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iWoz by Steve Wozniak
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Dec 04, 13

Read in January, 2006

What a goody-two shoes. I was not very impressed – a little light on the insights. The only areas he went into detail was on some discoveries – like when he built a middle school science project that used logic circuits, the original Apple II board, his work with Attari, and his design for a universal remote. He went through two divorces and raised two kids and we have a total a few paragraphs on these events. The one area I wanted to know more about was the start up of Apple. He goes into some detail on the Homebrew club, but very little on Apple from Apple II release to the IPO. He basically uses the book to give his high level life strategy – be a good engineer, correct a few errors (Steve Jobs screwed him, but at different times than the press had right), and wax on about the beauty of good electrical circuit design.
The one area I like was his description of growing up. He was very out there – youngest Ham Radio operator – his parents bought him a ham radio kit when he was 12 because he wanted to do it and spent three months getting licensed. Then his dad spent about $2K worth of equipment and how he and his dad built the kit over the next three months. He also designed computers on paper (circuit diagrams) since electrical chips were too expensive too buy – he did this for fun in high school – like doodling.
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Bryce I did lack a bit of the details about starting Apple, but Steve Jobs' biography covers that more.

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