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The Apple I came back to life: a look at the myth of Information

This morning in Turin, one of the rare examples exist of the Apple I worked again in the Aula Magna of the Politecnico. The first Apple computer built in the garage by two young hobbyists evokes deep emotions, but also reflections on the cultural revolution and lifestyle made possible by the home computer. And style revolution that Apple helped create

After years of inactivity and a little ‘dust of one of the rare examples exist of the Apple I worked again this morning in Turin. The restart of the precious relic of retro-computing was preceded by a series of distinguished professors and experts of the Information Technology landscape in Italy who have offered different and interesting perspectives on the meaning of that machine as I gave via the information revolution in the late ’70s. In addition to the introduction of Rector Francesco Profumo of Politecnico di Torino, we cite the work of Professor Raffaele Meo professor of Computer Science, Mario Ricciardi critic and cinema expert Professor Vittorio Marchis finally professor of history of technology. Macitynet this event will offer a series of articles exploring the themes of the various presentations.

Particularly evocative intervention of Mark Bogle, entrepreneur and president of Basicnet, the collector who bought the Apple I at auction for a sum exceeding € 150 thousand. Bogle recalled the origins of not only Apple but also from Microsoft as two ventures were born not by economic calculation and the simple desire to create wealth, but as two works created primarily for the passion and the desire to create something completely new, revolutionary. “Often people imagine business people as people cold, calculating and driven by greed or desire for wealth, but the opposite is true – Bogle said in his speech, concluding” The Apple I is important because it is a machine the best evidence of how the largest and most important initiatives are born from the fusion of passion, love and feelings with the technology. ”



Immediately after the intervention of the guests and the technicians of Polytechnic Bogle raised the blue veil covering the Apple I to bring to light and also in operation. In the preliminary stages of the engineers explained in detail all the precautions to follow to re-boot the Apple I in complete safety, a procedure essential when one considers that in circuits and capacitors installed on the motherboard have more than 35 years. The restart of the system went smoothly, before viewing on an oscilloscope the wave function of the clock and then sent to the NTSC monitor the first screen full of ASCII characters. After switching occurred in countless flash and video, a MacBook Pro was used to send the program to the Apple I BASIC interpreter.

The demonstration ended with the inclusion of a simple BASIC program to display the words “Hello Polito, ” hello Politecnico di Torino. The first of the Apple computer is back running to greet the world, and users to 35 years away, a long period in which computers have become ubiquitous and the Apple brand has greatly contributed to create.

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