iWoz – And the Personal Computer


Everyone loves a good story. I think that “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It”, the autobiography of Steve Wozniak qualifies.

Black and white photo of the two Steves sitting by an original Apple computer

(Pictured below: Steve Wozniak’s original Apple I computer. I would say that Apple’s image has come a long way.)

Original Apple I computer

Being a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to buying new books, I’ve waited for over a year for the paperback edition of iWoz to be released, but when I found iWoz available as an audio book from iTunes, I downloaded it immediately and listed to it virtually non-stop over the course of two days. The book is an absolute thrill-ride of the geekiest proportions and brought me back to the days of my first computer. (It was an Apple IIe with a green monochrome monitor, 80 column video card, not one but two 5.25″ floppy drives — perfect for copying and sharing early computer games, and an Apple dot matrix printer.) I wonder where it’s at today?

iWoz book coverMany of the events detailed in iWoz are also recounted in Pirates of Silicon Valley, a must-see movie for any computer geek on either side of the PC / Apple divide.