“Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs in 1976, was in Seattle Thursday to speak to a University of Washington class. His goddaughter, Julie Roebuck, is a UW student and invited him to the campus. Wozniak, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, sat down afterward for an interview with The Seattle Times,” Kim Peterson writes for The Seattle Times.
Q: What do you think about Boot Camp, which lets you run Windows on a Mac?
Woz: I don’t think anything of it at all. You know, people say a bunch of PC people will now buy Macs. No. What I really want is just a window that I can go back and forth instantly. I don’t have to reboot. I go to Macintosh, I go to the PC, I go to Macintosh, so right now I use “Virtual PC.” It’s a program on the Mac that emulates a PC but it’s slow.
Q: What can we expect from the book [you have coming out soon]?
Woz: You can expect stories about what really happened, how things were really done, key elements of it. I was a little disappointed — Steve Jobs had indicated he’d write a forward [sic]. But he’d never written a forward [sic] before and I said, “Just write what we were like back then.” We sent him the book and he said, “Oh, I saw some excerpts, and I’m going to decline writing the forward [sic].” I don’t know why because I’m nice to him, so there must have been something he didn’t like.
Q: Are you still close friends?
Woz: Not close friends. Even when Apple really got started we weren’t close friends because he had a different motivation in the company, which was to run a company, and mine was just to be a top engineer that did clever, clever projects. So we almost never saw each other in the company.
More in the full Q & A here.
[UPDATE: 4:28pm EDT: Fixed headline and marked incorrect usage of “forward.” Thanks “essefgy.”]
MacDailyNews Take: Unsurprising. What would be surprising is if Jobs had accepted and was busily typing away right now. We don’t think Steve Jobs likes his name to be anywhere near, much less in, books that he doesn’t completely control.
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