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.


Our Gang The Electronics Kids
The Logic Game
Learning by Accident
The Ethical TV Jammer
Cream Soda Days
Phreaking for Real
Escapades with Steve
HP and Moonlighting as a Crazy Polack
The Apple II
The Biggest IPO Since Ford
The Woz Plan
Crash Landing
Have I Mentioned I Have the Voice of an Angel?
Leaving Apple Moving to Cloud Nine
The Mad Hatter
Rules to Live By

Wild Projects
My Big Idea
The Apple I
Our Very Own Company

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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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