Woz visits Microsoft, speaks to overflow crowd

“Steve Wozniak, the iconic Apple Computer co-founder and technical mind behind the company’s landmark early computers, was in Seattle Friday to promote his autobiography, ‘iWoz,'” Todd Bishop reports for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Bishop reports, “His stops included an afternoon speech on the campus of longtime Apple rival Microsoft Corp., where he spoke to an overflow crowd of the Redmond company’s employees.”

Woz spoke with the Seattle P-I Friday morning on various subjects (Segway polo, teaching, pulling pranks, etc.) including:

Q: Do you use other types of computers, as well, or do you stick to Macs?

Wozniak: The only time that I use PCs is when I have to, say, program a little microprocessor for a project, and the tools are only available for a PC. I don’t have to very often go to the PC mode.

Q: On the subject of Microsoft, you’re speaking with employees there later this afternoon. You haven’t been there before.

Wozniak: No, I haven’t. But I’ve never been one of those people that takes a big, strong side. Macintosh versus PC. Hey, my preferred machine, the one I’m comfortable with, is a Macintosh, and I’ve got my reasons, and they’re good reasons. But I don’t try to apply them to everyone else. I was one of those people that would start asking a lot of questions to recommend a type of computer to buy. And some people, just because of the sort of work you do or whatever, or the sort of person that I sense you are, a PC is really going to be more your type.

There’s a certain element of people, too, that’s maybe in the creative or movie world, or the television world and the music world. They almost always turn out that a Macintosh is a better suggestion.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Only Apple Macs can run Mac OS X and, if you must, Windows. Why buy an OS-limited PC when you can get an OS-unlimited Mac?

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34 Comments

  1. My wife’s ex-husband MUST have access to an XP system in order to do his most important computing. Real Soon Now a Mac may be an option for him, but it will be running XP as often as not.

    Not An Option.

  2. Hum…

    I am a Mac Fanatic. However, it often does the very opposite when you try to convert others while behaving like an irrational fanatic. That doesn’t work. It does the very opposite. Turns people off.

    Instead, you present a reasonable case to the pc victim user. Mac is an intelligent choice. You have to appeal to peoples desire to be smart, intelligent and wise. Show them what you can do…let them foster envy. Also, it hehoves you to know your enemy.

    Remember, these poor pc users are unaware they are suffering from the Stockholm syndrome. They have been programmed to accept less…so suffer abuse. They have over time learned to love their abuser, Mafia-Soft.

    You bring those victimized by MafiaSoft with good reason. Making the switch is rewarding and feels good! Baby steps. PC bashing does the very opposite to the PC user. You just tell them that they are stupid and rule by poor choices. Let them grow, with a little help, to make the right decision.

    Show them tha it just makes practical sense to use OSX with the past and current Mac equipment and software.

    Apple Saves.

  3. Oops. I caught a spelling error. Sorry. Here it is again:
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    I am a Mac Fanatic. However, it often does the very opposite when you try to convert others while behaving like an irrational fanatic. That doesn’t work. It does the very opposite. Turns people off.

    Instead, you present a reasonable case to the pc victim user. Mac is an intelligent choice. You have to appeal to peoples desire to be smart, intelligent and wise. Show them what you can do…let them foster envy. Also, it behooves you to know your enemy.

    Remember, these poor pc users are unaware they are suffering from the Stockholm syndrome. They have been programmed to accept less…to suffer abuse. They have over time learned to love their abuser, Mafia-Soft.

    You bring those victimized by MafiaSoft with good reason. Making the switch is rewarding and feels good! Baby steps. PC bashing does the very opposite to the PC user. You just tell them that they are stupid and rule by poor choices. Let them grow, with a little help, to make the right decision.

    Show them tha it just makes practical sense to use OSX with the past and current Mac equipment and software.

    Apple Saves.

  4. Microsoft sucks.
    Windows blows.
    Woz is a tool.
    Yankees suck.

    These are some sure things in life.

    Woz’s more of a tool every time he opens his mouth.

    Woz is putting distance between him and his Mac greatness doing 12.5 mph on a Segway.

    WAIT!! It all makes sense!

    1. Rich.
    2. Fat.
    3. Geek.
    4. PC friendly.

    OMG, Woz should become CEO of Microsoft! LOL…..

    THAT would be amazing….he probably would too, just to piss off Apple.

    I wanna see a Developers! Developers! Developers! with Woz on a Segway.

  5. A few years ago Woz was all agog about pcs. If i remember correctly it was something like “Windows has done more for the ui than Mac” or words to that effect. His low view of apple then imho probably contributed to SJ not writing the intro the book

  6. Totally agree with Woz’s statement about choosing Windows or a Mac. I think everyone is better off with a Mac, but let’s take hardcore gamers for example. You can configure a totally rockin’ Windows box for about $1300 that kicks serious butt for gaming. You can spend more of course, but $1300 would be a very fast PC with a great gaming videocard.

    For this person, if they ONLY care about gaming, I would recommend a Windows box. The iMac isn’t a contender, because of the limited choice of video cards. The Mac Pro can be a totally rockin’ Windows game machine of course, but for a lot more money. Plus, you’d have to buy a video card that Apple doesn’t offer, just for the Windows mode for gaming. It will plain and simple, just be a better machine, for less money, for one thing only — hardcore gaming.

    That’s the facts, folks, and if you’re too stubborn to see that, that’s your problem.

    For everyone else, I would recommend a Mac, hands-down, period, end-of-story.

  7. ugh, macs are built for one thing only, that is to waste your money. Instead of buying a trashintosh, get a PC with watever OS you like. If you want to be all pissy, then build your own OS! Apple/iPod SUCKS!

  8. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but Woz was strictly a hardware guy. He designed the Apple II hardware. He had nothing whatsoever to do with the Macintosh. Also, it was Jobs that got excited about the work over at Xerox PARC that gave birth to Mac OS. The Mac is, and has always been a product of SJ’s vision, not SW.

  9. Agree with Historian above. Plus our current operating system OSX (that is making the big difference in Mac vs PC sales), was a total trashing of OS9 and a complete rewrite of the core based on NeXT which had nothing to do with Woz. Steve Jobs wasn’t even an Apple employee at the time he and those working for him created NeXT before Apple bought it from him to base OSX on.

    However, none of us would be here without Woz and his original creations at Apple. I am forever humbled by his genius.

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