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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

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The mastermind behind Apple sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time.

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. 16 pages of illustrations.

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"Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made his mark by designing some of the most efficient, even graceful, bundles of circuits the computing industry has seen. In his new memoir, 'iWoz,' he tries to explain how he accomplished that — and reveals that he doesn't write with nearly the same precision.

At its best, the book shows 'Woz' to be a quirky, dedicated innovator who would have been a perfect... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Everyone should enjoy Woz's very personal and engaging story....What a wild ride!" Ray Kurzweil, inventor and author of Singularity Is Near

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"Every engineer — and certainly every engineering student — should read this book….It is, in a nutshell, the engineer's manifesto." Guy Kawasaki, author of The Macintosh Way

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"Worth waiting for…adds intriguing new information to the history of the origins of the personal computer revolution." Alan Deutschman, author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

Book News Annotation:

In this first time account subtitled: How I invented the personal computer, co-founded Apple, and had fun dong it, "the Woz" recounts his early years and how he and Steve Jobs' created the first true modern computer. The book includes anecdotes sure to be of interest to fellow geeks, photos of the engineer, and a glossary of computer terms. Not referenced or indexed. California journalist Gina Smith is listed as co-author. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"'The Woz' built the first [personal computer]--by hand, by himself."--

Synopsis:

Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange vending machines, with cryptic switches and pages of encoded output. But in 1977 Steve Wozniak revolutionized the computer industry with his invention of the first personal computer. As the sole inventor of the Apple I and II computers, Wozniak has enjoyed wealth, fame, and the most coveted awards an engineer can receive, and he tells his story here for the first time.

About the Author

Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393061437
Author:
Wozniak, Steve
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
With:
Smith, Gina
Author:
Smith, Gina
Author:
Wozniak, Steve
Subject:
Business
Subject:
History
Subject:
Inventors
Subject:
Industries - Computer Industry
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Inventors -- United States.
Subject:
Computer industry -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
313
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "Everyone should enjoy Woz's very personal and engaging story....What a wild ride!"
"Review" by , "Every engineer — and certainly every engineering student — should read this book….It is, in a nutshell, the engineer's manifesto."
"Review" by , "Worth waiting for…adds intriguing new information to the history of the origins of the personal computer revolution."
"Synopsis" by , "'The Woz' built the first [personal computer]--by hand, by himself."--
"Synopsis" by , Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange vending machines, with cryptic switches and pages of encoded output. But in 1977 Steve Wozniak revolutionized the computer industry with his invention of the first personal computer. As the sole inventor of the Apple I and II computers, Wozniak has enjoyed wealth, fame, and the most coveted awards an engineer can receive, and he tells his story here for the first time.
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