Woz and Jobs, old friends.

Woz and Jobs, old friends. (photo by Alan Luckow)

Some photos of Woz at the Financial Services Roundtable Fall Conference in Washington D.C. 2014

Woz: Hello iPhone 6, goodbye Android Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he tossed out all the Android devices he's spoken so lovingly of in the past.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is one of the most likable guys in tech -- but that doesn't mean he always likes everything. That Ashton Kutcher Steve Jobs biopic? Woz said it got a lot wrong. Wearables? Woz says they're a hard sell. But Woz sure likes Apple's new iPhone 6, so much so that he's ditching Android, Google's mobile operating system he's grown fond of.

A US auction house is preparing to bid off a piece of Apple Computer history that could fetch more than $500,000. Bonhams will auction off a rare Apple I system handmade by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak when the biz was in its infancy. According to the auction house, the model was assembled by Woz in 1976 as part of an order for 50 systems by local store Byte Shop. Touted at the time as a complete PC, the Apple I would today be considered little more than a DIY kit; customers had to supply their own case, keyboard, power supply and monitor.

In so many of the stories, there is a young questioner and there is an adult (often a parent, sometimes a grandparent, uncle, or schoolteacher) who cares deeply about those questions. It seems that when kids routinely ask What is that? and How does it work?, the answers you give in response—and perhaps more importantly, the way you answer those questions, the level of interest and passion shown—may be far more significant than it might seem at the time.

Dear Mr Wozniak, 

My name is Edward and I am 12 years old, currently living in  Sydney, Australia. 
 
I wanted to email you to express my deep gratitude to you for what you have taught me about life. You showed me that you can be the most successful person in the world and be so humble. You also showed me how you can put in the hard yards but you can still have a laugh with your mates while doing it.  -- Read More

Woz was interviewed for this documentary last November. The documentary will air on CCTV Channel 2 (Business & Finance) in China, at 9:10pm starting from 8/25 (one episode everyday for 10 consecutive days). Here is a link to the program (in Chinese). It will also air on CCTV Channel 1, 4 and 9 later this year. 

A noted philanthropist, Steve Wozniak made a commitment to help schools, but simply donating money was not as good as becoming involved personally. "You have to give yourself. You have to make a sacrifice. I had always wanted to teach, so I started teaching." His subject was how to use a computer to improve study skills and apply it in all the other subjects. He taught for eight years, volunteering the whole time.

Wozniak is the sole inventor of 4 patents, namely Microcomputer for use with video display (US Patent No. 4,136,359). Controller for magnetic disc, recorder, or the like (US Patent No. 4,210,959), Apparatus for digitally controlling PAL color display (US Patent No. 4,217,604), Digitally-controlled color signal generation means for use with display (US Patent No. 4,278,972). In 1976, with the help of Wozniak’s patented inventions and his creation, the Apple I personal computer, Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple Computers.

I got a new camera today, the Lytro Illum. They gave me an office tour as well.

You can shift the pictures around a bit, 3D’ish, by moving the mouse. This only works it CHROME. You can click on a face to bring it into focus. This does actually work on Safari although I’m not sure it’s the same effect. By the way, you can do something very similar with the HTC One M8 photos…they have a simpler mechanism using 2 cameras and it’s fun to refocus later, although that phone camera doesn’t do as good a photography job.

To see these photos in very real 3D fashion you need a special program and a 3D TV but you have to believe me that it’s rather incredible to see. -- Woz

"Wow! This reporter actually got it all right and didn’t sensationalize things by misquoting me." --Woz

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Woz showed off his nixie tube watch and gave the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch a big thumbs down in a public appearance here. Steve Wozniak, the designer of the original Apple personal computer, was in top form, firing off opinions in his characteristic, rapid, stream-of-consciousness style on everything from innovation and the Internet of Things to what inspired him to become an engineer.