Captain Crunch needs your help

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One of the most iconic hackers ever, and a very important figure in Apple history, John Draper, needs some money for surgery and therapy otherwise soon he won’t be able to code, type or even use his hands.

savingcaptaincrunch.comAccording to what Draper has written on Facebook and then has been published on the savingcaptaincrunch.com website, It looks that due to a too vigorous hug from a fan, Captain Crunch has sustained a very serious injury:

A few critical nerves have been trapped and despite a program of physical therapy and painkillers, Crunch’s fingers and forearms are now approaching total paralysis.
[…]
Crunch is in such pain that he can barely put his shoes on in the morning. One of the pioneers of the Word Processor can barely type any more, let alone code. And the doctors have told him that within 3-6 months he risks losing the use of his hands permanently because trapped nerves die after a while.
[…]
A straightforward surgical procedure can release the trapped nerves before they wither away, and return life to his hands.
The bad news is that Crunch cannot afford it. It costs $6,000 just for the Medical co-pay for the surgery, $2,000 for the post-surgery convalescence and even more for the drugs and physical therapy that will get him back at his Mac and coding again.

You can help the man who inspired Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs to get in business, by donating some money to cover for his medical expenses. I did.

p.s. Yes, that’s me in the picture with Mr. Draper.

Sunday 05 December 2010, 5:53 pm
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Captain Crunch on Apple – original audio recording available

Filed under: People

Just a short update to let you know there is also an unedited audio recording of the chat with Mr. Draper on which the “Captain Crunch on Apple – An interview with John Draper” piece is based.

You can find it in MP3 form in the Document Archive section of the Stories of Apple website, along with other material of historic importance pertaining to Apple’s history, design, imagery, sales and legal matters.

Enjoy!

Friday 05 December 2008, 8:29 am
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Captain Crunch on Apple – An interview with John Draper

Filed under: Hardware,People,Software

Nota: l’intervista è disponibile anche in una versione tradotta in italiano su Storie di Apple.it

At the MOCA2008 “hacker camp” in Italy I had the pleasure to meet and speak with John T. Draper. Draper is better known as Captain Crunch a man whose work and life are deeply intertwined with the history of hacking, phreaking and the personal computer industry.

Here’s the transcription of the short chat we had, which verged mostly on his interactions with Apple, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs and also his use of Macs.

Captain Crunch chat 03Stories of Apple: What’s the story behind you doing the Apple II phone board?
John Draper: Let’s start talking a bit about how I met Steve Wozniak. […] He contacted me when I was a DJ at KKUP radio. He asked whether or not I could come down and see his bluebox. He wanted me to show him how to use it. I was very suspicious of him. It was at a time during which there was a lot of busts going on and I thought this might have been a setup.
So I made my arrangements to go see him without having anything on me and illegal things not being there. When I saw him he showed me the bluebox: I was not impressed.
The problem with this bluebox was that it had a square wave instead of a sine wave: the tones are not pure, They sound crappy and anybody using one of those Woz’s blueboxes would often drop a trouble card in the switch because the switch wouldn’t recognize tones and wouldn’t accept them.
[…] As my relationship with him grew […] he introduced me to Steve Jobs. (more…)





 


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