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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
by Steve Wozniak
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $45.00
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Apple: The real story, February 5, 2007
It is so nice to see the real story. It sounded just like Steve, the engineer, telling it.

I respect Steve Jobs and his achievements enormously. He has the pulse of the market, and insists on style. But his forté is getting people to do the things he wants, not doing the engineering himself. I was well aware that Steve (Woz) had designed the Apple I & II, and was irked when so many people said that Steve Jobs had designed them. Of course, as an engineer, I tend to think of designing the guts of the thing, but packaging, presentation and marketting do have an important role to play.

Steve and I worked on calculators at the same time, for HP, and shared circuits. It was interesting to hear some of the names of people I have not thought about in years.

I liked a paragraph near the end of the book where Steve expresses that the best engineers are artists. If you look at architecture, the engineering is very obviously art (except for some horribly utilitarian buildings, like the Russian apartment blocks). But it is true in electronics too, although not so readily apparent to the non-techie.

I totally agree that it is much better to do everything oneself. At Apple I would work at home in the mornings, because there were too many interruptions at Apple. Then I would work at Apple in the evening when most of the interrupters had gone home. Apple unfortunately became "big company", and huge amounts of time were wasted on project team meetings and staff meetings. Often more time was lost by many people being in a conference room for half a day than was gained but the supposedly improved communication. A loner only has to communicate with himself, and is responsible for everything.

I would have liked a little less repetition in the book, and a little more detail, but it came out as exactly what it was: a conversational series of reminiscences from the man who designed the electronics of the first mass market computer to use a domestic TV display.


Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
Price: $12.99
34 used & new from $4.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful rendition of the Who, February 16, 2006
Excellent A Capella version of the old favorites. Petra's voice brings a new verve to both the dated and the old favorites.

Her "percussion" backing is effective, although not up to the standards of "The Wise Guys", "Die Prinzen" or "Les Swingle Singers". But these groups have years of experience at being human percussion.


Petra Haden & Bill Frisell
Petra Haden & Bill Frisell
13 used & new from $7.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Petra Haden, February 16, 2006
A sweet, pure, voice, singing songs which bring out Petra's fresh qualities. A little reminiscent of Hailey Westnera's Pure. Hopefully this is a springboard to more mature quality as she goes beyond this and "The Who sell out"


Sonic Impact 5066 15-Watt Portable Class-T Digital Audio Amplifier
Sonic Impact 5066 15-Watt Portable Class-T Digital Audio Amplifier
2 used & new from $60.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Impact Amplifier is excellent, February 16, 2006
Install the batteries, plug in the 3.5mm stereo input, connect bare flying speaker wires between the amplifier and the speakers and you are done. I would have liked to have had a 3.5mm stereo out as well.


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