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Roller Derby on Segway

Here is something you don't see every day. (Original photo by Mike Sedlak).

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Current interviews, articles and press coverage featuring Woz.

Woz Makes top 10 list of Commencement Speakers 2011
As the month of June draws to a close, so does graduation season. Years from now, when today’s seniors reminisce about their big day, most won’t remember who delivered the commencement address, let alone what was said. Read the story

BrandiBrandi Sheare
As many of you know, I have a few musician friends. Some are well known but most are normal, meaning they barely survive, especially these days. Brandi Shearer's music and voice touch Janet and me emotionally. We have attended concerts of Brandi's and have spoken to her. Brandi is the only musician that Janet and I offered to host on a house concert for, in our own house. Our messy and constantly changing calendars made this impossible, but we tried.

Other friends, and non-friends, of mine have been able to finance recording and movie projects and technical devices with the 'kickstarter' service. It's a great way for you to vote for projects you want to see completed. I am asking you to check out Brandi's voice and style and consider making this project possible.

Only our support and something like the internet and 'kickstarter' can make it work. Imagine that this is something similar to myself, Woz, having limited time to create the early Apple computers and start the company.

I consider this a good thing to do. I hope that some of you see it in the same light. If this project completes, then it will mean a lot to me. Any contributions, of any size, to this effort will not be in waste. I'm hoping to be a significant part of the success of this project. I'm also planning on supporting this project in other ways than kickstarter, like on my web page.

Cordially, with extreme thanks, Woz

Please click here for more information on how you can help

Many Mac enthusiasts may not be aware of this, but Steve Wozniak, creator of the Apple II and co-founder of Apple Computer, loves music.
Read the MacDirectory Woz interview

In Search of the ValleyIn Search of the Valley
Woz is featured in a British documentary on Silicon Valley. The film is described as the story of three friends' personal journey into the psyche of Silicon Valley, when in September of 2004 they swapped London for California, spending one month visiting and talking to many of the valley's heavyweights and biggest personalities. Others featured in the movie include Lee Felsenstein, and Apple alumni Andy Hertzfeld, Guy Kawasaki, Dan Kottke, and Jef Raskin.
Cool Podcast: Connecting
Connecting is the story behind the first computer hackers who, armed with only a telephone, a little technical knowledge and a lot of curiosity, learnt how to exploit the phone system, discovering how it worked and what else it could be made to do. Go where only your ears can take you. Featuring the voices of such legendary figures as Captain Crunch, Joy Bubbles, Mark Bernay and cofounder of Apple computers, Steve Wozniak

Speaking of Pranks...A Reader Asks:
I speak about the Civic Center, and the history that occurred there - such as the United Nations being created in 1945 at the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building. Years ago,I thought that I read that a version of the Apple had been introduced at Civic Auditorium at an early computer fair. So the purpose of my question is really see if a historic event involving the Apple occurred at the Civic Auditorium. Did you introduce or in any other way promote the Apple at any time at Civic Auditorium, and if so, what was the significance to Apple, the computer industry, (perhaps even yourself) of that event.

Woz: Steve and I had started a company and sold mostly built computers during 1976. I had designed the Apple ][. It had half the parts and ten times more things than any other low cost computer, including many revolutionary ones that would set the tone of what a personal computer should be. It would wind up being the first successful, massively selling, personal computer.

But this industry was just kicking off and we realized that we could probably sell 1,000 of this great computer per month. That took a lot of money. We had none, so we went looking. We met Mike Markkula, and he launched us. I had to leave Hewlett Packard, which was tough.

At this time the [first] West Coast Computer Faire was being planned for Civic Auditorium. Steve Jobs got the info packet. Both he and I felt that we had such a good product that we should immediately secure the prime booth spot, which we did. We also arranged to rent a video projector. This was such an early year that such projectors were virtually unknown. It was a BIG deal.

The few of us that made up Apple at this time were all there to meet people and show them what we had. Mike Markkula talked to store owners and gave them legal paperwork to establish accounts with us and start ordering. We were a rare company at this time to even have such a professional approach. Almost all the companies had amateur technologies and amateur business practices.
...More on this Reply and the prank

A Reader Asks:
Dear Woz,
When you call Apple to order stuff and you give them your name, do people recognize you and say "Hey, your that dude that created Apple!"

Woz: I order Apple stuff online. I doubt that any human ever sees the names. But once I ordered a gigabit ethernet option. Apple noticed two months later that only two of these had been ordered, both by me! I do get noticed every time I buy shareware, and that brings me a lot of T-shirts that I get good use out of.

Personal Computer History 101
Class, it's time to pay a visit to the Apple I Owners Club, founded in 1977 by Joe Torzewski. The site contains over 120 pages detailing the Apple I computer. It shows you what it was like to actually buy and assemble one. If you've never seen an Apple I, check this site out and see how the personal computer revolution began.

Jobs and Woz in 1975
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The Article that Changed History?
A magazine article that got me interested in phone phreaking long ago. The article was labeled "Fiction" in Esquire Magazine, but it turned out to be real...Woz [Al's note: Guess who's website that is on]

New Independent Film now in special edition limited rough cut release:

Woz Notes
On December 5th, 2008, an excellent episode of Moments that Changed Us aired on AmericanLife TV. Produced and directed by Larry Herskowitz, this program documents the life of Steve Wozniak. Larry and his crew did a couple of days of shooting at the Digibarn in the summer of 2008.
See an excerpt from the show.

