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.
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.
While some of this book were interesting, it is clear that this gentleman is so full of himself that he can only put any and all experiences in a totally positive light. Much of the book felt like he was just bragging.
This book is completely pathetic. It's almost unbelievable that the reading is as bad as the book itself. Wozniak comes off as a 10 year old, proclaiming over and over "I can't believe how smart and talented I am! And I'm not bragging - I really am! Not only that, I'm self-aware and I really care about other people too!" The technical parts are so pedantic and boring the details can't even save the book from itself. The reader sounds like the guy who plays Bill Gates on the Apple commercials, with pretentious enthusiasm and unaware of how clueless he is. I wanted to like the book but it just kept getting worse and worse, chapter after chapter, and I just couldn't take it anymore. I will probably go back to it a few more times, trying to finish it, giving up repeatedly as the pain returns. I gave it one star because the review process won't seem to allow me to submit this with no stars.
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.
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