Before co-founding Apple The Woz worked for HP where he was allowed to play aorund with the some of the chips that were used by his department and even take them home for personal projects. A good policy because the corallary to this policy was that HP had first crack at anything their engineers devised. Now I'm a little fuzzy on the exact details but Woz apparently built the Apple 1 and/or 2 with parts he got from HP. However when he showed the machine to the higher ups they passed on the chance to produce and sell itApple was already in the process of being founded though, this was an unavoidable step that no doubt gave Steve Job ulcers). So the question is what if HP had bought Woz's creation? What would have happened to Job's? IBM? Does Bill Gates still make a fortune with Microsoft or Does the fact that the a well established tech company is marketing Woz's handiwork prevent the IBM/MSDOS standard machines form becoming dominant? If Jobs stays with Atari does he become an American Miyamoto?