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Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange vending machines, with cryptic switches and pages of encoded output. But in 1977 Steve Wozniak revolutionized the computer industry with his invention of the first personal computer. As the sole inventor of the Apple I and II computers, Wozniak has enjoyed wealth, fame, and the most coveted awards ...more
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Published October 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2006)
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Jackie
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I gave up.

Edit: To give this a bit more depth, let me explain. Steve Wozniak is a brilliant man, a kind man, a wonderful man. I'd love to have him as a friend, family member, coworker (I said the opposite of Jobs when reading his biography). He just simply cannot write. Every page reads like an excited little boy who just came home from school (And then I built this project. And then I pushed the "on" button. And the lights didn't work. But I learned a lot. And I tried a new project for the
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Manuel Antão
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Well, as far as a biography goes, there isn’t all that much and what there is, is only adding to the impression of a somewhat disjointed personality.

The impression this book left me was an attempt to set the record straight, which is never a good thing in a biography.

Writing-wise the book is awful. Repetition ad nauseam, boasting, etc. We don't really get to know the man behind all those achievements, that is, the universal remote control, Apple I, Apple II, Apple III (Ahem, sorry, my mistake,
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Joel
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Wozniak = Crazy Technical Genius. I'm glad I ignored most reviews about this book. Anyone starting to read this book expecting to be wowed by a literary genius or amazing elaborate stories need to a reality check.

What I love about this book is that you totally get that Steve Wozniak is a pure bred engineer and anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with engineers would understand that his commentary is not about boasting or arrogance, it's simply the way engineers think! He
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Gale Jake
Woz...One hell of a big ego, almost too mich to bear.

Although this book is an interesting glimpse at the early Apple days and the Apple I and II, many of Woz's claims did not ring true for me.

I was with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) from 1973 to 1983 (2nd largest computer company at the time) and many of the "1sts. or breaktgroughs" claimed by Woz had been already done by DEC and others.

In my opinion, Apple' s world game-changer was the Lisa. Its graphics windows user interface and its
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James Williams
Sep 12, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Woz, and reads at a third grade level
Steve Wozniak is one of my heros. He's a brilliant engineer who changed the world just by doing what he loved to do and doing it well. His sense of humor is legendary and wonderful. I love me some Woz.

So I pre-ordered iWoz as soon as I heard about it and couldn't wait for the Amazon box to arrive at my door.

Boy was I disappointed. The writing for this book is atrocious. It uses small words and basic, repetitive sentence structure. It's boring to read. The stories are interesting but definitely
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Gil Bradshaw
This book is a very difficult read. I have tremendous respect for Woz, but this book was so poorly written and had such a conceited narrative that I struggled big time. I can't believe he had a co-author. This book grates on my nerves because of the writing style. I've tried to read it twice now unsuccessfully. iWoz is pretty arrogant and annoying.
Amir Tesla
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Delicate, wonderful, inspiring biography.
Review tonight ...
Ken
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorite literary genres is the origin story. How did a great thing get invented, how did a great person become great. This one is the story of how Steve Wozniak invented the personal computer at a very young age, and helped found Apple Computer.

This is a very breezy read, pretty obviously dictated and barely edited. It’s like sitting in a room with Steve Wozniak as he tells you his life story, with some diversions and some humorous anecdotes thrown in. I finished it in a weekend, and
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Ken
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
iWoz was a good autobiography of an interesting man. Many comments in other reviews mention the self-centered and/or patronizing sound, but it may not be his intention, and for those who know him, it may not be seen that way. Maybe the editors should have told him how it was coming off to strangers, but I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be that he possesses genius of a level that crowds out some social conventions, so he doesn't know that explaining things that are very ...more
Deanna
Apr 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Deanna by: brother-in-law (but even he wasn't impressed with the book)
Ok, I do have to admit that I haven't finished the book (nor do I want to at this point - but someday I may pick up where I left off.) I was first interested in reading this because I thought that the guy who invented Apple "must" be a pretty interesting guy. Maybe he is...but it doesn't come across in this book. He comes across as the most arrogant, self-centered, self-important person EVER! I know that autobiographies are about one's life - but I guess I am more drawn to people who can give ...more
Gayle
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A personal memoir, and a important counterpart to all the Svengali-like portrayals of Steve Jobs as the evil genius behind Apple. Because in the beginning there were the Two Steves, each a necessary part of the original Apple, and in this book, Steve Wozniak steps out from behind Jobs' shadow with a grin and a wave.

