one of the coolest hardware hack
s of all time. Some talented engineer
(what was his name again? Wobneck
some time trying to come
up with a way to make the Apple Imagewriter
more useful. A tall order, because the Imagewriter
is possibly one of the crap
of all time; the one I used in middle school
had the nasty habit of interject
ing what were apparently Cyrillic
curses in the middle of a Judy Blume book report... but I digress.
Well, that engineer
realized that the only thing
that worked well
was the motor
d the print cartridge
back and forth. So, he designed a better cartridge
for it to use.
This cartridge, $20 at your local Apple retailer, and the associated software would give a fairly nice-looking scan of any legal-sized document you fed into it. Of course, since it was scanning it in line by line, it took 10 minutes, but this was 1986, and for a $20 scanner, people were willing to wait.
And so you could be the envy of the neighborhood with your very own combo printer/scanner. Very cool. Very hackish. Very Woz.