e-mail: I am a minor partner in a small business and i see alot
of people being stepped on, and hurt in the business world and corporate
America all day long in one way or another. I want to tell you that it
truly touched & inspired me to see a person with a good heart such as
yourself in a high powerful position exercise compassion for even the
little people. I know you are genuine & a real person, and that you put
people first. This is the future of the business world as we slowly grow
up as a whole and this is what motivates me and i want to thank you.
I could never understand or admire that 'political' aspect of business.
I wish that business ran by a predicable formula for what works and what
doesn't and not by personal whims of those in power. It's funny, but at
first the personal computers were intended to give us individuals power
to rise above the powerful people and corporations. But now, even the
internet is being used to spoon feed us ads and track our lives without
our knowing it in order to help these powerful institutions.
I am a huge fan of yours. I think you are the most important person in
computers. although the movie (pirates) is probably mostly full of you
know what, it painted you in a great light, for you are the one who created
the computer in the first place. I think the brain behind the sky is more
important than the rain. I hope that you have inner fufillment always,
i bet you do. I must admit, I do own windows, but that's only beause,
as you know, it's cheaper, and I only use my puter for writing. I just
wanted to say the US fest. in, I believe it was 83, was the best time
I ever had in my life, and I want to thank you for that and for making
the computer as well. I hope that you are doing well, and good luck to
you. your brain is better than anything. james
I'm glad that you are glad for computers and I'm honored if I'm one of
your symbols for having that, especially when you refer to such things
as brains. It seems that I was the master engineer and programmer of the
start of this revolution, not a businessman or salesman.
glad for what you say about the US Festival. I hear that very often, yet
you rarely hear of the US Festival in historic terms.
e-mail: Hi Steve!
A live in Sweden and I work at Ericsson company (do you recognize the
Ericsson mobile phone?). I have red about you in articles and in the superb
book "Hacker: Heroes Of The Computer Revolution" by Steven Levy.
I have seen you in TV documentary too. I believe that you are an alive
legend and thanks to people like you the computer revolution took place.
A part the work I like to do own hardware design. Very simple design to
control robots. I am fascinating about building robots. The most important
thing when I start a own project is to have fun thatās all. I never heard
about the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley". Was it shown on
the TV? Can I find it on video? Do you have any suggestion on how I can
an honor to get good email from someone in Sweeden. I'm very glad that
you read and enjoyed "Hackers." It had a lot of true and meaningful stuff
that disappeared as Wall Street took over the image of the personal computing
Send me your address
and I'll get you a DVD or VHS tape of "Pirates of Silicon Valley." Unfortunately
the VHS tapes are NTSC only and the DVD is U.S region code. I have friends
that can make the conversion if you need, but it may take a while.
e-mail: I have
some questions for you. If you could answer them that would be great.
1. When you
think about your time at Apple, what did you enjoy the best? What made
you want to come to work each day?
Woz: I was motivated by several things. I was very independent.
I could look at a problem and come up with my solution from any of a number
of angles. I could work on a problem in the order and with the method
that I chose. I was my own boss. I knew that what I did was good and that
it impressed people. I had goals that guaranteed that I'd only do an A+
job that was better than anyone else would do. I got lots of praise for
what I did. Also, I was free enough to include plenty of fun and humor
and pranks in the worktime. For example, in writing Pong in BASIC, I put
in a mode where the game would play itself, but jiggle the paddle enough
that a player didn't know it. I actually got a friend to play, and win,
an entire game and he thought that he did it himself...Woz
2. What unique skills did the management team have that helped make
Apple a success?
We had a very unusual situation. Steve Jobs and myself had no such experience.
I was very good at what I did and could take a project near to completion
on my own because I was the designer, constructor, tester, coder, modifier,
and more. Steve Jobs never let up in the pursuit for excellence, to have
the best company ever. Mike Markkula had a lot of prior business success
and he ran marketing in a professional way, while lots of other startups
were very unprofessional. Mike Scott was our president. He could be rough
when it came to getting the needed things done, like Steve Jobs is, but
he could also joke a lot. I really liked Mike Scott a lot. Rod Holt was
an older engineer with engineering management thinking and expertise outside
of my fields. Without him we wouldn't have had many totally completed
projects that a company could actually build...Woz
3. When you were a kid my age were there any classes or hobbies that
you liked that let you know that you would be good in technology?
Woz: By the time I was in 5th grade I was well on my way to an
electronics future. I didn't know that electronics would lead to computers
even. My 5th grade science fair project had 92 switches and lights to
display the electron orbits for every atom. While this wasn't a computer,
it did involve the sort of reasoning and complexity of computer logic.
The electron orbits don't go in order. At some point, a switch has to
swap one group for another. Some diode logic circuits were required. Also,
in 5th grade I read a story where a ham radio operator was a hero and
the book said that anyone of any age could get a ham radio license. This
is different than driving licenses. I went to school that morning. On
"Safety Patrol" (holding stop signs while students crossed the street)
I told a friend that I was going to get my ham license and he surprised
me by telling me of a class for such on my own block. I did get my license
by 6th grade. It involved learning a lot of electronics and circuits and
I even built my own transmitter and receiver.
I really advanced in computer logic circuits in 6th and 8th grades, and
got the real concept of what a full computer was by 9th grade. We didn't
have computers in our schools back in the 60's...Woz
4. I understand you work with students. What skills, hobbies, or classes
do you tell them to focus on, to prepare for the future?
Woz: Teaching is getting harder and harder for me, with my tremendous
email load. I prefer answering everyone individually (although one of
my lists has hundreds of unanswered ones that came in after the "Pirates"
movie) rather than have staff do it, or to publish it all. But I'm still
human and can only do so much.
The primary focus of my classes for 5th through 8th graders is to show
them ways to make their homework look exceptional, to impress teachers.
The positive reactions of the teachers will lead to students thinking
better of themselves and actually doing better work. At least that's the
theory that I subscribe to. Also, just doing interesting, different, things
helps motivate students and give them a good reason to spend more time
on schoolwork than they might otherwise have spent.
I also focused on how networks work, including the types of data packets
on the network and where they go and how they are handled. This helps
the students debug network problems. This part of the class involves setting
up servers with privileges as well as just accessing servers. It always
included AOL accounts for my entire class, and I put heavy pressure on
the parents to buy extra phone lines for the kids' computers. My real
goal was to get the kids their own phones at an early age so that they
could be independent but don't tell the parents I said that.
Nowdays, the online part of my class includes the internet.
The main time consuming part of my class was on how computers work, and
on how to keep them maintained. I almost always had students take apart
PowerBooks to exchange RAM and hard disks and modems. They had to have
a good understanding of how the Operating System worked so that they could
[sometimes] understand computer messages and take the right action. This
part of the class is about having the skills to own and take care of your
My advanced students went into music recording, video editing, 3D graphics
design and lots more...Woz
5. Do you know any good technology camps for me?
Woz: Sorry, but I don't at this time. They change a bit, but I've
seen or heard of them in recent times so you might do an internet search...Woz