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'Woz' recounts his love for computers

updated 11:15 am EST, Wed February 28, 2007

'Woz' reminisces in Tokyo

Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak recently recounted his love for computers at a forum in Tokyo, and expressed his desire for every child to explore and see encouragement to that end. "I decided I was going to love this stuff for life," said Wozniak, who designed the Apple II a few decades after discovering a journal for engineers in a hall closet in his home. "It became a game: How can I make a computer with the fewest number of parts?" Wozniak stopped working for Apple in the mid-1980's, according to Reuters, but he remains on the company's payroll and occasionally represents the iPod-maker at special events. Wozniak met Apple CEO Steve Jobs through an acquaintance early on, and the duo launched a business from Jobs' home and garage building Apple computers until they moved to a business building. "Every time I built something, Steve would say, 'Let's sell it,'" Wozniak said. "I was very shy. And Steve was always so good at talking."

Wozniak and his friends who were also electronically inclined used to connect their houses with wires and buzzers, using their knowledge to play pranks on the unsuspecting.

"In high-school, I designed a metronome for musicians that goes tick-tick-tick, and I put it in a friend's locker, where it sounded like a bomb," Wozniak said. "I also arranged it that when he opened the locker, the ticking sound sped up!"

Wozniak described himself as a more grounded individual, while Jobs was more of a floater like the hippies in California who didn't wear shoes and ate seeds.

"But I didn't want to be a follower and wanted to choose my own ways," Woz said, who stressed the importance of freedom to pursue curiosity.

"Young children must open up drawers to touch and feel the shape of things. We're born with that curiosity and that desire to explore," Wozniak said. "When you're young you should be encouraged to explore."

by MacNN Staff




  1. stainless

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why does he still ask for

    Why is Woz still asking for the media attention? Yes, he was part of the original Macintosh but what has he done since then that is equivalent Steve Jobs or even for that matter, Linus?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How ironic that in an article about Woz Apple is described as "the iPod-maker." It may be a truthful description today, but not appropriate in this case.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He's the only figure

    from Apple's past that hasn't faded away. Clarus, the icon Garden, the Picaso-styled Macintosh logo... all long gone, but not Woz. Woz was THE genius behind the boom of Apple. He was the heart, Jobs sold what he came up with and got investors. Without Woz there wouldn't be an Apple. If you can't accept that, I suggest you bite your upper lip and get used to it.

    regarding the iPod-maker line, Apple is still selling more iPods to Macs. That trend likely won't decrease, if anything the next Consumer Electronics Device, iPhone or iTV or whatever they call the next big thing, will further push the Macintosh into the backseat. I see it this way: OS X will live on an integrated chip for the rest of it's life as Apple's proprietary OS for their wonderful devices that connect to Windows system. Don't take that as a Mac hater, I'm being realistic. We wouldn't be stuck with windows or dependent on foreign oil if Americans had any courage to try new things. That's a fact you can take to the bank.

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