In September Chuck Peddle of the Commodore computer company came by the Jobs house to get a demo.
"We'd opened Steve's garage to the sunlight, and he came in wearing a suit and a cowboy hat," Wozniak recalled.
Peddle loved the Apple II, and he arranged a presentation for his top brass a few weeks later at Commodore headquarters.
"You might want to buy us for a few hundred thousand dollars," Jobs said when they got there.
Wozniak was stunned by this "ridiculous" suggestion, but Jobs persisted.
The Commodore honchos called a few days later to say they had decided it would be cheaper to build their own machine.
Jobs was not upset.
He had checked out Commodore and decided that its leadership was "sleazy."
Wozniak did not rue the lost money,
but his engineering sensibilities were offended when the company came out with the Commodore PET nine months later.
"It kind of sickened me. They made a real crappy product by doing it so quick.
They could have had Apple."
The Commodore flirtation brought to the surface a potential conflict between Jobs and Wozniak:
Were they truly equal in what they contributed to Apple and what they should get out of it?
Jerry Wozniak, who exalted the value of engineers over mere entrepreneurs and marketers,
thought most of the money should be going to his son.
He confronted Jobs personally when he came by the Wozniak house.
"You don't deserve shit," he told Jobs.
"You haven't produced anything." Jobs began to cry, which was not unusual.
He had never been, and would never be, adept at containing his emotions.
He told Steve Wozniak that he was willing to call off the partnership.
"If we're not fifty-fifty," he said to his friend,
"you can have the whole thing."
Wozniak, however, understood better than his father the symbiosis they had.
If it had not been for Jobs, he might
still be handing out schematics of his boards for free at the back of Homebrew meetings.
It was Jobs who had turned his ingenious designs into a budding business, just as he had with the Blue Box.
He agreed they should remain partners.
It was a smart call.
To make the Apple II successful required more than just Wozniak's awesome circuit design.
It would need to be packaged into a fully integrated consumer product,
and that was Jobs's role.
He began by asking their erstwhile partner Ron Wayne to design a case.
"I assumed they had no money,
so I did one that didn't require any tooling and could be fabricated in a standard metal shop," he said.
His design called for a Plexiglas cover attached by metal straps and a rolltop door that slid down over the keyboard.
1.top brass 领导层
例句：Apparently, all the company's top brass, from Lord Stokes downwards, agreed.
2.be stunned by 惊叹于;被吓呆
例句：We, the generation brought up under the Red Bannet, being too simple to be riotous, are stunned by the bizarre and motel today.
3.come out with 提出；出版
例句：They are going to come out with a great, new, dictionary next year.
4.adept at 熟练于；善于；擅长
例句：The child is adept at appeasing her parents' anger with a joke or compliment.