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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It Paperback – October 17, 2007
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“Budding computer-science majors, Apple aficionados and electronics buffs will find plenty to ingest here, as Wozniak recounts the inspirations and thought processes for his designs.”
- J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times Book Review
“Sincerity and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of this irrepressible memoir, and Wozniak's optimism offers an example to us all.”
- Chris Hartman, Christian Science Monitor
“This memoir truly reflects its author, both in its subject matter and its happy-go-lucky tone…A welcome, fresh perspective for an industry that seems so far removed from its original ideas.”
- Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek
“iWoz is the story about a man filled with curiosity and drive. It's about growing up in Silicon Valley at a watershed time for electronics and computing. And it's about never forgetting what makes a person happy in life and never forgetting one's dreams.”
- Russ Juskalian, USA Today
“At last, Mr. Wozniak gets the stage all to himself [in a] chatty memoir full of surprises.... He reveals a technology pioneer more charming―and whose life is more poignant―than we expected.”
- George Anders, Wall Street Journal
“The mastermind behind Apple tells his story for the first time, from the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant.”
- Book Passage
About the Author
Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.
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I'm not a fan of the VERY informal writing style--it's like he's having a conversation with you in person. I'm not sure it works.
In general, that story is well-told and interesting. We are given insight into the thought process of Woz and how he designed many devices including, of course, the Apple I & II computers that revolutionized an industry. Throughout the book, his affable, upbeat personality shines through and it's hard not to like him. His stories are interesting and they're all here - HP, Atari, Apple, CL9, Steve Jobs, the US Festivals, and so on. However...
Woz likes to brag. A lot. Warranted or unwarranted - he really DID invent the personal computer as we know it - it does get a bit tiresome after awhile. There are also a few places with repeated stories just a few pages apart or facts that contradict each other (a child born in '87 after divorce but then Woz & his wife are "considering" divorce in '88). These detract from the book but not too severely.
Overall, a fine, quick read and entertaining for anybody who enjoys the history of the personal computer.