has been cast to play the lead role.
Steve Jobs couldn't start Apple without Steve Wozniak, and apparently Aaron Sorkin can't tell Jobs' story without the Woz. The Oscar-winning screenwriter has hired the Apple co-founder as an adviser as he turns Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography "Steve Jobs" into a screenplay for a movie project that Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday. Sorkin is best known for his Academy Award-winning adaptation of "The Social Network," an account of how Mark Zuckerberg built the Facebook empire.
The screenwriter also said that his script will not be a traditional "cradle-to-grave" biography. After having helped invent the technology that set Steve Jobs off on a biopic-worthy career, Steve Wozniak is going to make sure that biopic gets the technology just right.
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"I don't have broadband at my home," he said. In case the Australians hadn't heard, understood, or were merely in a state of catatonia, he added: "I, Steve Wozniak, don't have broadband at my home." He went on to explain that broadband in his little part of Los Gatos, Calif., is "a monopoly." You have to get it from your cable company. But, being a forward-thinking person, Woz doesn't have cable. He added: "There are 50 companies that want to sell me DSL, but they've all got to go through the Horizon wires -- the local phone company -- and I've got one of the two worst Horizons in the country."
APPLE co-founder Steve Wozniak says the company's technology is so good it will probably never be a victim of its own success by becoming uncool. "Apple a victim of its own success? You could have asked that at any point along the way," the American technology guru said after a business forum in Perth yesterday. "Of course there's always a chance - and there's also a chance that it will become twice as successful because of its success."
In a brief interview with an Australian news station on Thursday, Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak spoke of his time at Apple, shared his thoughts on Steve Jobs and waxed philosophical about the digital age. Besides basic background bio questions, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) feature interview (via MacDailyNews) asked Wozniak about the future of computers and the legacy late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left behind.