Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nice 6800 white ceramic / gray trace chips

If I ever get around to building Mike Willegal's Mimeo-1 clone #2, then I will attempt using one of these bad-boys, instead of the 6502....  could be a fun and challenging project...  New Old Stock, never socketed.  As far as I know, these are fairly rare.   I've built 3 clones so far, so the next Mimeo will be my fourth.  Insanity?  I dunno... could be :D

BTW, Woz said that he had the design, but did not test the Apple-1 with a 6800 due to cost (this was a kit available from HP at the time), and also never wrote the 256 byte monitor for it.  I believe there is someone out there that recently wrote a 6800 monitor.  I'll post when I have more info (I think it was Mike Willegal that sent me a link a month ago or so...)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apple-1 wooden case... was this a lapdesk?

I sent a question to the Woz, asking if the hand-wired Apple-1 case was from a lapdesk...  It sure does look like one to me....

UPDATE:  I heard back from the Woz, this case for the first Apple-1 was custom built by Randy Wigginton's father.  Woz does not know where this computer ended up, but the photo is precious to him.  He confirmed that this is indeed the first Apple-1 that he built. 


nope, this is the one Randy's father made
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On Nov 12, 2011, at 12:48 AM, John Calande wrote:

Ok, my understanding was that Randy's father built the nicer looking brown case that is in the Smithsonian.  The Triumph of the Nerds documentary made it sound as if you put this first Apple 1 case together yourself.

thanks again,


SECOND UPDATE:  I recall Woz telling me he thought this one *might* be in storage somewhere... so it may be that this one actually lives in the ground in Santa Clara  (think band-saws, bulldozers, and junk-yards).  :D

THIRD UPDATE:   I saw this some time ago.... I must be getting old...  I don't know of any other pictures of the first hand-wired Apple-1, although there must be a few.

Thanks for your time Woz!