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.
I thought at first I had downloaded a young adult or younger book. Lawlor sounded like he was reading to children. His tone was patronizing at best, ineffective at least. Perhaps he was trying to set the pitch to his estimation of author's own voice. Made it hard to stick with the book.
For the most part.
I agree with other reviewers - Woz has an ego the size of Alaska, and some of the extended/protracted descriptions of technology were out of my field of interest. His penchant for pranks and particularly the lengthy description of the remote control prank wore thin. But there was still enough I liked learning to justify the credit. Would have been much easier with a different narrator, though.
This book is written to aspiring engineers and has a great deal of detail about circuits created by Mr. Wozniak. The book goes into great detail about how he designed circuits for the Apple and other things. I did not know he invented SuperBreakout for Atari. I wish I had a little more education on basic electronics so I could have enjoyed the technical parts of the book. The early years at HP take up a good part of the book. Mr. Jobs is treated generally well in the book except for a time where he cheated Mr. Wozniak out of some money from Atari. Mr. Wozniak makes some references at the end to Apples Rebirth but did not seem to be involved. If you like very tech stuff then you will like this book. The book is written in naive style that lets the reader draw their own conclusion about the characters described. His former spouses are described in such a way that the reader can infer their character flaws. I would think that Mr. Wozniak would not be happy with me taking some of the stories at more than face value. Remember to read or listen between the lines.
My disappointed is directed mostly toward the author for doing a poor job in developing anything of real substance from interviews with Wozniak.
It is almost as if she let Steve ramble on about anything that came to mind and then transcribed it , word for word, into a book.
Very little structure, very little probing into what must have been a very complex relationship with Steve Jobs.
In some places it felt as if she must be getting paid by the word. It was maddening to hear Steve recount something by repeating the same thought four or five times.
Based on what impression of "The Woz" comes through, that of an egocentric genius, with many childish qualities, I don't doubt for a minute that these ramblings came straight from his mouth.
However, I would have preferred that the author use some skill in editing, or simply recorded the discussion and published it in Q and A form.
This is the first negative review I have ever posted. I really wanted to like this book....just didn't happen.
This book is the personal memoir of Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple Computers.
Woz fascinates me, he is an engineer at heart but he is also a teacher, a humanitarian, and a jokester. In this book he recounts his childhood experiences at science fairs, his teenage years with neighborhood friends plying practical jokes and making cool electronics, on to college, the creation of Apple, creating the US festival, becoming a 5th grade teacher, having children, and everything in between.
I got this book from Audible and Patrick Lawlor does a great job inserting passion and excitement into the text narrates the book. My limited knowledge of Woz is that he is a very excitable guy with huge passions for what he does, and that really comes across in the book.
Too technical and at the same time too sophmoric to be enjoyed. Mr. W. contents himself with a reliving in detail his highschool and college pranks. Inexplicably he fails at one point to understand why he should be punished for a planting a fake bomb. I really expected more. What a disappointment.
This narrator as usual does a good job with the material he has been given.
As an engineering type, I really appreciated the theme/story and the life observation/commentary presented. All of the technical discussions are very well presented so readers of all backgrounds can enjoy the story behind this very facsinating indivdual; the type of individual who would be great to meet and know. I was glued to every minute of this book.
To learn about Woz the book will give you great insight, yet because it is audible you will find it difficult to get through the 10+ minute explanation of practical jokes and details that Woz thought important (example a practical joke with a TV Jammer in college for the main TV Viewing room and all the different positions he got the students to hold while making the TV Signal work...10+ Minutes of this... too many things like this). Yet some stuff does give you insight for down the line. Seems like the last 2 chapters of the book probably had an editor involved as it picks up and really comes together and really gives you an insight to Woz nowdays (pre-Kathy Griffin meeting...now I would have liked to read that).
Maybe the book will really appeal to geeks. Maybe it is what it is like letting the Geek Personality really come through in the book. In either case I would have skipped this if I had only known about the long passages. But now I have insight on Woz.
Always Learning though I'm not sure it changes much of your life to be honest.
this book is a fine way to pass some time. it is both entertaining and informative. the author creates every opportunity to point out how smart he is and how others are not, but it works because ther are other things to balance it all out. steve jobs is the cheating no class man we thought he was. i was surprised to find that "WOZ" is a man with a great heart and a teriffic human being. not what i had guessed prior to the read. good book, left me feeling upbeat and wishing more people were like him.
Anyone with an ego the size of a small planet? I dunno, Nero, Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, Donald Trump perhaps.
Anything to take the taste of this out of my ears.
No one could have made this self-lovefeat sound palatable.
None I could I hear.
I thought the meek were supposed to inherit the earth. Not in this guy's case. I couldn't stomach the chest-beating arrogance past the sixth chapter. Do yourself a favour and read the new Steve Jobs bio instead. He seems to have been a bit of a jerk too. But I'll wager even he had more humility than Wozniak. Yikes.
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