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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Interesting to hear the tale of Apple's start from Woz's eyes. Also good to get the "feel" of Silicon Valley during that time - maybe one can recognize similar "feel"s as potential epicenters of future change.

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.

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