|[a] Property RF|
|[b] AppleMan RF|
—WordStar. You had to be there.
—John McPhee. Just an example (but one of the great nonfiction writers of his generation).
—16-bit processor. Click.
Taiwanese companies shamelessly copy, plagiarize, and pirate Western materials. If you want an American bestseller you can find it here for about a quarter of the price in the United States. The author won’t get any royalties, you can be sure. They even keep the foreign press names and jacket blurbs (“this is Mr. McPhee’s eighteenth book for Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux”), possibly to preserve the aura of authenticity and possibly because it didn't seem to matter. Computer hardware and software are also widely pirated. A word processing program (WordStar; I’m using it now) that costs $600.00 in the United States can be purchased for about $5.00.
There are a passel of IBM and occasionally Apple “compatible” computers on the island, all claiming to be full-fledged sixteen-bit systems. Some of them are. Many of them are in the two-bit category. If you visit a computer store, the first thing the manager will ask you, once he sees that you are a foreigner, is whether you plan to use the system here or take it overseas. If you want to take it home with you, he’ll point you to the more expensive (still inexpensive by American standards) systems that stand a chance of getting across the border.
|[c] Intense RF|