Awesome and inspiring book for the inner nerd in everyone. I'll have to say though that if you're not at least familiar with electronics you may yawn during the detailed explanations of circuits for his projects and inventions. I thought it was great though and brought me right back to college electronics labs. Finally, a voice of logic and reason among a world of MBA speak!
A must for any Apple or computer fan, this book clears the idea that Steve Jobs was not the only force behind Apple creation and success, very interesting and entertaining, ebook.
Really good overview of Steve Wozniak's life and accomplishments. He comes across a little arrogant in this book, but in a personable, lovably innocent way. The book is written in a very informal, conversational style. For example, the book is peppered with "Wows!" and "Oh my gosh!" The narrator does a very good job of conveying this style to the listerner.
Woz's stories on developing the Apple I and II computers as well as the remote control for his CL9 venture can get a little mired in technical detail. But for a former electrical engineer, there was serious nostalgia as he talked of circuits, gates, binary numbers and chips. If you are an Apple fan or interested in computer engineering, I highly recommend iWoz!
I have and I will.
Woz living Woz
With self respect, remarkable candor, and clarity, Woz shares an historical recount that is unassailable on grounds of his contributions, and his character. The path of least resistance for a person like him is to answer the passion born from his outlying engineering IQ. As this unfolds, other important skills go underdeveloped. He does not attempt to hide or distort this fact. He also does not claim he can't do it, rather he makes it very clear it's just not his thing.
I learned about the integrity and character of the story teller by his unpacking of his story vs first and second hand promotion which, obviously is effective right? He got sacrificed pretty bad on more than one occasion because well, he's got some really significant blind spots that probably would not exist if it were not for heavy duty compensation from his strengths. Amazingly, amazingly it's all good though, learning moments, keep it light, and keep moving forward, "still I had a lot of fun and I would do it again because I love this stuff" , referring to programming, concerts, and so on.
I love this guys attitude. I relate to how he thinks, deeply.
It was a very thorough recapitulation not only of Wozniak's life, but also gave you a really good timeline on how the personal computer was created and developed over the years.
What I love best is that it is so easy to understand, Woz explains the most technical things in a way that everyone can understand.
This book is really entertaining, Woz has many interesting and funny stories to tell, and it is also educating. Just great.
iWoz definitely earned it's place among my personal Top 10 books of all time.
This book is really enlightening your passion for technical devices and gives you a great feeling about your own creativity and abilities.
Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist
I love the way Woz takes us through his childhood pranks, breaking minor telecommunications laws and worrying about whether the police were going to arrest him for his techy long distance phone cheating tool. He gives a no holds barred look at himself and its so hilarious that I laughed until my stomach hurt and tears leaked from my eyes. Since I was driving, I'm lucky this audiobook didn't cause an accident.
At one point, he details how he scrambled the TV broadcast during the old days of TV antennas on top of the set and only let it display correctly when someone's hand was placed in the middle of the screen. He let his fellow collegiates watch the end of the big sports game while one of them was holding his hand in the middle of the TV. If they've known, they'd have thrashed him. Woz was a bonefide bad kid, but he was as brilliant as he was bad. This story is a blast. I don't know that I learned much about technology, but I learned to really love Steve.
I have been reading since before I started school. If I am not sitting in front of a book, someone is reading it to me!
This was a fun read. I laughed out loud so many times. Interesting story and nice history of computers. Nice to see the personal side of growing up as a computer engineer.
The performance was good. The story was good. I was always interested in the back story that never made it to the mainstream.
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind" - Winston Churchill
Wozniak's upbeat, non judgmental, and positive tone.
There are to many books about Apple's History, most of which are crappy and littered with falsehoods. The real story comes with a combination of Walter Isaccson's Steve Jobs Biography and iWoz. The two childhood friends are as different as night and day, but both were essential to the founding of Apple and the development to the first practical personal computer. Woz, was the engineering brains, and Jobs was the business brains, and both are required reading for the complete picture of the PC revolution.
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Wozniak has such a matter-of-fact way of talking about his life. Woz sees a problem, finds a solution, makes - or loses - a few million dollars with his project, and moves on to the next thing that interests him. Repeat.
One aspect that really surprised me is that the whole Apple thing seems like such a blip in the life of Woz. In fact, Woz thinks his creating the first dial-a-joke service in his area is a much more notable accomplishment than building the Apple I or Apple II. Woz also invented the universal remote control. Who knew?
Interspersed with technical descriptions and hilarious pranks, iWoz is both insightful and genuinely funny. There is very little emotion in the book (except passion), at least on the surface, yet Wozniak still manages to come across as a proud teddy bear.