iWoz - From Computer Geek to Cult Icon


macrumors Penryn
Original poster
Jul 11, 2003
iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It (Hardcover)


NEW YORK, Sept 27 (Reuters) - There was excited chatter as the revolutionaries met in a nondescript garage in Menlo Park, California, but in the beginning few of them really knew how they would change the world.

And yet within a year of that first meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club on March 5, 1975, a computer was in the hands of consumers for just a few hundred dollars and the personal computer revolution was under way.

Steve Wozniak says that meeting inspired him to design and build the first Apple computer, but he almost didn't show up. "I was shy and felt that I knew little about the newest developments in computers," he recalls.

Shyness is a theme for Wozniak. He is "the other Steve" in the duo behind Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), the self-effacing engineer to Steve Jobs' brash marketing whiz.

While Jobs, now presiding over the success of Apple's iPod, is almost a household name, the other Steve has been content to stay out of the limelight, until now.

In a book titled "iWoz" published this week, Wozniak seeks to tell the engineer's side of the story and set a few things in the record straight.



macrumors 6502a
Jan 25, 2004
Mountain View, CA USA
He's doing a tour in support of the book. You can check out his appearance schedule to see if he's coming to your area. He's doing a slew of media appearances in the next few months, and his schedule says that he'll be doing something at Macworld Expo this year too.

I saw him speak on Monday, and he's quite cool to listen to.



Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
Note that Woz will be on The Colbert Report tomorrow night.


May 26, 2004
Randy's House
I like Woz.

Met him when I flew into San Jose last year for the Big Sur Marathon and he was just sitting there in the waiting area. No big deal. I just said hi to him (and stupidly did not get him to sign my iBook) and talked about the robotics conference he was going to.

Nice guy - I'll get the book or put it on my list to Santa.


macrumors member
Jul 6, 2006
Florida, USA
nickelbackmac said:
I wonder why he has a book, but is nowhere spotted at Apple keynotes and such. Although I only went to WWDC 2006.
The top image on woz.org has him with Jobs at the Macworld '05 Keynote.

Will have to remember to record The Colbert Report--thanks for the heads-up on that one!

Speaking of Jobs, strange that he declined to write the foreword for the book. I would have liked to have seen that. Alas.



Moderator emeritus
Jul 19, 2002
Kalmia said:
Speaking of Jobs, strange that he declined to write the foreword for the book. I would have liked to have seen that. Alas.

I think that it would have been nice to have SJ's forward on the book.


macrumors newbie
Oct 26, 2006
has anyone read this book? i read it a couple of weeks ago and thought it was interesting. it seemed like it was written so that anyone (5th graders) could read it and that worked for me. :)
besides apple's history, i especially liked reading about the US festival and how it got started from woz's view.


macrumors Penryn
Original poster
Jul 11, 2003
I bought it and am finding it boring. Finally up to the beginning of Apple part do I hope it gets better. Disappointing as I have read nearly every other book published about Apple.


macrumors 68020
Jan 3, 2006
I've seen "iWoz" at the bookstore on Sunday by coincidence. I read through the first few pages. I found it interesting so far. I might actually buy it, it is on quite a discount at Amazon. Maybe it is not selling that well... :)