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Old Jun 11, 2003, 11:15 PM   #1
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Woz Interview: Part II

In a welcome diversion from the ongoing rumor rollercoaster... SunSpot.net posted Part 2 of their interview with Steve Wozniak -- cofounder of Apple.

Woz talks of Apple's marketshare, the digital hub, his philanthropy and is questioned about his ongoing project - Wheels of Zeus.
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Old Jun 11, 2003, 11:18 PM   #2
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Woz is just cool. One of the level headed geniuses of our time. Plus he has a cool company: Wheels of Zeus.
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Old Jun 11, 2003, 11:22 PM   #3
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Woz just has a way of making you stop and put things in perspective. Gotta Love him!
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Old Jun 11, 2003, 11:22 PM   #4
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Can you talk about Wheels of Zeus?

No. No. It's a real neat idea. I'm real intrigued by it. We've got a great product. It did turn out to be about twice what we thought, in terms of expense and time to make, largely because we got into a big service angle -- instead of the product doing everything as hardware. But it's not going to come out from us.

If I were to talk about what it is, I'd be stepping on some other big company's toes. It's not time yet. Maybe July. It's looking like September to December
Could this 'big company' be Apple?!?
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Old Jun 11, 2003, 11:23 PM   #5
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admittedly, i don't know much about woz...but if the article is anywhere close to how he is in real life...what a cool guy.

he's just so nonchalant about his life. he knows he did something huge, but he's got a great perspective about it. like he doesn't have this big head about it, he knows he didn't cure cancer or anything, he just got to live the life he wanted to live...

i like how he put it about being 6 and asking what he would've wanted his life to become, and knowing that he's fulfilled it all.

cool.
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Old Jun 11, 2003, 11:53 PM   #6
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 12:21 AM   #7
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Woz puts everything into perspective. I like his thoughts about how Apple is better for being small. Too bad the few of us who actually use Apple computers know that, but we are just better than everyone else! Now, Apple....On to taking over the computing world!

No, really, Woz seems really cool and like he understands what computing is about. I liked the article.
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 01:13 AM   #8
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cool. i liked reading the first article, this should be interesting.
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 01:29 AM   #9
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Not as much fun as the first one, but still great. The guy really has life figured out. For someone who is basically responsible for the PC revolution, he sure seems laid back. He separates hype and reality nicely.

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Not as much fun as the first one, but still great. The guy really has life figured out. For someone who is basically responsible for the PC revolution, he sure seems laid back. He separates hype and reality nicely.

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i agree. so, woz, what's self actualization really like?

seriously, what a cool guy. when i realized i was a true mac geek (and started reading up about the history of the company, etc) it was already post-imac, so the cult of steve was in full swing again. woz was like the other guy from wham! i didn't know anything about him. but the more i read, and the more i hear, he just seems like the kind of role model (<---UH! Cheese-) we all need.

this interview, like it was said at the top of the thread, a welcome distraction from the rumors. thanks for posting it.
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 06:45 AM   #11
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Wow I really want to meet him, he sounds so random just like me, dabbling in everything, getting in above your head. I have yet to crash a plane, however there is always time!

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edit: but he's strangely grounded at the same time.

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Old Jun 12, 2003, 07:01 AM   #12
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 07:40 AM   #13
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Woz's comments about Wheels of Zeus and their "service" make me think that perhaps they're responsible for the "Pal." I wouldn't doubt it, especially if Apple's the big company whose toes Woz doesn't want to step on.
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 08:23 AM   #14
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He and steve seem very opposite from each other, it must have ben interesting to see how they wre together

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(or a more serious answer, they probably had very different ideas and persepectives, so put them together and you've got something quite speical)
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 11:08 AM   #16
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Who could possibly post a negative reply!

It seems disrespectful to post a negative reply to this interview. But hey, maybe some people are so wrapped up in themselves that even Woz can't shed them a clue. What a great man to be in the history books of such a great company. He is still in there I think. You can still feel that soul in these computers. And I don't think Steve and him are opposites at all. Steve is different, yeah, but he is coming from an artistic place, his motives are still that this is more than just a dollar making machine. It's still personal. I would say that Bill Gates and Woz are opposites.
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Could this 'big company' be Apple?!?
I think so too, since most other companies make anouncements years before they actuall ship. If he can't say anything about as product that will be introduced in a couple of months, it just has to be Apple.
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Old Jun 12, 2003, 11:10 AM   #18
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It made me smile just to read that he's happy, content, and doing what he wants to do.

I think the reason the Steves worked well together in creating Apple is that one got his fun from the technology and one got his fun from the business. I think they were like Sony and Cher, Woz/Cher having the most raw skill and Jobs/Sony having the drive and showmanship to create and grow the business. However, both Steves found ways to influence the music world without learning to sing!
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Sadly, I got dumped... she doesn't know what she missed out on.
Well, not everyone in a family can be a genius right?
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My tennis coach lived next to Woz. Gave his wife tennis lessons. My coaches son also went over and had major video game sessions with Woz. His house was filled with arcade games lol...
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woz was like the other guy from wham!
I'm sure he's flattered.

I'd say it's more like he's the DJ Jazzy Jeff to Job's Fresh Prince.

The Chewbaca to Job's Han Solo.

The Harry to Job's Loyd.

The Q to Job's Bond.

The guy behind the guy.
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Woz' Relating to Regular Folks

The thing that has always impressed me with Steve W. is how he isn't afraid to mingle with the regular folks. I was on an iBook list for a while, and he was there too, getting and offering feedback as he was considering an iBook (I think he ended up getting one for his daughter). I don't think Jobs or Gates come down from the clouds often, if at all, to see what the "masses" are up to, do they? :-)
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Re: Woz' Relating to Regular Folks

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I don't think Jobs or Gates come down from the clouds often, if at all, to see what the "masses" are up to, do they?
They don't seem to, but they should. And if they do, they should do it more often. Woz seems more like a regular guy (a genius, but a regular guy). Look at who Gates had - Ballmer. I'm amazed M$ ever made it (I take that back, look at their shady business practices). Woz would've never stiffed a poor waitress for 6 bucks like Gates did.

Wouldn't it be cool if Apple is that other big, secret company?
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Re: Woz' Relating to Regular Folks

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I don't think Jobs or Gates come down from the clouds often, if at all, to see what the "masses" are up to, do they?
Well, Jobs shows up in an Apple Store now and then, but I don't think that counts for much. He's reviewing his troops, not shopping. But at least he dresses casually so you might mistake him for a "normal" person.
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It may not be for the reasons we think that famous people such as Jobs don't "come down from the clouds". It may be simply because famous people CANNOT mingle with ordinary people even if they wanted to, because they are easy to recognise. Can you imagine what it would be like to be badgered to confirm the latest Mac rumours every time you go shopping?
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