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Transcript of Steve Wozniak
Stephan Gary "Woz" Wozniak was born in August 11, 1950 in San Jose, California. He is an American computer engineer who co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. His machines and inventions have credited significantly to the PC revolution of the 1970s. Created By
Hussein Nasr In 1970, Wozniak had become friends with Steve Jobs, when Jobs had a summer job at the same business where Wozniak was working on a mainframe computer. The Woz currently lives in Los Gatos, California, and is a member of a Segway Polo Team, the Silicon Valley Aftershocks. He is also a sworn member of the Freemasons. His favorite video game is the original Tetris. Jobs, being the entrepeneur that he was (and still is), wanted to sell the computer as a fully assembled, printed circuit board. Though "Woz," was at first skeptical at this hair-brained idea, Jobs convinced him saying somehting along the lines as: "Hey, at least we can say to our grandkids that we had our own company!" Though it is generally accepted that Apple was born out of Jobs garage, the first assembled computers were made in Jobs' bedroom. They apparently ran out of space, very quickly In 1975, Wozniak dropped out from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and came up with the computer that eventually made him famous and can be considered work of art since the hardware, circuit board designs, and operating system was the work solely of Wozniak. In 1981, he crashed his airplane in Santa Cruz. He was not legally qualified to operate the airplane, and had a lack of familiarity. This caused a stall just after take off. As a result of the crash, he had retrograde amnesia and temporary anterograde amnesia, and for a while, didnt' remember the crash ever happened. "With the Apple I design, he and Jobs were largely working to impress other members of the Palo Alto-based Homebrew Computer Club, a local group of electronics hobbyists very interested in computing, one of several key centers which established the home hobbyist era essentially creating the personal computer industry over several years. Unlike other 'Home Brew competitors', the Apple had an easy to achieve video capability (however crude and ugly these appear today) that immediately created buzz and drew a crowd when it was unveiled."-Steve Wozniak-Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Retaining the fundemental principles behind the Apple I design (simplicity and ease of use), "Woz" then updated the design with a high-resolution CRT screen, as well as other upgrades that eventually resulted in the Apple II computer.
This is one of his greatest
contributions to the technological
world. Heres a link to play
emulated Apple 2 games.
http://www.virtualapple.org/ In addition to making the modifications to the Apple II, Wozniak also wrote some of the software, including SWEET 16, a Breakout-style game that not only performed well, but also made an excuse to give the computer sound capabilities. In 1980, "The Woz" and Steve Jobs
hit it big, raking in millions of dollars
after the company went public. After the accident, Wozniak returned to apple in 1983, but as an engineer and product developer. In 1987, he left apple, though curiously he still gets paychecks from them! After leaving Apple, Wozniak founded other ventures, one of which resulted in the first Universal Remote Control. He also founded several philanthropies, and hold severl patents and awards. Among his awards, his most significant is the National Medal of Technology, awarded to him in 1985 by then-president Ronald Reagan. Wozniak was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.