Woz is a study in stereotypes--a brilliant engineer who thinks in electrons, and a socially-inept geek who can't talk to girls. A guy who wants to change the world for the better, and
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Hriday
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I am not an Apple fan boy. I liked this book.

I agree with most other reviewers who claim that this book does sound a bit braggy, i know it all types but hey, it is Steve Woz! I also agree that the writing style is not very literary but again, the co author has left it the way Woz would probably talk. This book doesnt claim to be a literary masterpiece nor is it lining up for the Booker/Pulitzer. Try Orhan Pamuk or Salman Rushdie if all you want is literariness. This is a book for
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this book as a follow-up to the excellent Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. What a great book this was! Steve Wozniak was the sole engineer who designed/invented the Apple computer, the first personal computer that worked with a keyboard and TV monitor. If you know anything about Steve Wozniak, you know that he is a down-to-earth and very honest regular guy. The wonderful thing about this book is that this is way the book reads and flows. Therefore, it's a very enjoyable ...more
Brooks
Mar 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Peter Tieryas
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually heard Wozniak speak at Berkeley more than a decade ago and had always been curious to learn more about him. And while I've read a ton of material about Steve Jobs, this was a fascinating portrayal of Wozniak by Wozniak. I wrote some of my thoughts over on my blog and it was less of a review and more me just quoting some of the things I loved from the book:

"You know, it’s strange, but right around the time I started working on what later became the Apple I board, this idea popped into
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Gypsy
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
iWoz is a MUCH easier book to read than the Steve Jobs biography. I picked up this book because I was so irritated with Steve Jobs through the things I read in his biography, that I really needed to hear from another voice from the people that created the Apple computers.

This book came out in 2006, 5 years before Job's authorized biography was published. It was written in the first person so it feels like you're having a cup of coffee with Woz himself & just listening to him tell you his
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Rohan
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I do not think this book does justice to what Steve Woznaik and Steve Jobs accomplished. In fact, reader must know that this book is about Woznaik as a person and not about Apple or Steve Jobs.

From an engineers point of view, this book is interesting in parts. You get a good understanding of what goes on within an engineer's head. You get a good personal account of interesting stories involving Woznaik. One story really bothered me: Woznaik's investments with the concerts which ended up with
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David Natiuk
I really enjoyed Steve's book. It made me want to be an engineer so much that I actually opened up and played with my son's SNAPCircuits set! I think I missed my calling. But seriously, Woz is a fascinating character... a mix of brilliant engineer, and positive free-spirit, change-the-world man.

I was growing up at the time of the computer revolution and I'm now curious about the computers behind all those video games I used to play. The story of Wozniak's original creations and advancements
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Jack Treml
I was a little shocked with Woz' casual arrogance throughout his narrative. Several instances of this attitude shine through from his recollections of his childhood and the founding of Apple in the mid 70s, clear up to more recent work with the US festivals. Overall, this autobiography is written from a very personal perspective and in a conversational tone that was easy to read, but didn't suggest that much thought went into his past. On the positive side, it does a great job of providing a ...more
Bob Oliver
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the majority of this book. But what I enjoyed was the part a lot of the reviewers complained about. I was fascinated with Steve's childhood and the forces and events that led him to co-found Apple. I couldn't get enough of the technical details and descriptions of the state of technology in the early days of computing. The quirky style of writing gives you insight into the way Wozniak thinks and was very valuable in understanding him. If it sounded more polished, it wouldn't be ...more
Mike Ogilvie
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for anybody at least mildly interested in techno-geek stuff, the history of our information age, or if you just like a good autobiography.

