iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

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The mastermind behind Apple 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...

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Overview

The mastermind behind Apple 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.

* Mp3 CD Format *. The mastermind behind Apple sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. 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.

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Stephen "Woz" Wozniak claims that he was inspired by Tom Swift; but even that fictional science wizard would be dazzled by the achievements of the Apple co-founder. Wozniak's 1975 brainstorm developed into the Apple I, the world's first true personal computer. This engineering and marketing breakthrough became the catalyst of a revolution that we still happily inhabit. In this brisk memoir, the reclusive "Wizard of Woz" describes his epoch-making years at Apple and his multiple careers thereafter. He also describes his recovery from a 1981 airplane crash, which left him temporarily without a short-term memory. The "Other Steve," the silent half of Apple, speaks out.
Peter Burrows,Peter
This memoir truly reflects its author, both in its subject matter and its happy-go-lucky tone. ... At its best, iWoz is what its author says he hoped the book would be: an inspiration for nerdy kids who may feel "outside the norm."
—BusinessWeek
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400153282
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Gina Smith is a technology and science journalist and the author of The Genomics Age, which Barron's named one of the top twenty books of 2005.

Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor.

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