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Apple I Replica Creation: Back to the Garage 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193183640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931836401
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Owad on March 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
***IMPORTANT*** The edition of Apple I Replica Creation now available on Amazon from Syngress/Elsevier is a reprint that does not include the software CD. A second edition of the book is now available free on Applefritter.


I'm the author of Apple I Replica Creation. The promotional material tends to be a bit lacking in technical detail, so I'd like to provide a more in-depth description of the book.

The aim of Apple I Relica Creation is to guide the reader in building, programming, and _understanding_ the Apple I. The book begins with a history of the Apple I, but not the sort of corporate history you may be used to reading. This account is of the computer itself, the early peripherals and modifications, and the hobbyists and visionaries who bought and used the the Apple I.

The second chapter describes the tools and parts needed to complete the project and chapter 3 introduces reader to digital circuits. This chapter is very hands-on. It introduces basic logic gates and a few designs you can build with them. This chapter won't make you an engineer, but it will give you everything you need to start tinkering on your own.

In chapter 4 we get down to business with a step-by-step guide to building the Replica I kit. While advanced readers may want to use chapter 7 and the included software to design their own board, the novice will be better served by having a working replica with which to experiment while reading the rest of the chapters. Builders who run into trouble with the kit can fall back on the skills they learned in chapter 3 to diagnose the problem or may ask for guidance on the Apple I Owners Club forum at

The kit assembled, it's time to learn a bit of programming.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Joseph Carter on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's been a long time since I've really built a computer, with a soldering iron. The glory days may be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't relive them, or at least learn a little about what they were like. This book will help.

It's really intended to serve as a companion to Vince Briel's Replica-1 kit. You order the parts from his web store, solder them together, make it actually work, and then write software for it. This book doesn't teach a whole lot on the hardware side, just enough to help you put together the kit and debug any mistakes you made in the process of assembling it. Other books are better if you're actually interested in learning the electronics.

If you can solder, though, and you just want to play with a vintage architecture, this book will serve as an excellent companion to the kit, especially once you finish the kit and want to start programming it.

If you're completely new to electronics as a hobby, read the first few chapters, then find other inexpensive kits to practice soldering before you actually plunk down the cash on the Replica-1. They're great soldering (and inevitably also desoldering) practice, and the experience will fill in any gaps left by the introductory chapters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cecil Meeks on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this entire book in like 2

Seriously, I couldn't put it down. I'm not much of a writer, so let me give you my "likes/dislikes"


1)Finally a book on how to BUILD a computer...and I don't mean slapping pre-made video cards, etc together.

2) Apple I was a simple computer. So, this book does a good job explaining how it works. Down to the chip level.

3) Bonus chapter on "hacking the macintosh" which shows some mods of a Mac SE.


1) Was too short.

2) I wished it would have covered how to get the ROM into the Apple for us who haven't ordered the kit. Basically, if you don't have the EPROM chip with the original Apple ROM, you can't assemble your own replica. If you have access to the rom image and an EPROM burner, then you should be able to use this book and the software to build it. Or, buy the kit.

Overall, I still loved the book. I really hope there is enough interest to create another.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wuehler on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a great idea - show somebody who is comfortable with computers how to actually build one. What better one to build that the one that started the personal computer revolution?

The first few chapters go over the basics, although, in my opinion you should be familiar with computer terms such as breadboard, gates, and flip-flop if you plan to build the "Apple I" replica. I found the "build your own Apple I" chapter suprisingly short until I realized it was just the "here's how to put together the Apple I replica from a kit you can purchase". It took me a while to figure out that you can either A) build an Apple I completely from scratch using the schematic that comes with the CD or B) purchase the Replica kit and put it together. Option B is obviously quicker and easier, as it also comes with the ROM already loaded with BASIC. Option A is the "we don't need no stinkin' help" way to do things... Since you can purchase some parts of the Replica kit separately, I suppose you could do a combo A/B approach.

The later chapters go over BASIC and Assembly, followed by a large Appendix explaining opcodes, instructions and electrical engineering basics. Also included is an Appendix called "Hacking Macintosh" which describes how to take your Mac (the original, not the iMac) apart and create a "Lego" case, a way to hack your mouse and a way to apply a colored skin to the G4 Cube. While entertaining, it has nothing to do with the rest of the book and just seems completely out of place. I can only assume this is there to get readers to go check out the author's web site.

I was in grade school when the Apple I came out, so I think I will enjoy trying to put this book through it's paces and see how much of the Apple I I can put together myself. It looks like a fun (and educational) project to try out.
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