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Q From e-mail:
Hi, sorry for emailing you so much. But were you actually there when Steve Jobs really played mind games with that prospective employee who was interviewing for the job? I thought that was incredibly mean and cruel on Steve's part. I understand he needs to be sure that the people he hires are competent, but I thought that was dictatorial the way he conducted himself. What did you think of that incident?

WOZ:
Basically, I think that the incident was good for the movie producers to sell advertisements. I never witnessed the attrocious incident although I've heard of such things many times. I can see what Steve might have been thinking, about the need to find rebels and not established execs, but there's always a way to get the right and best thing done without hurting someone's feelings with such cruelty. Steve was the employer, the man was just looking for a job. Steve had the power here. It was very unnecessary and unfair, if it happened even remotely close to what we saw. It's hard to get the best thing done if you don't take the time, and listen too.

Q From e-mail:
Woz,I recently watched the film andadmire your compassion for the curious by answering our questions on your website.Having a formal education in psychology myself,I can't help but wonderwhat it must feel like tobe the person who changed the world as we know it. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the results of your contributions?The level of humility you continue to display is amazing and quite unusual considering the circumstances.Although I'm a not a Mac user, I've always has a secret admiration for Apple technology. I wasn't surprised by the line in the movie where Steve Jobs tell's Gates that "we're better than you." And Bill Gates replies, "It doesn't matter." I guess that all of us Window's users know thatJobs' statement was correct despite what we say to our friends who own Apples .

WOZ:
I prefer if you give all the credit for changing the world to other people, especially Steve Jobs and the LISA/Macintosh. Just give me credit for being a great engineer and having been able to free my mind from 'how it was done before' and not care what others thought. Also, humanity and schools and friends and family are very important to me, and most of all, the truth. I think that Steve Jobs didn't appreciate Gates' marketing of Windows because it wasn't as good as the Macintosh. It was guaranteed to take the world backwards from where it could have gotten to. Under this theory, Bill should not compete unless he can do a much better job, or all of humanity loses. That's just my own theory.

Q From e-mail:
Hi. I was telling a co-worker this morning that I had seen "Pirates of Silicon Valley" last night. He asked me who I routed for, Gates or Jobs. I told him Wozniak.--Lori S.

WOZ:
I didn't expect to be in the movie for more than a minute. I had no way to know that the authors could have found out so much about my good side, because I never communicate it to the press. So it's a major event of my life to be noted this way, as you do.

Q From e-mail:
Hello Steve, My name is Al Munevar, I am the head of www.evozine.com, we are an independent (no adds) webzine focusing on unique IT related issues. I ran a review on the "Pirates" movie that aired on TNT. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind linking to my site (http://www.evozine.com) so that your readers could see my review as well. Anyway, many of my Seattle colleagues seem to appreciate the Pirates review that I did. I would really appreciate your thoughts on it as well, though I realize that everyone in the world is probably trying to communicate with you right now.

WOZ:
I'm copying this to the person that can put the link in as I answer email 20 hours a day. Sounds good to me. This is all a surprise to me. my friend just came up with the idea of a web page with comments on the movie after I'd written back to dozens of people individually. Please don't think that because most of the woz.org pages are created by other people, that I don't do almost everything else imaginable in maintaining a very sizable personal WAN with ISP capabilities (digital/analog dial-up). I also 'host' many other web domains and sites here.

Q From e-mail:
I do hope some one is working on a movie about you and your generosity. Are there any upcoming concerts or events you will be doing?

WOZ:
I have a book that goes way beyond the movie in these areas, and gets deeply into the influences and the pranks along the way. But I never get time to work on the book. I hope that it won't disappoint you. Maybe it's fodder for a movie, but it doesn't even exist yet. A lot of this book is unbelievable enough to be termed 'fiction'. No concerts, although I attend all the local amphitheater concerts and I am one of the owers. Jewel will be there tomorrow. When I first saw her there a couple of years ago, she was like a young, naive, school girl singing folk songs and playing her own guitar with nobody else on stage. She was like we were when we were young and in jeans and trying to start this revolution in computers. Now, when I see her I get a 'sellout' feeling, that a lot of the product is coming from a corporation and a lot of money and is unnaturally slick and proper. Like the computer industry now. We always long for those performers in their early stage, and we always remember them that way.


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