On Dec. 11, as part of what is being calling the Exceptional Sale, Christie’s in New York will auction off the “Ricketts” Apple-1 personal computer, a surviving example of the first model Apple sold commercially, in 1976. This particular computer — a green circuit board mounted under glass — can trace its history clear back to Steve Jobs’s parents’ garage (its original owner and namesake, Charles Ricketts, bought the computer there, as evidenced by a cancelled check for $600 that is part of the sale). It is estimated to fetch $400,000 to $600,000 and will likely go higher, as did one that sold for $671,400 last year at Breker auction house in Germany.
To assess the condition of the “Ricketts” Apple-1 and bring it to full operation, Christie’s called in Corey Cohen, a 43-year-old manager at a software company and vintage computer enthusiast from New Jersey who has become to early Apple circuitry what Renaissance art historians are to Caravaggios. Mr. Cohen spoke last week about his newfound role and the beauty of the Apple-1 design. (This interview has been edited and condensed.)
Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in! adafruit.com/mastodon
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.
Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!
Maker Business — Chip inventories rise as demand falls
Wearables — Go insane with a membrane (button or keypad)
Electronics — Shift away from basic arithmetic
Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: CircuitPython 8.0 RC 1 Out, Board Guides, and Much More! #CircuitPython #Python @ThePSF @micropython @Raspberry_Pi
Adafruit IoT Monthly — Cat Doorbell, Deep Algae Bloom Detector, and more!
Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!
EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey
New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — New Products 2/1/2023 Featuring Adafruit Floppy FeatherWing with 34-Pin IDC Connector! (Video)
No comments yet.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.