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Steve Wozniak: An Engineer's Engineer

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There are few people who can captivate and appeal to the entire tech industry, and even fewer with life stories to match. Steve Wozniak, Co-founder and “Employee #1” at Apple, is one such man. From simple beginnings in his garage and at UC Berkeley to winning more engineering and inventor awards than can be counted, Steve is one of the few engineers left who have seen the personal computer era in its entirety.

If this was back in the late 1990s or earlier in the twentieth century, Seeing Wozniak at an Intel event may have struck many as odd. But beyond Apple now using Intel processors in it’s products, Wozniak has always been an Intel fan, going back to when he was still working in his parents garage. “I would have used an Intel processor,” said Wozniak, “but I couldn’t afford it.” Like a lot of the small companies in the early days of personal computing, Apple wasn’t exactly loaded from the start, but according to the Woz, “Sometimes when you’re short of resources...it forces you to do better work.”

Steve has never been one to keep his personal life totally private like other high-profile “tech celebrities”. When Moira Gunn, Wozniak’s interviewer, brought up Kathy Griffin, many already knew of his semi-regular appearance on her Bravo television show. However, it was a surprise to many when Wozniak revealed how their friendship started. “Somebody sent me an email one morning saying I was dating Kathy Griffin, and I said who is she?.” Wozniak then explained that he went along with the gag in order to help Kathy with her show, which had just started, However, he did clarify that they never actually dated.

Staying with clarification for a moment, the Woz also set the record straight on his alleged line-cutting at a local Apple store during the iPhone 3G launch, and gave the press some of their own medicine. “I did not cut in line,” said Steve. “...these press guys...they get seated first at the MacWorld shows...they get seated first in the prime seats, they aren’t cutting in line.” Probably the one part of Wozniak’s life that he did not want publicized was his teaching career. “I was teaching seven days a week for eight years...I didn’t want [the press] around the children.”

So what is the Woz up to now? Besides pushing his book “iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon”, he is still a huge Segway fan and takes his Segway Polo seriously. Despite his team losing the U.S. Segway Polo championship this year after winning it twice), Steve has something to look forward to. “...I get to play in the [Segway Polo] Euro Cup, I’m going to play for Germany against Switzerland on September 14th...I’m the first transcontinental Segway Polo player.”

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    Anonymous , August 22, 2008 1:58 AM
    This is a tech website, jerkoffs. Expect tech related articles. If you want pottery and table arrangements, feel free to visit MarthaStewart.com.
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    fulle , August 22, 2008 1:24 AM
    Can someone explain to me why this article exists?
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    jaragon13 , August 22, 2008 1:32 AM
    fulleCan someone explain to me why this article exists?

    Can someone please explain why the internet exists?
    I'm confused :(  :(  :( 
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    alvine , August 22, 2008 1:45 AM
    the f is with those random articles? first was why get dualcore and go caveman and now I see some unshaved guy looking like hes about to take off?
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2008 1:58 AM
    This is a tech website, jerkoffs. Expect tech related articles. If you want pottery and table arrangements, feel free to visit MarthaStewart.com.
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    Pei-chen , August 22, 2008 2:47 AM
    I want to beat the crap out of him for some reason just looking at the article's picture. Can you change it to a better picture?
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    jcorqian , August 22, 2008 3:14 AM
    Wow, show some respect for a guy who helped invent the industry... What the hell have you dbags achieved?
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    macer1 , August 22, 2008 3:39 AM
    +1

    This is a tech website, jerkoffs. Expect tech related articles. If you want pottery and table arrangements, feel free to visit MarthaStewart.com.
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    goonting , August 22, 2008 3:56 AM
    He is a great guy...wish i could do more for us guys
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    darkbob87 , August 22, 2008 4:59 AM
    Devin here,

