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iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith

Wozniak is a shy, personal and humble man - virtually the antithesis of his famous ex-partner Steve Jobs - and it is for this reason that it has taken the best part of three decades for him to collaborate on a book about his fascinating life. It's a story lots of people have wanted to hear and as a result Steve Wozniak was able to tell it on his terms. And those terms were 56 two-hour interviews with tech reporter Gina Smith at two restaurants in California.

iWoz is a comforting read but it is all the worse for that. Smith clearly enjoyed her subject's company - in fact, it appears that it was the chemistry between the two that allowed the book to be produced in the first place - and, as a result, the risk of upsetting him caused her not to pry too deeply into the most intriguing parts of Wozniak's life.

The marriage Wozniak is most famous for, of course, is that with his childhood friend Steve Jobs - the enigmatic, brilliant but also deeply troubled and controlling man that started Apple with Wozniak. Acres of print have been given to these two men's interaction. How Jobs pushed Wozniak's extraordinary computer designs, cajoled him into starting Apple, how the two's shared passion and confidence saw some long-haired geeks take on the might of IBM and change the world forever by proving the concept of a personal computer. But also how their relationship fell apart as Job's ego took over and Wozniak insisted on remaining just an engineer, though he merely skirts over some of the arguments that occurred between the two.

If this modesty is the book's failing, there is still plenty to recommend in it however. When he recalls his countless pranks you will find yourself laughing out loud. His pride in having California's first dial-a-joke phone line, and the precise detailing of the fun he had manipulating students with a homemade TV jammer, are worth the price of the book in themselves.

His explanation of how he lost his political innocence when the Pentagon Papers revealed the extent to which the US government had lied over the Vietnam War, is moving and pulls the reader back nearly half a century in just half a page. When Wozniak opens his heart, he has a wonderful, infectious quality.

The same gentle passion comes across when he describes his first love - circuitry. All engineers will immediately recognize the joy that a tight, almost perfect design brings, but Wozniak does a wonderful job of explaining that feeling - the obsessive attention to tiny details that result in a working model - to a wider audience.

Over the course of the book, you start to get under the skin of a man who has retained his calm outlook and almost baffling reasonableness despite having become world famous and staggeringly rich. And if you want the answer to how he's done it, how he appears so undamaged by the extraordinary events that have befallen him, it comes in a strange call to arms at the end.

Wozniak recognizes what he wants to achieve with the book. He claims he wants to set the record straight on a number of things: he didn't drop out of college, he designed the Apple I and II by himself, he didn't quit Apple because he was unhappy, in fact he didn't quit at all. Wozniak wants to talk to those like him: the clever ones that hate the politics and battles of worlds outside their own minds and their own designs - the future Wozniaks.

And his advice is very simple: work alone, believe in yourself and ignore those that tell you you're wrong. After all, it worked out alright for Woz.

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