10 quotes from iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It: ‘Artists work best alone. As the book’s unwieldy subtitle announces, “iWoz” is a rambling stroll down memory lane by Steve Wozniak, the computer wizard best known. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It is a New York Times.
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Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — beek by Steve Wozniak. But in “the most staggering burst of technical invention by a single person in high-tech history” BusinessWeek ” iWoz traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, and Apple Computer was born, igniting the computer revolution and transforming the world.
Here, thirty years later, the mischievous genius with the low profile treats readers to a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of his life—for once, in the voice of the wizard himself. Paperbackpages. Published October 17th by W.
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Lists with This Book. To give this a bit more depth, let me explain. Steve Wozniak is a brilliant man, a kind man, a wonderful man. I’d love to have him as a friend, family member, coworker I said the opposite of Jobs when reading his biography.
He just simply cannot write. Every page reads like an excited little boy who just came home from school And then I built this project.
And then I pushed the “on” button. And the lights didn’t work. But I learned a lot. And I tried a new project for the scie I gave up. And I tried a new project for the science fair. But it doesn’t make for good writing.
There is something to possibly be said about the fact that maybe Woz’s life is a bit dull for this sort of thing. He had no issues with his childhood. He loved his parents. He’s unblemished by his past. I’m telling you, he’s an absolutely excellent guy, but such good-naturedness doesn’t leave a lot of room for conflict. Then again, I also think there’s tons that’s interesting about Woz.
But it would have been better left to an autobiographer to tell, someone who could emphasize the important parts, locate them in the spirit of the times, or at the very least draw out broader thoughts from his subject.
This leads me to my second problem: That means that any of the exciting little stories embedded here the early days of phone phreaking, the Home Brew Club, Apple’s early days I had already heard–and frequently in much more fascinating detail. So, no matter how many times I tried, I just couldn’t finish this book. View all 7 comments. The impression this book left me was an attempt to set the record straight, which is never a good thing in a biography.
Writing-wise the book is awful. Repetition ad nauseam, boasting, etc. We don’t really get to know the man behind all those achievements, that is, the universal remote control, Apple I, Apple II, Apple III Ahem, sorry, my mistake, this one was “invented” by a committe lead by Steve Jobs, ah ah. If you’re really interested to know the Wozniak’s personal take on the “invention” of the personal computer, go ahead and read it.
If not, there’s already a all bunch of information on the web, where the record is already straight View all 4 comments. I’m glad I ignored most reviews about this book. Anyone starting to read this book expecting to be wowed by a literary genius or amazing elaborate stories need to a reality check. What I love about this book is that you totally get that Steve Wozniak is a pure bred engineer and anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with engineers would understand that his commentary is not about boasting or arrogance, it’s simply the way engineers think!
He explicitly lays out why he wrote the book and I’m glad he did. After reading it I felt like doing two things, designing something to create and also pulling some pranks of my own!! One hell of a big ego, almost too mich to bear. Although this book is an interesting glimpse at the early Apple days and the Apple I and II, many of Woz’s claims did not ring true for me.
I was with Digital Equipment Corporation DEC from to 2nd largest computer company at the time and many of the “1sts. In my opinion, Apple’ s world game-changer was the Lisa. Its graphics windows user interface and its s Woz Its graphics windows user interface and its subsequent use on the Mac completely changed how humans interact with computers.
I was working at DEC’s home office in the early 80’s as we were struggling with creating a common user interface.
When I saw the Lisa announced and demoed at a Philadelphia computer conference I reported. Microsoft Windows 95 lagged way behind when launched at a later date, never to catch up with the elegance of the Mac. This mp3 in my case book is an interesting story of Apple and its early computers, but is primarily an inside look at Apple co-founder Steve Wozniack’s significant technical and prank talents, personality and view of life by his not so humble self.
There are many bright engineers and many good ideas. Woz is smart not smarter, but his main component of success was that he was lucky at the right time.
OK for a speed-read and then toss it. Anyone computter loves Woz, and reads at a third grade level.
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Steve Wozniak is one of my heros. He’s a brilliant engineer who changed the world just by doing what he loved to do and doing it well. Tto sense of humor is legendary and wonderful. I love me some Woz.
So I pre-ordered iWoz as soon as I heard about it and couldn’t wait for the Amazon box to arrive at my door. Boy was Iwkz disappointed.
The writing for this book fromm atrocious. It uses small words and basic, repetitive sentence structure. It’s boring to read. The stories are interesting but definitely Steve Wozniak is one of my heros. The stories are interesting but definitely needed the skills of a professional writer. I didn’t even finish the frpm.
Every sentence is mind-numbing and I just couldn’t do it anymore. In the end, Woz has a little bit of my money which he can use to buy another Segway. I’m okay with that. I’m just a little disappointed. This book is a very difficult read.
I have tremendous respect for Woz, but this book was so poorly written jcon had such a conceited narrative that I struggled big time. I can’t believe he had a co-author. This book grates on my nerves because of the writing style. I’ve tried to read it twice now unsuccessfully. Apr 16, Amir Tesla rated it really liked it Shelves: Delicate, wonderful, inspiring biography. One of my favorite literary genres is the origin story.
How did a great thing get invented, how did a great person become great. This one is the fdom of how Steve Wozniak invented the personal computer at a very young age, and helped found Apple Computer. This is a very breezy read, pretty obviously dictated and barely edited. I finished it in a weekend, and One of my favorite literary genres is the origin story. The primary purpose of the book appears to be Woz claiming his place in history as the inventor of the personal computer.