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 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.
©2006 Steve Wozniak; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
Okay, this book is not for everyone. I am in IT, what can I say? I gave it 3 stars not because I did not enjoy it, but because this is a book written from the perspective of a geek to people who can relate to geeks -- nothing wrong with that! It is the story of a particular quest for perfection by searching for simplicity. This is not unique to technology since, for example, particle physicists spend their lives striving to deliver to their peers a description of reality via an "elegant formula," writers through thoroughly, yet succinctly, explain an intangible idea, and artists by engaging the viewer/listener's sense of awe to communicate a state of mind. Wozniak did this through his pursuit of turning the complexity of a technical problem into a succinct and elegant piece of technology -- gee, sounds a bit like Apple doesn't it? Jobs was the left brain of Apple as Wozniak was the right-brain: it was this that gave Apple is birth. This book is an insight not only into the mind of a great engineer but into the core 1/2 of what made Apple tick and continues to color its approach to its products. Apple did not invent most of the technology that made it a top company, it strove to break technology's complexity and ugliness by delivering elegant products in the vision people like the two Steves that were its founders.
Does not disappoint. Not Jobs - it's not supposed to be. I read this and then the Jobs book and I was very pleased. This was a much better story, any kid that can learn like he did has a spot in my heart.
As you listen to this book, you can really here the voice of Woz coming through. Not only because the reader sounds a lot like him, but because it is written the way he talks.
The wizard rocks!
No, I really enjoyed splitting it up.
I really loved the technical detail. As a programmer I could really relate to his passion!
Though Steve Wozniak isn't a professional reader, I might have preferred for him to have read this. I listened to this right after "Born Standing Up" (by Steve Martin), and there is value to hearing the author's own voice. However, if you've been touched in any way by the computer revolution, and particularly if you're a tech person, you'll be fascinated by this insider's view to Silicon Valley and the genesis of one of the most successful companies in history.
Like most serious gearheads, Woz has a tendency to talk about his own accomplishments in matter-of-fact terms, which sounds arrogant to the general public. As someone who can fully appreciate the magnitude of his contributions to computer technology, I can assure you that none of this is ego-boosting. The things Woz accomplished in the late 70's and early 80's were truly groundbreaking and (to this day) virtually unmatched.
What most people won't expect is to learn of his fantastic sense of humor. The stories of his pranks may sound childish to some, but his sense of right and wrong always comes through. It's very easy to believe that he really is the charming, gracious, and imminently approachable person that you hear about waiting patiently along with "new friends" to buy the latest Apple gadget.
If you're not a techie, you might find some of his explanations tedious or difficult to follow, but it's well worth it if you do.
NO ! - very condescending in his explanations ! He's a self centered, arrogant, conceited person ! Not at all interesting to listen. The whining really get to you very soon in the book.
No more auto-biography that's for sure!
It's a whinning and un-educational book!
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
I really enjoyed iWoz. It was fun to listen to how a super intelligent kid grows up and achieves greatness. A lot of the book focuses on those younger days but that made it quite interesting to see the various progressions in Steve Wozniak's life (personal and professional). There is a lot of good material on the qualities he developed and maintained that seem to have made a difference in his life. It was very funny and entertaining too. Just trust me on that because I don't want to spoil any of it. I recommend downloading this one and having a listen.
The reader sounds nerdy which is appropriate for this type of book. He is enthusiastic. I only gave him 4 stars though because I figured 5 should be reserved for the case where Steve Wozniak reads the book (that would have been great).
I'm not a big Mac geek so I wasn't familiar with a lot of this history. I did recently start using Mac computers and am an iPhone user but that was only within the past couple of years. I vaguely remember some of those early (+/-) Mac computers (ones after the Apple II) from computer labs at school (college). The story is very compelling (and all true !). Overall it was a great read.
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The narrator for this audio book made it a great listen. The story, the history, the man behind the apple computer made for great history lesson as well as a unique view into a great mans life. I say that because he did something incredible and he knows it and isn't shy to say it. I'd have to say it was well worth my time to enjoy his look on life even if I'm not an engineer.
I liked the inof on how he got into inventing through his early life best.
Yes it is was weel done.
More like this...love biographies.
Tell us about yourself! NOPE, NOT CALIFORNIA...SOUTH CAROLINA MID-LANDS.
STEVE WAS A COMPLEX GEEK. HE SEEMED TO LOVE WHAT ELECTRONICS CAN DO AND ALMOST STUMBLED INTO GREAT SUCCESS. HE DIDN'T SEEM THE LEAST BIT MATERIALISTIC OR TOTALLY DRIVEN AS STEVE JOBS WAS. HE HAD NOTHING TO PROVE!
HIS LOVE OF CHILDREN...MUST HAVE BEEN A GOOD FATHER? THE BOOK AS WRITTEN/READ HAD A REALLY CHOPPY SENTENCE STRUCTURE.
EVERY APPLE HAS A STEM. IT'S THERE AND REALLY IMPORTANT, BUT NO ONE THINKS THAT MUCH ABOUT IT, NOR IS IT A PART THAT'S EATEN.
A REALLY GOOD LISTEN ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST SUCCESS STORIES OF ALL TIME.
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