Apple co-founder Woz recounts love of computers

“Apple Inc. co-founder Steven Wozniak was barely 10 years old when he discovered the love of his life,” Aiko Wakao reports for Reuters.

Wakao reports, “In a hall closet at his home in California’s Santa Clara Valley, he didn’t find a secret entrance into a fantasy world or a box full of candies, but a journal for engineers that described machines that people in the late 1950s had rarely heard of — computers. ‘I decided I was going to love this stuff for life,’ Wozniak said in a speech at a forum in Tokyo on Monday hosted by financial firm CLSA Japan.”

Wakao reports, “A few decades later, Wozniak created the bestselling Apple II — among the first computers that came in colour, plastic and with sound — which became a de facto standard for schools all over America.”

“Fans call Wozniak, ‘Woz’ or the “‘Wizard of Woz,’ for helping bringing about a revolution in the industry that saw the advent of easy-to-use and affordable computers,” Wakao reports.

Full article here.

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19 Comments

  1. I love how teachers think the only person capable of criticizing teachers, is other teachers. You people are so idiodic it isn’t even funny! You system is flawed exactly because of what Jobs said! Your unions are squishing any sort of attempt at positive change.

    Even a huge liberal like Jobs knows this!

  2. All you blowhards that think you have the answers to educations problems – do something about it! Teach!!! Change the world!!! Fix the system!!! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Regarding Jobs’ “teachers unions” comment: There are plenty of well-researched books written by people that know what they’re talking about, some of them former teachers and/or administrators, and they address the fact that teachers unions are a major contributing cause to the low quality of public education in this country. So really, we need to stop hearing from these people that pretend that Jobs is just talking out of his ass and that he is alone in his view. This is actually a pretty widespread view, based on fact and observation, and the teachers unions are just going to have to get over themselves and realize that they’re not above criticism. Our schools are about the *students* – not the teachers. Deal with it.

  4. Jeff wrote: “All you blowhards that think you have the answers to educations problems – do something about it! Teach!!! Change the world!!! Fix the system!!!”

    That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. And on so many levels.

  5. He saw a magazine when he was ten, and “a few decades later” created the Apple ][?

    They must have meant a few years later!

    from Wiki – born August 11, 1950, and created the Apple I and Apple II computers in the mid-1970’s.

    So in 1960 saw a magazine and by 1976 had co-founded Apple with Jobs. Sixteen years is a “few decades later”? WTF?

  6. @jeff

    Done. Last year as my daughter fell farther and farther behind in mathematics (doing fourth-grade math in eighth grade), I finally took matters into my own hands, with the full knowledge of the teacher, who even provided some of the printed materials. My daughter and I went from 3rd grade math through 8th grade math in one school year, and she really learned how to learn math. She did it without missing any school, and all testing was done by her classroom teacher, (her math grades never dropped blow a B). Now in her first year of high school she is actually relaxed in her Algebra I class and completely comfortable with the fact that she has the ability and the skills to learn any mathmatics that she needs to or wants to. Helping her to gain this confidence has been one of the single biggest rewards of being a parent so far. It took great sacrifice on her part and mine, and the entire family, but we both agree that it was a small price given the outcome.

    If you’re a parent and you are really concerned about you kid’s academic deficiencies, you better get up and do something about it now, while there’s still time to do something about it. If you have to give up one of your cars, or have less personal free time, or whatever the sacrifice is, remember its only temporary and this opportunity will only come once for each kid. Don’t stop demanding improvements from our educational institutions, public and private, but please never forget that its ultimately your responsibility to make sure that your kid can read, write, and do the math.

    I sluffed off in math all of the way through high school, part of that was my own fault, and the other part was simply because no one, not even my own otherwise dedicated parents, would stop and take the time to help me believe that I could even do it. Consequently I have all but screwed myself out of the jobs and interests I really want/have as an adult. I wanted to do EVERYTHING I could possibly think of to make sure this did not happen to my kid. Don’t get so wound up in the shortcomings of our ed. system that you lose sight of your immediate responsibilities as a parent. The bottom line is not the system, its YOUR kid.

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