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Skepchick Quickies 6.5

On June 5, 1977, the Apple II computer went on sale. It was a little before my time, but I did have a 386 with a modem that was so slow that AOL would crash it.

BONUS: He sees you when you’re sleeping (no, it’s not Santa). From Andy.

Mary

Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Mary

    There was a documentary on the country awhile back by the National Geographic Channel called inside North Korea. I would recommend that anyone who wants to learn more about the country watch it. North Korea is one place I never even plan on visiting. Its scary what the Jong dynasty has done to that country and its people.

    1. Also, I highly discourage U.S. citizens of Korean descent from going there to evangelize because a) they’re going to scrutinize you extra closely and b) if they catch you, it’s not like you are Laura Ling with celebrity attachments, so you are going to likely suffer for some time.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/kenneth-bae-sermon_n_3312675.html#_methods=onPlusOne2C_ready2C_close2C_open2C_resizeMe2C_renderstart2Concircled2Conloadid=I0_1370452478896parent=http3A2F2Fwwwhuffingtonpostcomrpctoken=92269801

      1. Scribe999

        That’s upsetting, but given the nature of that regime, its not surprising. If you do still have relatives over there, I hope they’re Okay. I would hate to think of what that government might end up doing to them, if even one of them did something that might upset “the dear leader” even by accident.

  2. To be clear, these were members of my father’s family from before the war, so I wouldn’t know any of them. Heck, it’s almost impossible to tell if they even survived the war at all.

  3. Umm, the Apple II did NOT have a 386. The 386 didn’t exist until much later. The Apple II was based on the 6502 which was an 8 bit microprocessor. The same one that was used in Chuck Peddle’s PET computer. Chuck also designed the 6502 at MOS technology before moving to Commodore.

    Apple didn’t make a machine with an intel chip until the second coming of Steve. The early Apples were based on the 6502 and they moved to motorola chips and then the PowerPC era.

    Oddly enough the only reason Apple is still in business is because of the failed Newton. The Newton was built on an ARM chip and Apple bought a chunk of stock to guarantee access to the technology. At the end of the Skulley era the company was days from bankruptcy but they managed to sell the ARM stake at a large profit and keep the company going for another year which was just enough for Steve to come back and save it.

    1. Duh, I said the Apple II was before my time, meaning I wasn’t around to have one. To be clear (?), I had a 386 PC, never an Apple. The McIntosh computers weren’t cool when I was old enough to use a computer.

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