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on 24 February 2016
I was very disappointed by this book. The best thing about it was the title. I was really looking forward to hearing more about Woz as he is clearly a very clever man who made a terrific and inspired contribution to the personal computer. I knew little about him other than as "the other guy" in the Apple story and his "hacker" roots. Being of similar age, and having done my share of meddling with computers and programming in that period, I was keen to relive some of the old history. However, this book is hopelessly self-absorbed, poorly balanced, repetitive and egotistical. Where was the editor/coauthor? Asleep? I will refrain from being overly explicit in my review but it is rare indeed that I give up on a bio on someone so influential. It simply annoyed me. It does little to elucidate the relationship with Jobs but simply claims (over and over again) what a genius iWos.
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on 14 January 2014
I thought this book was very poorly written as though he had gone down the pub and was talking to his friends. The style is very colloquial and really there is no need for all the ums and ers of everyday speech. 'Man I drove....''Man it was so frustrating...' 'I was shaking with goosebumps and everything....'
I imagine the aim was for him to appear as just 'a regular guy' but he came across as a bit of a prat. I found the style irritating and frustrating. The content I found difficult as well. Just too much of 'the great I am.' He shows himself to be a rather unpleasant person with his 'pranks' which seemed to be there to show what a clever person he is but just shows him as unkind and thoughtless.
I did my best with this book but in the end I thought 'I've got better things to do.'
He should have employed a good editor.
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on 10 May 2017
Wow! Just finished reading this, what a great insight into the kind of person and engineer Woz is, I absolutely loved every bit of it. What a nice guy. Its pretty obvious most of it is written by him as well, which is nice. The book reveals Woz as a person, an engineer and his time at and before apple, and beyond. He gets quite deep into engineering, I'm an electronic design engineer for a living and found the level of depth very interesting. All in all a great book, well done and thanks Woz!
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on 7 March 2018
Enjoyed the book. Nice to hear the truth about the early days of Apple.

Steve Jobs gets most of the attention but me being a programmer, I was always more interested in Woz's story.

Very interesting book.
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on 11 June 2017
Inspiring look at what makes Woz tick. From a psychological viewpoint it is a case study in what contributes to the ego's search for validation and masquarades as a person's sense of purpose. What a lovely example of a life being lived without awareness of that mechanism occuring
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on 14 January 2012
i bought this for my friend at christmas and he's a computer systems architect and engineer. it didnt have much to do with that side of computers but he said the book had a great insight into wozniaks life and a bit of technical stuff as well, but nothing that an everyday person interested in computers wouldnt understand. if ur interested in knowing more about the guy who is the mastermind behind Apple and other technical stuff, then this is the book for you. my friend isn't much of a reader but cant put this book down. holly-ann
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on 27 March 2013
This is a fascinating glimpse at a moment in history, and the genius of Wozniak who invented the idea of the personal computer as we imagine it today (a pre-loading operating system, useful software, games etc),

It's artlessly written but that adds to its charm. Wozniak comes across as a rather guileless individual, contrasting with his description of Steve Jobs who fleeced Wozniak of money and attempted to disrupt his post-Apple remote control business.
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on 26 February 2017
Book bought for engineer son for Christmas - read about it in another book I was reading and thought he would enjoy it. He did.
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on 9 November 2014
A good book that is a direct route straight into Woz. Quick read and has interesting information about Apple.

Like Jony Ive's book and Walter Issacsons book squarely puts the success of Apple under the person of context.
However add this one to the other biographies and you get a clear view of what Apple did right.

Would have liked more about the 90's

Worth reading and enjoyable.
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on 19 July 2015
A good read and insight to a very clever person,reminds me of myself during the school years,only wished I kept at it.Recmmend read.
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