There is, however a third possibility. Damage the unit irrecoverably so that it could not be refurbed and sold as new. That practice pre-dates the PC market by quite some time.
A good question is if anyone actually involved with this legendary destruction is still alive and remembers doing it, I guess.
It is cut isn't it. The cut to the top thick track is just too straight to be broken.my pet theory.. it was done by someone that is left-handed.
the cut was done with a hacksaw from the back, they sawed through a bit of the ceramic cap
if that is true, the way the cut was made would have made sense for someone holding the saw in their left hand
I know memory is not 100% reliable and even to the founders of historical companies the prototypes are not always memorialized well. After Al dumped the two good ROMs from the Sol prototype, I went to Lee Felsenstein and Bob Marsh both to ask what the prototype's "firmware" enabled it to do exactly, since we didn't have the third ROM where much of the code was, as it had been damaged. Neither could remember any functionality, and Bob had had the thing in his possession for 40 years at that point. So yes, Woz could potentially be wrong. Over the years he's said a number of things that are demonstrably, almost laughably wrong.Of course, in this case, we still have the guy that actually made the thing in the first place alive (Woz). He is the most authority on these things surely?
If he can't (or won't) authenticate something he made, that must tell the auction house (and the bidders) something...