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BBC to air 'Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy' on Wed. night

updated 03:45 pm EST, Wed December 14, 2011

Takes less sentimental approach to Jobs

BBC HD and Two are tonight airing a new documentary on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, titled Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy. The special goes on at 9PM local time, and is said to include insiders like Steve Wozniak and John Sculley, as well as other personalities like actor Stephen Fry, and an inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. It is however described as presenting a more "ruthless image of Jobs," for instance revealing that Wozniak cried after he learned through a book that Jobs had scammed money from him during a game project for Atari.

Wozniak made comments on the documentary during a BBC Radio 4 interview this morning. "I just wanted to be in engineering only -- I never wanted to run a company, never wanted to run things, step on other people -- Steve very clearly did, and wanted to be a top executive and a really important thinker in the world... Apple does a lot of conservative [things] -- we control things -- and has very little tolerance... Even if an engineer told a friend something and it got're fired!"

by MacNN Staff





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  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lovefest over

    Enough of Wozniak already! His 15 minutes of fame ended 20 years ago! He may have been instrumental in the beginning of Apple, but without Jobs, he wouldn't even be a footnote in Tech history! Look at the man - his appearance shows that he has no respect for himself. I didn't mean to make this about "Woz", but his only claim to fame (besides Dancing With the Stars) was thanks to Jobs vision and tenacity! So, let the hating begin!

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  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    woz who?

    Every morning, Wozniak should get on his knees and thank the Lord he knew Steve Jobs. Basically, he has lived off of that (and stock options) for 30 years. He has not given anything else of importance to any industry, and his contribution to Apple is minimal at best. He is wearing is reputation around his waist, it looks like. Seriously, this guy acts like is some insider tech pundit - give me a break.

  1. Thrillington

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    You two clearly know very little about the history and evolution of the industry.

  1. Orbifold

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Woz digital designs

    He'd iterate over a design until there was nothing more to optimize. I used some of his designs as test programs for other companies using the same chips. Nobody's designs came close to his.

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