Click here to see the news coverage and related notes from my stint on Dancing with the Stars.

Woz as a Cartoon
Tech Titans Including Steve Wozniak, David Jaffe and Nolan Bushnell Among Special Guests Providing Voices for the Twisted New Animated Series from Creator Adam de la Peña (“Minoriteam,” “Crank Yankers,” “The Man Show”)
Link to the video

A Chat with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak
On Tuesday, June 15th, “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris welcomes “Woz”, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, onto the program to discuss his career as a pioneer in the high tech sector. Ron and Steve discuss Steve’s personal history, the early days of Apple, what Steve is up to nowadays, and what Steve thinks of the evolution of the computer industry since he and Steve Jobs launched their fledgling startup in April of 1976.
| Audio Promo here |

WWW Search woz.org
Did you know Google has a "Mac-Centric" search engine? It only searches Apple related sites. Check it out: www.google.com/mac.html


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Purchase a signed book, photos, and other memorabilia at SignedByWoz.com

Woz 'This Is Us' -
July 18 at 7pm

Its PBS so it will probably be repeated. Check out the video below:

Woz on, "Big Bang Therory"
Apple co-founder and Gizmodo Spiritual Mascot Steve Wozniak made a hilarious appearance on last night's Big Bang Theory. Here's what he had to say about Steve Jobs, black turtlenecks and Apple II.
Check it out

Woz Makes "Who’s Who in Graduation Speakers"
Families wonder who will be the commencement speaker at their child’s graduation. A former President, perhaps? Maybe an Academy Award winner? How about a CEO or entrepreneur? Turns out Woz is in the top 10.
Check it out

Woz Turns 60!
August 11, 2010
On Steve's birthday, Woz' wife Janet arranged to have a video created as a present for him. You can watch it on You tube now:

Speakers Inquiry
Steve Wozniak is available for selected appearances. Contact:
New Leaf Speakers
45 Main Street, Suite 302 Hudson, MA 01749 USA 978-562-9977

Fusion-io Opens At $25 Per Share With A $1.9 Billion Market Cap
June 9, 2011: As we heard yesterday, Fusion-io, the developer of flash- memory technology for companies, upped the opening price of its IPO to $19 per share, valuing the company at $1.5 billion.

Geek Picture of the Day
In this May 17, 1986 photo, Steve Wozniak receives his Bachelor of Science degree for electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Wozniak first enrolled at Berkeley in 1971, quit school and co-founded Apple, and later returned using the name Rocky Raccoon Clark to avoid recognition.
Check it out.

Geek A Week
Geek A Week is a one year art challenge to connect with 52 influential geeks from different disciplines (art, movies, TV, computing, science). A trading card portrait complete with stats will be created each week of the featured geek. By doing this, it completes the requirements for the challenge.
Check it out.

WoziPad Portrait

David Newman is an American artist documenting innovators in Silicon Valley with fine art portraits painted from life on iPad. Here is an animation of the work as its being drawn. See more of David's work:
Check out David's site.
Woz Category on Jeopardy!
Wow, I guess anything is possible.
How many answers would YOU get right?
Check it out.

Ideas in Motion
On Thursday, September 24th, 2009 Steve Wozniak presented a fantastic talk about his experiences getting kids excited about technology in education via a WebEx Ideas in Motion webinar:

Bill Watson, Woz, Vickie Hamilton and Janet Wozniak
Until the Music Ends

Until the Music Ends (UTME) is a documentary film and webzine that is currently shooting and has had the honor of having The Woz participate. This film that answers the question "How do artists make a living as a musician in today's music industry?" and "How has the music business has been changed by computers and the internet?"

Humane SocietyNew Beginnings Campaign
The Humane Society of SIlicon Valley just launched a unique opportunity to be part of their new state-of-the-art Animal Community Center, and I’ve accepted the challenge! Together, we can raise funds to strive for different permanent naming opportunities at the new Center. I hope you’ll join my team “Team Woz” to raise $25,000 for a cat or dog condo at HSSV’s new home.

Another worthy cause to consider.
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My Latest Hobby
Segway Polo.

"Camp Woz:
The Admirable Lunacy of Philanthropy"

Film Synopsis: Ten 'emotionally and behaviorally challenged' young men from MonmouthCares were welcomed into Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's home, for The Patane Foundation's inaugural Dream Camp. We have provided a sneak peek for Woz fans.
See the trailer and more info: CLICK HERE TO VIEW

The Colbert Report
See the Woz interview

WozClips Video
Various videos posted by Apple enthusiasts.

InfoWorld (Video)
The Week Ahead with Gina Smith
Noteworthy events coming up this week.

GeekSpeak (Audio)
GeekSpeak is a group of professional geeks who discuss the week's latest news and trends. GeekSpeak is broadcast live every Saturday at 10 a.m. PST on KUSP/KBDH FM and HD radio, and is also available via podcast at NPR.

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