Find the Owner's Manual For Your Ancient Apple Product

Got an old Apple product that you still use (or want to use,) but need the owner’s manual? Apple’s posted some old manuals on their site for all your antique technology needs. Surprisingly, the Apple IIe manual is quite a funny read:

Bulletin Boards:
Bulletin Boards came into being back in 1978 as a way for local computer club members to exchange messages with each other and to share programs by phone. Today there are over 300 computerized bulletin boards in the United States, and you don’t have to belong to a computer club to use one.”

Wow, really? Hey look, someone just typed letters so that it looks like a naked person!—MEGHANN MARCO

Apple Legacy Product Manuals [via ArsTechnica]

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  1. AcilletaM says:

    Ha! ASCII pictures. An art still alive in way too many geeks signatures.

  2. orielbean says:

    ascii also found in program cracks on astalavista

  3. pestie says:

    ASCII art has been around a lot longer than computer bulletin boards, too. I’ve heard that it started with teletype operators. I know there are stories of amateur radio operators, who sometimes communicate in RTTY (radio teletype) sending pinup girl pictures to each other this way long before computers got into the hands of consumers.

  4. faust1200 says:

    Nice. I used to run a BBS in the 80’s (middleschool) and again in the 90’s in college. I started with a 300 baud modem and remember the first time I called a BBS and saw the letters splash across my TV screen…”whoah!”

    Time to go watch some Wargames.

  5. ack. no pre tags available??? too bad I cant use a fixed font.

  6. Bye says:

    All this talk makes me feel like I’m about to be eaten by a grue.