This was not an outlook that Bill Gates embraced.
After he and Paul Allen had completed their BASIC interpreter for the Altair,
Gates was appalled that members of the Homebrew were making copies of it and sharing it without paying him.
So he wrote what would become a famous letter to the club:
"As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software.
Is this fair? . . .
One thing you do is prevent good software from being written.
Who can afford to do professional work for nothing?
I would appreciate letters from anyone who wants to pay up."
Steve Jobs, similarly, did not embrace the notion that Wozniak's creations, be it a Blue Box or a computer, wanted to be free.
So he convinced Wozniak to stop giving away copies of his schematics.
Most people didn't have time to build it themselves anyway, Jobs argued.
"Why don't we build and sell printed circuit boards to them?"
It was an example of their symbiosis.
"Every time I'd design something great, Steve would find a way to make money for us," said Wozniak.
Wozniak admitted that he would have never thought of doing that on his own.
"It never crossed my mind to sell computers.
It was Steve who said, 'Let's hold them in the air and sell a few.'"
Jobs worked out a plan to pay a guy he knew at Atari to draw the circuit boards and then print up fifty or so.
That would cost about $1,000, plus the fee to the designer.
They could sell them for $40 apiece and perhaps clear a profit of $700.
Wozniak was dubious that they could sell them all.
"I didn't see how we would make our money back," he recalled.
He was already in trouble with his landlord for bouncing checks and now had to pay each month in cash.
Jobs knew how to appeal to Wozniak.
He didn't argue that they were sure to make money, but instead that they would have a fun adventure.
"Even if we lose our money, we'll have a company," said Jobs as they were driving in his Volkswagen bus.
"For once in our lives, we'll have a company."
This was enticing to Wozniak, even more than any prospect of getting rich.
He recalled, "I was excited to think about us like that.
To be two best friends starting a company.
Wow. I knew right then that I'd do it. How could I not?"
In order to raise the money they needed, Wozniak sold his HP 65 calculator for $500,
though the buyer ended up stiffing him for half of that.
For his part, Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus for $1,500.
But the person who bought it came to find him two weeks later and said the engine had broken down,
and Jobs agreed to pay for half of the repairs.
Despite these little setbacks, they now had, with their own small savings thrown in,
about $1,300 in working capital, the design for a product, and a plan.
They would start their own computer company.
1.the majority of 大部分；大多数的
例句：However, the majority of children even do not know Jade Emperor and Dragon King.
2.pay up 全部付清；付款；付清全部欠款
例句：Popcorn and sausage dinners notwithstanding, some Americans remain willing to pay up for a healthier diet.
3.make money for 为...挣钱
例句：The poor mother worked day and night to make money for the sake of her sick daughter.
4.thrown in 投入；发边界球；注入；插入
例句：Quantitative baits can be thrown in the sea once to keep the effect of the baits for a long time, and frequent replacement is omitted.