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So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet. Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer

About Michael Brooks

Image of author Michael BrooksI am a journalist and author. My writing has appeared in various places, including the Guardian, The Independent, The Observer and Playboy. Mostly, though, it appears in New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide. Until August 2006, I was a senior features editor at New Scientist, co-ordinating, writing or editing many of the magazine's major feature projects. I left New Scientist to write 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, which is based on a cover feature I wrote in 2005. The online version became the sixth most circulated article on the internet that year, and weirdly - continued to be the most visited article on the New Scientist site for a couple of years after that. It still ranks pretty highly.

I live in Lewes in the south of England. It's a fantastic place to live: it has access to the beautiful rolling Sussex Downs and to the coast, of course. Maybe one day 'll put some pictures on my website but then you might all want to come and live here and, frankly, there isn't room.