This is kind of a weird question to ask, but please don't label me a troll or critic for asking it.
I truly am curious and don't want to pick any fights. Good?
Ok, here goes…
Why all the interest in making Apple I clones?
I mean, you're probably all honest people and wouldn't try to sell it as a real one or convince your friends it was, so the question of it being a copy is out of the way.
But now what?
Aren't we talking about a non-autostarting computer that is ideally (to be history accurate) loading and saving via a tape drive and capable of less than your standard ][+, //e, GS or emulator?
I mean, is the satisfaction in building it or operating it?
What IS the attraction?
The satisfaction of copying something as accurately as possible?
Doing an interesting DIY project? (believe me, I DO understand the pleasure of this.)
To use for educational purposes or in museums?
To experience that original feeling of what it must have been like for the "pioneers" of Apple-dom?
I'm truly not criticizing or wishing to pick fights, I just sort of don't "get" it.
When it comes to the point of searching for 30+ year old electrolytics (that might well be dry or shorted now) or other components that were exactly like real Apple I's had then for incredibly high prices, it all sounds a little silly, forgive me for saying.
Is this basically a hobby / accomplishment / showpiece sort of thing for those with day jobs in other fields?
Do you actually run them or use them?
What is / was your motivation in making one?
I have seen some very nice examples of replicas and applaud the efforts.
I'm just a little perplexed what the big attraction is.
Can you tell me your story and not be too defensive… I'm truly curious, that's all.