Where All Memories Go

I just closed it and shelved it. Or rather, I put in on a table with some vague idea on my mind that I’d probably find another place for it. What’s it? My MacBook.

Where All Memories Go

I’m not the most organized person on this planet, I have magazines piled everywhere and chargers’ wires are coiling in the corners and my phone seems to hate me and hide in the farthest nook possible. So, I guess I could have lost an elephant in my sitting room. Really, I think they should invent something so that a phone could answer your call. I mean, when you’re “kitty-kitting” it. But they invented the fitness wristband instead, of all things!

And when doing the apartment, I would just scoop my old MacBook with everything else and shove it away onto the window sill or into the armchair. It’s not that it weights half a ton, is it? Every time I caught a glimpse of my old MacBook, I promised, I’d do something about it. I had trusted the laptop with my photos, talks and shopping. And thoughts. I had trusted it with pieces of my life caught in time: a glimpse here, a snap there. And I completely forgot it.

So sad. I mean, it’s well behind the date and has scrapes and rubs. And I’ve lost the Lightning cable somewhere. But. But. My gran got the pictures album, my mom got the pile of DVDs and, I believe, a card box of VHS’s stacked somewhere in the attic. (Where you could lose an elephant and a tiger, by the way.) I’ve got an account in iTunes and iCloud. And this old MacBook. It’s not like I’m going to pass it on to my grandkids. They’ll have had brain implants by the time I’ll leave this world.

But that’s not the point. My point is: do you give away more than an old laptop? Or do I just imagine things?

Foundation of Apple…

Steve Jobs met Syeve Wozniak at the Homebrew Computer Club, in a garage in California’s Menlo Park. Wozniak had seen his first MITS Altair there and was inspired by MITS’ build-it-yourself approach to make something simpler for the rest of us.

So he produced the the first computer with a typewriter-like keyboard and the ability to connect to a regular TV. Later christened the Apple I, it was the archetype of every modern computer, but Wozniak wasn’t trying to change the world with what he’d produced – he just wanted to show off how much he’d managed to do with so few resources. Steve Wozniak explained that “When I built this Apple I… the first computer to say a computer should look like a typewriter – it should have a keyboard – and the output device is a TV set, it wasn’t really to show the world that here is the direction it should go in. It was to really show the people around me, to boast, to be clever, to get acknowledgement for having designed a very inexpensive computer.”

It almost didn’t happen, though. Wozniak told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I was shy and felt that I knew little about the newest developments in computers.” He came close to giving the Club a miss. But he didn’t. Then Steve Jobs saw the computer and recognized its brilliance. He sold his VW microbus to help fund its production. Wozniak sold his HP calculator, and together they founded Apple Computer Inc on 1 April 1976, alongside Ronald Wayne – now making Apple a 40 year old company!

By the way, the name was to cause Apple problems in later years as it came uncomfortably close to the Beatles’ publisher, Apple Corps, but its genesis was innocent enough. Speaking to Byte magazine in December 1984, Wozniak credited Jobs with the idea. “He was working from time to time in the orchards up in Oregon. I thought that it might be because there were apples in the orchard or maybe just its fructarian nature. Maybe the word just happened to occur to him. In any case, we both tried to come up with better names but neither one of us could think of anything better after Apple was mentioned.” Wozniak built each computer by hand, and although he’d wanted to sell them for little more than the cost of their parts – at a price at that would recoup their outlay if they shipped 50 units.

But Jobs priced the Apple I at $666.66, and inked a deal with the Byte Shop in Mountain View to supply it with 50 computers at $500 each. Byte Shop was going out on a limb: the Apple I didn’t exist in any great numbers, and the nascent Apple Computer Inc didn’t have the resources to fulfill the order. Neither could it get them. Atari, where Jobs worked, wanted cash for any components it sold him, a bank turned him down for a loan, and although he had an offer of $5,000 from a friend’s father, it wasn’t enough. In the end, it was Byte Shop’s purchase order that sealed the deal. Jobs took it to Cramer Electronics and, as Walter Isaacson explains in Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, he convinced Cramer’s manager to call Paul Terrell, owner of Byte Shop, to verify the order.

“Terrell was at a conference when he heard over a loudspeaker that he had an emergency call (Jobs had been persistent). The Cramer manager told him that two scruffy kids had just walked in waving an order from the Byte Shop. Was it real? Terrell confirmed that it was, and the store agreed to front Jobs the parts on thirty-day credit.”

(Story based on http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/apple/history-of-apple-steve-jobs-what-happened-mac-computer-3606104/#foundation).

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