I knew previously that Steve Wozniak was part of the force behind building the original Apple PC products. But I actually had no clue that he is all but single-handedly responsible for inventing the world's first Personal Computer. As an I.T. aficionado myself, that story line was inspiring. It's very uplifting for anyone who's got great
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Dan Brock
May 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


I quit! On page 52 I finally became so tired of the "I am the best, the smartest, the most athletic, the most wonderful . . ." that I give up. The biography of Steve Jobs made Wozniak sound like a brilliant, shy, introspective and under appreciated genius, but Wozniak's own autobiography disproved that. I'm also tired of the insulting parenthetical notes that insult the readers intelligence, explaining basic math and computer concepts that a 6th grader should know by now. But he does say
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Prashant
This is few of those books which come across as an honest journey of a person, in this case it's steve woznaik.

In this book, he talks about his inspirations, things he did apart from computing and clears various gossips around him. What I loved most about him was that while he was one of the pioneer or The pioneer of Apple however he was a simple person before Apple formed and he remained simple after Apple got formed. (He was never behind money but behind his true motivation of engineering)

It's
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Matt
Nov 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Wozniak is a fascinating personality and the father of the modern personal computer. His story deserves to be told in a manner befitting the impact he and his inventions have had on the world.

However, Woz, despite his genius with electronics, is not a writer. Nor, apparently, is his co-author. This book's writing is amateurish and unengaging. In the hands of a qualified biographer, this could have been one of the most arresting biographies of the last 30 years. Instead, it reads like a
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Josh
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is one of the oddest feelings to read a book-- by a complete genius, nerd, geek, mastermind, who is experienced and aged in life, and who changed the face of technology forever and always-- written in seemingly a 6th Grade reading level. I had a lot of trouble reading this for the content, and history, and occasionally even science, when in every other sentence Woz used a filler word, or finished a sentence with "You know?" or started a sentence with "Anyways", "So", "I always believed", "I ...more
Bonnie
Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am surprised at how much I did not enjoy this book. I admit to being quite biased in favor of Jobs, Wozniak, and all their fruit-flavored technology. So imagine my surprise when I found myself struggling to finish this book. It was quite the let down. My first complaint is that it is poorly written. The tone is very conversational, and while sometimes that works well in a book, here it does not. Apparently, the author had conversations/interviews with Woz and those were made into the book. It ...more
Kim
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone thinking about reading this book, I would highly recommend doing the audio version. While Woz is a engineering genius, he is not an English major. If you are a person who requires perfect grammar, then this book is probably not for you. But, if you like history of technology and are curious about a huge icon in the tech world, then give the book a try. Sure, like most autobiographies and memoirs, it is pretty self congratulatory and a little over the top in some parts. Autobiographies ...more
Kevin Neilson
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wozniak is one of my favorite people, so I'm biased. Yes, the book sounds as if it has been transcribed directly from Steve talking in a slightly rambling way (I've heard him speak and it sounds just like this.) However, he has such an infectious enthusiasm, one can't help but be charmed. I wish I had some elements of his personality. He'd have been just as happy if he'd never left HP. He goes into some technical detail, because he's so interested, but I wish it had been a little more, and I ...more
Adam
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, this book was bad. Great history of computers and great on engineering but terribly written.

Woz may be a genius engineer, but writes like a 3rd grader. Humans are not computers. You do not need to input information into humans like you are writing code. He constantly repeats himself as though we forgot what he wrote 10 pages before. Additionally, I get it's an autobiography, but never have I read so many I, me, and my's in one book...especially when combined with the adjectives of
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Khairusy  Syakirin
very inspiring!!! got the true view of Apple revolution and its history
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Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.
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“I hope you're as lucky as I am. The world needs inventors--great ones. You can be one. If you love what you do and are willing to do what it really takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise.” 17 likes
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