Who am IMy name is Nicola D'Agostino. I am a freelance journalist and translator based in Italy. The first computer I owned was a Macintosh LC 630 and I've devoted the last 20+ years of my life to research, study and chronicle the evolution of computer science technology and in particular the history of Apple.
Stories of Apple (and its italian version, Storie di Apple) are the two websites where I publish original content about Apple. It's an informal history of technology, design and software and hardware culture originating from Cupertino's Infinite Loop.
What is Stories of Apple
I've written about incredible projects such as The Jonathan Computer, told the little-known story of how Apple entered the UNIX workstation market, revealed the secret birth of Photoshop, tracked down the Mac and software Prince used in "Graffiti Bridge" and interviewed key Apple employees, such as Bill Fernandez and legends like John "Captain Crunch" Draper.
The Jonathan Computer. Picture: ARNOLDSCHE Art Publishers, Hartmut Esslinger & the frog(design) team.
Why I need your supportI love to write long, well-researched, in-depth history pieces, but they take a lot of time and effort to create, fact-check, illustrate and also correct and expand when new data becomes available.
I've written a lot of news and articles about Apple for a major online website and also a monthly review for a newsstand magazine for many years but, so far, I have been able to devote only a small part of my time and energy to my Stories of Apple. I would like to do more and output great content on a more regular basis (I have dozens and dozens of drafts and outlines) and I think Patreon can be the right way to sustain my work.
Yours truly interviewing John Draper, aka Captain Crunch, in 2008. Picture: Massimo Politi.
If I get enough support by readers on Patreon, I will be able to write more original stuff and even try my hand at some more ambitious projects, like regular columns and videos.
How does Patreon work?Patreon is a way for individuals to come together using small monthly payments to support creators doing important or interesting work. If everyone who supports that work gives a few dollars a month, when combined, it can make a big impact.
What will I do with your support?My goal is to write (at least) one "story of Apple" a month, publish it first here on Patreon for my supporters and later on the Stories of Apple and Storie di Apple websites. Additional goals will finance a bigger output of articles and other great content.
What do I get from supporting?You will read all of my articles in advance, plus you will get various rewards. You will even be able to choose what shall I research and write about, depending on how much you give every month (see the rewards sidebar on the right).
Thanks in advance for your support. With your help, I hope I can keep chronicling the incredible and vast history of Apple, its hardware, software and people.