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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor
     

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor

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by Gina Smith, Steve Wozniak, Patrick Lawlor (Narrated by)
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400103287
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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

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IWoz 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Jose J. Ortiz More than 1 year ago
If you want to meet the real Steve Wozniak, then this is the book for you. I picked it up yesterday on the Nook store and I simply could not put it down. It feels like Woz is kindly guiding you, thru very pleasant and fascinating insights, on a brilliant tour of his life and work. Two thumbs way, way up!
BoomerFromTexas More than 1 year ago
Very amusing, well written, funny and lots of insight. This is a "Must Read" for anyone with an interest in computers.
DudMc3 More than 1 year ago
A must read for electronics nerds. I couldn't put it down, it is easy reading and oh so relatable. His description makes it easy to see how he came up with the idea for the personal computer. I chuckled all through the book reading about his brilliant pranks. I'm a bunch of years younger but I grew up in the same area and well remember the Commodore PET and TRS-80. It's a fun book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iwoz i ss great. Im nit very ito computers but wozniak puts it in lame mans terms and at a fu pace. Well done
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
IWOZ  What a delightful read! Not only was this a captivating memoir, but also a fun walk down memory lane. As you read the hard-to-put-down life story of Steve Wozniak, you also get a glimpse into the technological history of our lives. I'll be honest; I'm an admitted Apple fan. My motto is "once you go Mac, you never go back." But even if you have never owned anything made by Apple, your life has been changed and made easier by the innovative creativity of "the great Woz" and his partner Steve Jobs, and this would likely be an interesting read. I highly recommend this autobiography of the first, best and brightest "Apple Genius."
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I find that offensive and very much abusive and acusing. I am ten and turning eleven in november so......please be nice to the others and remembetr some twelve year olds act pretty much orderly.....unlike you who seems to be an eleven year old!
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If you have read .......Steve Jobs..........this is the rest of the story.
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This was an excellent read. I read through it during and after work for 2 days straight. Woz speaks just enough about the technical to keep geeks interested, but not so much that it gets confusing. It is great to read the thoughts of the creator of the first functional personal computer.
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BobJay More than 1 year ago
I can't believe all the positive reviews of this book. I bought it when it was initially released four years ago and it read like it was written by some vindictive, braggart tweleve year old. I was totally embarassed for Wozniak. Not worth the price, even if it's free, people.
DrJay3 More than 1 year ago
This is written like someone giving a speech at career day for their child's 3rd grade class. It is as if Steve is desperately trying to validate his place in history. Great accomplishment, bad book.