iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way (Unabridged)
by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith
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The mastermind behind Apple Computer sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: what if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen? The result was the first true personal computer, the Apple I, a widely affordable machine that anyone could understand and figure out how to use. Wozniak's life before and after Apple is a "home-brew" mix of brilliant discovery and adventure, as an engineer, a concert promoter, a fifth-grade teacher, a philanthropist, and an irrepressible prankster. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution.
iWoz: A Lesson In Egomania
I thought I would buy this book to learn about this great mind, a person I think is one of the true geniuses of our time. However, for the first couple hours of part 1, it seems that all you here is how smart he was at this, how he did this before anyone else, all the awards he won, etc. I already know he's smart, but do I really need to have him telling me how brilliant he is every 35 seconds? It got so annoying I went to part 2 where he gets into Apple. That was a bit more enjoyable, but with about an hour to go on part two I had enough and just deleted the book. For 8 hours of talk-time, I would say 2 hours of that is solid self-adulation. If I published this book, I would have made him re-write it. Another reason to be wary of autobiographies.
iWoz is Great!!
I love this book and the man! Woz, you are a true hero!!
Best book ever