- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755314069
- ISBN-13: 978-0755314065
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,474,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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iWoz : Computer Geek to Cult Icon - Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor Hardcover – Import, 2006
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The book will be interesting to a specialized audience. You need to be interested in the early history of personal computers (e.g., the legendary Homebrew Computer Club). You need to get a kick out of the amusing but sometimes unflattering lore that defined Apple's history and culture. You need to want to know about Wozniak's remarkably innovative engineering as well as Apple's entrepreneurship. You have to dig the views and personality of a successful but unusual and reclusive countercultural person. It probably helps if you resonate with Wozniak's personal style, and dream about making innovative contributions somewhere, somehow.
1) When he claims to have "invented" the personal computer, he's not being too grandiose. He created some really beautiful early computers. The lore is that these contraptions were the first to have typewriter based keyboards; the first to be useable right out of the box; the first low-cost computers to have color, sound, hi-res graphics, and floppy disks. He developed software that changed industry standards. And to believe Wozniak is to believe that he was the origin of these ideas, surrounded by other creative geniuses like Jobs, Osborn, Marsh and others. Perhaps others shared in these innovations. But there's no doubt that Wozniak was one of the great "out of the box" thinkers of the Silicon Valley "revolution." In the book, Wozniak describes developing all of these things.Read more ›
This book is a great read for all. It shows what passion can create. Buy it, read it and give it to all your family and friends to read.
The stories themselves are interesting: redesigning commercial devices on paper to reduce the number of chips, why colour was so important to him, knocking together Breakout in a few sleepless days, making the Apple I. And there's all of Woz's pranks over the years.
But the problem is, Woz just doesn't have the gift of storytelling. All through the book, I felt like I was simply reading a transcription of stories that he's been telling in person every time he speaks for the past 20 years. (Reading the afterword, I'm pretty sure that I'm right on this regard.) Okay, so they were scrubbed for um and ah, but that's about it. It gives the book a conversational tone that makes me feel like he's skipping over all the really interesting stuff.
With the loving touch of a good editor, this could have been a much better book. It was immensely repetitive, with Woz re-telling stories multiple times. There wasn't nearly enough about the early days of Apple, nor about Woz's departure from the company. The tone of the book was entirely too self-congratulatory, with hardly a page going by where Woz didn't say how clever he is. It trails off post-Apple.
If you're interested in the history of computing, and specifically Woz's contribution to it, there are many other places to start that will give you a much better picture. Read this book only after you've read those.
I worried that this book would be too tech-y for me but it absolutely wasn't. I definitely learned some things about technology along the way - there are clever sidebars throughout the book which explain the technology that is being discussed. More than a technology book, this is a personal story - it is a warm and engaging narrative about one of the great geniuses of our time who invented something that we have trouble imagining life without! What's really great about the way the book is written is that you get a clear sense of what Steve was thinking throughout his childhood - what struck him as interesting and fun and strange and beautiful - and that's what makes this book such a pleasure to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Travel back in time and meet the quiet genius behind Apple. Easy reading, forget about machine language. No assembler needed, just plain English.Published 13 days ago by Edwin
Fascinating look into how Woz developed his electrical engineering craft from the time he was a child learning from his dad to his days at Apple and beyond. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Coley Hogan
Some parts were really technical, but I guess that's the kind of guy he is. The human stories were far more interesting: the people he met and how he interacted with them.Published 1 month ago by James VanAlstine
He rambles a lot about the same mundane things throughout the book. This book could be half as long as it is.Published 1 month ago by Rick
Good book may be a little over the head of the non engineer as he discusses logic at depth. Quick read.Published 1 month ago by Trinitynetworx
I am glad I got it and read it. It seems very honest, and reveals who Woz really was and is. I had always been afraid the Steve Jobs mistreated Woz, and that Woz did not get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Percy Pootwaddle
Amazing read for any nerd. Woz is one of the most amazing human beings I've read about. Everything he does is with good intentions and deservers all he's achieved. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
...By the best engineer in the world himself.
Where can that go wrong?
He's envy, funny and smart. My kind of a person :)
Before you watch movies on the topic it just makes sense to actually read the story from the SOURCE!!Published 3 months ago by Greg B