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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor (edició 2006)

de Steve Wozniak (Autor)

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Once upon a time, computers looked like big, alien vending machines. They had large screens, cryptic switches, huge boxes, and odd lights. 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. Widely affordable and easily understood, Wozniak's invention has been rapidly transforming our world ever since. His 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.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Títol:iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor
Autors:Steve Wozniak (Autor)
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2006), Edition: First Edition First Printing, 288 pages
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Solid autobiography of and by Steve Wozniak; essentially the modern era Leonardo da Vinci. Interesting both due to the information included and what he chose to include, both of which are good insights into his psychology. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
In iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-founded Apple, and had Fun Doing It, Steve Wozniak recounts his life from his boyhood experiments engineering basic electronics with transistors through the early 2000s and seeing the changes in Apple with the iMac and iPod. He describes his ethical background and desire to develop products that improve the lives of ordinary people as well as the simple joy of solving the engineering problems necessary to accomplish that desire. Woz details the first motherboards he constructed, his experiments with phone phreaking and what it taught him about understanding systems, his work with Hewlett-Packard, and more, offering a candidness that’s refreshing for the reader. He also challenges some of the narratives that have built up around his early years with Apple, such as he and Steve Jobs building the Apple I in their garage (they only did the final assembly in the garage), or his leaving the company because he was dissatisfied (he had other ambitions, though he recognized that some employees were dissatisfied). Though Woz wrote this in 2006, it’s a good history of the early days of Silicon Valley from someone who was there and is likely to inspire readers to go out and find a way to make a difference, whether or not they choose engineering. He and co-author Gina Smith’s writing is very readable and conversational, which helps when he describes technical processes. Overall, an enjoyable and inspiring memoir. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Sep 22, 2020 |
This turned out to be a fun book to read. Steve Wozniak is a pretty immature and unsophisticated writer, but what got through was his enthusiasm.

He covers growing up with his father encouraging his own curiosity and interest in engineering and electronics, explaining electronics and helping him build things like crystal radios and other circuits.

Then gets into his college life, his blue box years hacking the phone system (and sounds like it took him a long time to realize it was stealing) and then a lot of detail about how he designed the Apple I and Apple II computers by himself, with Steve Jobs helping start the company and doing the dealing to get parts and business, but not helping with technical design in any way.

I really didn't see the humor in some of the pranks and jokes he described, usually the ones where he wrote that he was dismayed that no one got them. Most of them, I just didn't see what was funny about them.

Throughout the whole book he brags about his skill, although in this case he's probably earned it, he really does have the skill.

And he often gets very repetitive, saying the same sentences over and over, often multiple times in a single paragraph. Paragraphs themselves often change direction and are filled with non sequiturs.

Overall, it was fun reading, not because it was well written, but because his enthusiasm is catching, and I was already a fan of the computers he designed, with my first personal computer having been an Apple //e, of which I have very fond memories. ( )
  KevinRubin | Aug 6, 2020 |
What a delightful character Woz is. He is affable, non-confrontational and the perfect balance and partner for Steve Jobs. He is a genius and an artistic engineer. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his unabridged autobiography. He is a nerd, but a delightful and passionate nerd with a warm heart. I can see why and how the partnership of Woz and Jobs resulted in such a great company. Well, well worth reading/listening. Very enjoyable. BTW, he corrects a few wrong myths about the earlier days and also give his perspective on mistakes and extraordinary accomplishments of Apple. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
When you finish this book, you feel Woz has been your friend for years. This is the "other side of the story" of Apple Computer told with no spin and no blame. The writing is easy reading page turner. ( )
  DoesNotCompute | Jul 23, 2020 |
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Once upon a time, computers looked like big, alien vending machines. They had large screens, cryptic switches, huge boxes, and odd lights. 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. Widely affordable and easily understood, Wozniak's invention has been rapidly transforming our world ever since. His 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.--From publisher description.

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