Apple at 40: Here's what The Woz had to say about the Apple II and phone phreaking in 1984
March 31, 2016 - Uncategorized
The history of early personal computing is interwoven with that of phone phreaking, where people would try to figure out ways to take advantage of the automated phone systems becoming common.
One popular trick was trying to figure out the special sequence of touch tones required to gain access to free phone calls. It was laborious work, but with the arrival of the Apple II computer, John Draper, a famous phone phreaker and Apple employee, decided a computer could do the job much more easily.
In this article republished from the Oct. 1, 1984, issue of Infoworld, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak describes the trick.
An Apple for the Captain
By Steve Wozniak
Source: Mac World