We were gonna have machines that could out-calculate our companies’ huge million-dollar computers, and we the programmers … were gonna change the world with revolutionized education. We always spoke of the word “revolution” â€” all these big social changes we were going to bring … I wanted to help it happen. What I had to offer was my technical talents. I could build machines for these other people who wanted to use machines to better humanity … I thought, why don’t I design a computer from the ground up [with] every optimization where you save parts and you make things work, do more jobs than they did, work faster… and I added my color idea. The Apple II was this hot design that I came up with.
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