10 quotes from iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It: ‘Artists work best alone. As the book’s unwieldy subtitle announces, “iWoz” is a rambling stroll down memory lane by Steve Wozniak, the computer wizard best known. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It is a New York Times.
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How I invented the personal computer, co-founded Apple, and had fun doing It. The only areas he went into detail was on some discoveries — like when he built a middle school science project that used logic circuits, the original Apple II board, his work with Attari, and his design for a universal remote.
See all 3 questions about iWoz…. He describes just staring at it, amazed that computers could be used in such a way. If it sounded more polished, it fo be I really enjoyed the majority of this book.
Woz is a study in stereotypes–a brilliant engineer who thinks in electrons, and a socially-inept geek who can’t talk to girls. What a great book this was!
He explicitly lays out why he wrote the book and I’m glad he did. If you are a person who requires perfect grammar, then this book is probably not for you. If you love what you do and are willing to do what it really takes, it’s within your reach. But seriously, Woz is a fascinating character Overall, this autobiography is written from a very personal perspective and in a conversational tone that was easy to read, but didn’t suggest that much thought went into his past.
And while I’ve read a ton of material about Steve Jobs, this was a fascinating portrayal of Wozniak by Wozniak. Markkula said that Wozniak would have to leave his job at HP.
So imagine my surprise when I found myself struggling to finish this ccult. I picked up this book because I was so irritated with Steve Jobs through the things I read in his biography, that I really needed to hear from another voice from the people that created the Apple computers.
He basically uses the book to give his high level life strategy — be a good engineer, correct a few errors Steve Jobs screwed him, but at different times than the press had rightand wax on about the beauty of good electrical circuit design. Contact Us Any Time: I love me some Woz. I thought that would be more special than a normal ring. In between, we hear about his beloved job at Hewlett-Packard, building a “blue box” device that makes free long distance phone callscreating a dial-a-joke service, designing a game for Atari, and inventing the first universal remote.
Wozniak is one of my favorite people, so I’m biased. You can be one. Dec 30, Satyajeet rated it liked it. He’d have been just as happy if he’d never icoh HP. I learned a lot, was inspired, and I’m glad Wozniak finally was able to tell HIS side of the story and set the record straight on a few things. Honors and awards for Steve Wozniak. Because of the high tuitionand an inadvertent expense he had incurred for the university’s computer department, he was unable to attend for a second compkter and instead enrolled in the local junior collegeDe Anza College.
From an engineers point of view, this book is interesting in parts. Too bad he couldn’t have managed that throughout the entire book.
Also, the flights of engineering enthusiasm are eye-glazing. Oct 08, Nicole rated it really liked it. I think sometimes people want them to be these humble experiences but would you be humble in the retelling of your story. The story of Wozniak’s original creations and advancements ties ffom into an industry that has greatly shaped my life computers. I didn’t even finish the book.
Yes, the book sounds as if it has been transcribed directly from Steve talking in a slightly rambling way I’ve heard him speak and it sounds just like this. Eventually, I just skipped over the parts where ieoz describes schematics, and that helped a lot. A personal memoir, and a important counterpart to all the Svengali-like portrayals of Steve Jobs as the evil genius behind Apple.
Skip this book, and just read “Fire in the Valley” instead. You get a good personal account of interesting stories involving Woznaik. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you are looking for anything else in this book, you can as well read the reviews of others and forget this book – those reviews will just do.
Wozniak presents his story in short vignettes, never longer than a few pages, and most no longer than just a few paragraphs. He forgives chicanery and donates stock, he blows a bundle on a neo-Woodstock that he recalls with great fondness, he crashes an airplane, he teaches school and invents the universal remote and devotes massive amounts of time, money, and attention to the arts and to his beloved children.
It is worth listening to, even if your education level is high school and above. I know that autobiographies are about one’s life – but I guess I am more drawn to people who can give and share credit, who approach life with a team-oriented mindset, and who aren’t self-absorbed.
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Refresh and try again. I do not think this book does justice to what Steve Woznaik and Steve Jobs accomplished. They were little things to him, even clt Fairchild and Texas Instruments had just developed the transistor only a decade earlier. And the lights didn’t work. Microsoft Windows 95 lagged way behind when launched at a later date, never to catch up with the elegance of the Mac.
He says that all the ideas for improving the computer came to him while he was designing the Apple I, but he didn’t implement them because he wanted to finish the Apple I in a timely manner. The book was heavy on technology talk and that made the narrative slow down considerably.