IWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon : how I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing it

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 313 pages
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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 lifebefore and after Appleis 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. 16 pages of illustrations.
  

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I know this one's been out for a while -- We recently watched the Steve Jobs movie. Sadly, it focused on what a schmuck Jobs appears to have been. I was hoping to learn more about the development of ... Read full review

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What a goody-two shoes. I was not very impressed – a little light on the insights. The only areas he went into detail was on some discoveries – like when he built a middle school science project that ... Read full review

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Contents

Our Gang The Electronics Kids
11
The Logic Game
25
Learning by Accident
43
The Ethical TV Jammer
56
Cream Soda Days
75
Phreaking for Real
93
Escapades with Steve
112
HP and Moonlighting as a Crazy Polack
119
The Apple II
186
The Biggest IPO Since Ford
207
The Woz Plan
222
Crash Landing
234
Have I Mentioned I Have the Voice of an Angel?
244
Leaving Apple Moving to Cloud Nine
259
The Mad Hatter
277
Rules to Live By
287

Wild Projects
137
My Big Idea
150
The Apple I
167
Our Very Own Company
173
Glossary
301
Acknowledgments
311
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About the author (2006)

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.

Gina Smith is one of America's best-known science and technology journalists. Formerly the technology correspondent for ABC News, she reported stories for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline with Ted Koppel, 20/20, Good Morning America, and This Week with Sam Donaldson. Her award-winning column, "Inside Silicon Valley," chronicled the technology industry for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner for a dozen years. Her science and technology columns and stories have also appeared in such diverse publications as The Los Angeles Times, Wired, Popular Science, Upside, Glamour, and The Hollywood Reporter. Her weekly radio show, "On Computer with Gina Smith," has reached millions of households in the U.S. and overseas via the Armed Forces Radio Network. Smith's far-reaching work translating science topics into plain English has earned her a number of awards, including a first place in investigative journalism from the Computer Press Association. She has been included in Upside's Technology Elite 100, the Top 25 Women on the Web, and in the San Jose Mercury News' Top Movers and Shakers in Silicon Valley. She is an in-demand public speaker at technology forums, conferences, and conventions, and currently serves on the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California's School of Engineering. Ms. Smith lives in San Francisco with her attorney husband, Henry, and her young son, Eric.

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