    Are there actually people wondering why an article about Steve Wozniak is on Tom's Hardware? If Wozniak wasn't an engineer, or worse yet stayed at HP designing scientific calculators, there's a solid chance you wouldn't be sitting at your computer asking that question, which I hopefully just answered.
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    Titanius , August 22, 2008 5:46 AM
    Who the hell is Steve Wozniak and why should I give a damn? I mean, what the hell is going on, first we get the two EPIC FAILS such as a smartass explaining why he became an Apple fanboy and wants to show us his justification of becoming one and now this...what's next, China takes over the world? 2012 is the end of everything? Stating the obvious application of randomness to bore the hell out of everyone visiting this site just to get them to click the links that lead to stores to get them to buy stuff they don't need. Oh, and try to take over the world.
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    randomizer , August 22, 2008 6:44 AM
    TitaniusWho the hell is Steve Wozniak
    Read the second sentence.
    Titaniuswhy should I give a damn?
    You tell me.
    Titanius I mean, what the hell is going on, first we get the two EPIC FAILS such as a smartass explaining why he became an Apple fanboy and wants to show us his justification of becoming one and now this...
    Obviously you didn't take notice of the author's name.
    Titaniuswhat's next, China takes over the world? 2012 is the end of everything? Stating the obvious application of randomness to bore the hell out of everyone visiting this site just to get them to click the links that lead to stores to get them to buy stuff they don't need. Oh, and try to take over the world.

    What? Ok...
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    darkbob87 , August 22, 2008 7:37 AM
    Devin again,

    I am by no means an Apple fanboy, so I don't know who you're referring to. Second of all, Apple fan or not...it's Steve Wozniak. If any one person is responsible for the personal computer, it's him. Try using wikipedia next time, chief.
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    Reynod , August 22, 2008 8:17 AM
    This guy is the real deal ... read up on his life before you shoot your mouth off.

    Anyone who doesn't understand this should be rated out of existance.

    Use the ratings to reflect this.

    He rates as one of the most important creative geniouses of our age.

    The other Apple guy is a loser in comparison ... a wannabe.
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    fulle , August 22, 2008 9:49 AM
    I didn't mean any respect to Steve Wozniak... The man has done great things for our industry, and keeps a good sense of humor.

    But, this is NOT news. This is borderline celebrity gossip.

    Case in point:
    "So what is the Woz up to now? Besides pushing his book “iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon”, he is still a huge Segway fan and takes his Segway Polo seriously."

    WTF? How does Steve being a "Segway fan" qualify as "tech related"? Eh, Newbfy? It's no more "tech related" than anything on MarthaStewart.com, JERKOFF.

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    randomizer , August 22, 2008 9:52 AM
    darkbob87Devin again,I am by no means an Apple fanboy, so I don't know who you're referring to.

    Which is why I made the comment about the author's name. The Apple articles were a different author, so I don't know why they were even brought up.
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    tripperdan99 , August 22, 2008 2:30 PM
    The Woz is the creator of the Apple Computer, Steve Jobs was the front personality/sales person. I appreciate Tom's Hardware running the article. When I loaded TH webpage and saw the article, it was the first thing I clicked. I still have my limited Woz Apple //gs computer (museum piece) which is probably older than most of the TH readers. Typical, but still sad, to see anal flame-out. Just don't click the link.
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    michaelahess , August 22, 2008 3:32 PM
    I still have my Woz GS too, very safely sealed and stored :) 
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2008 4:46 PM
    woot for the Wizard of Woz~!~! (if you don't know about this joke, watch Code Monkeys first episode)
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2008 5:32 PM
    I guess paying homage to people you respect, and showing that there is more than one side to the leaders of the industry, escapes most people.

    If you have any interest in tech, you should already know what Steve Wozniak has done, it is nice to see a different perspective.

    He has also made a few appearances on G4TechTV, which i found amusing.
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    Pei-chen , August 23, 2008 6:58 AM
    For those that won't accept this Bill Gates/Steve Jobs wannabe for what he is, name one thing he contributed to the IT industry in the last 10 years.

    He lost his vision years ago but still wish to stay in the spot light forced him to play this kind of celebrity stun. Want proof? Just look at him, Gates, Jobs and Ellison. Gates retired but still guides MS, Jobs and Ellison are still at the helm and this joke is captaining a Segway and dates Kathy Griffin.

    He should have left the scene years ago and stop embarrassing the whole IT industry with his unkempt 60-years-old-Eric-Cartman-playing-WoW image.
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