Plain Old Crazy

Scott Stevens chenmel at
Fri Jul 15 22:16:33 CDT 2005

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 23:49:40 -0400
C Fernandez <fernande at> wrote:

> Tim,
> I too found it quite bizarre, but then I think I figured it out...... 
> He's using the term "Apple //" like a person might use the designation
> "PC".  A Dell, a Compaq, an HP, a whatever, are all PC's.  In other 
> words, he's using "Apple //" as a type or kind, not a brand.  Like
> what people, at least in the US, do with Kleenex, or Scotch Tape, or
> Crescent Wrenchs
> Chad Fernandez
> Michigan, USA

I would think that that sort of reference would only infuriate a few of
the uglier lawyers at Apple at this point in history.  Apple worked HARD
to run a lot of Apple II cloners out of business back in the day.  Now
it should be time for all the old Apple II clone kit to be very
collectable.  A friend of mine used to have a 'board set' that was an
'Orange Peel' Computer, made by one of the companies Apple's lawyers
drove out of existence.

Now, it's completely understandable that Apple should want to completely
'own' the Apple brand.  It's a historically significant matter, and this
seller is legitimate in his insistence, on some levels.

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