I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
August 11, is Steve "Woz" Wozniak's 61st birthday. We know, 61 is really an insignificant birthday for us to be mentioning it. Normally, once you pass the big 6-0, any birthdays you have up until 80 are pointless and involve "Over-the-Hill" party favors that usually have crows flying over your grave. However, Art Attack felt insensitive to have missed Woz's 60th and thought, we could throw the guy a memory stick and celebrate a little. If Steve Jobs was our former partner, watching his total domination over the world might give us the occasional case of the Green Monster, and who doesn't want to be celebrated?
Considering the fact that Windows 95 hadn’t even been released when federal agents finally caught up with the computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, one might assume his new memoir would be full of stale old tech-and-techniques that no one in 2011 could possibly care about. But as Mitnick makes clear here, don’t jump to conclusions.
While he excelled at infiltrating computer systems from a keyboard and had a sharp memory for numbers, “Ghost in the Wires” (written with William L. Simon) really showcases another of Mitnick’s skills: social engineering, or what he describes as “the casual or calculated manipulation of people to influence them to do things they would not ordinarily do.” By doing his research and impersonating authority figures over the phone or by e-mail, Mitnick found he could persuade just about anybody — programmers, technicians, even the nice lady at the Social Security Administration — to give him the things he wanted, like passwords, computer chips and personal information about F.B.I. informants on his tail. “People, as I had learned at a very young age, are just too trusting,” he writes.
Around Cup 16, I was talking about 52 Cups with Todd, a friend at work when an idea hit him, "You should try to set up a meeting with Woz, the co-founder of Apple! I know he'd do it-in fact, I bet he'd even fly to Michigan."
"The Woz," co-founder of Apple, traveled up to Montreal, Canada, to accept an honorary doctorate from Concordia University. His message to science and engineering grads: Always strive for excellence and innovation, and don't let anything stand in the way of your dreams.
Wozniak ends his speech saying, "We have a lot of great problems in the world. Problems with resources, problems with humanity, problems with wars, and the solutions in my mind are all with engineers, mathematics, with figuring how to build things, create things, and change this world and improve it. That's your job. Thank you very much"
For all of us stuck working this week I thought a virtual vacation destination might be in order. Advertisement Apple-1 The great great great grandpappy of the iPad perhaps or at least agreat uncle a few times removed. Steve Wozniak's prototype Apple-1, which made its debut at the Homebrew Computer Club in 1976. Only $666.66 (and you still needed to add a power supply, keyboard, storage system and display. Just one of hundreds of items on exhibit at the Computer History Museum exhibit.Computer History Museum It is not the beach (though it is near the beach) but the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. has a topical online exhibit they launched recently called Revolution Online.
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.
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Please remember that Woz gets thousands of emails and while he would like to respond to all of them, it simply isn’t possible. Thanks for understanding.
Jimmy, Seth Rogen and Steve Wozniak play a game where they take turns confessing to a random fact, then interrogate each other to determine who was telling the truth. Watch!
Woz Turns 60!
August 11, 2010
On Steve's birthday, Woz' wife Janet arranged to have a video created as a present for Woz.
Wow, I guess anything is possible.
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Fifteen years ago, the science and technology website Slashdot anointed Steve Wozniak “the Geek God in whose shadow all others dwell.” Wozniak (who prefers being called Woz) is the technowiz who single-handedly invented the groundbreaking Apple I and II computers.
I could care less about hearing what a politician has to say. Hollywood bores me to tears. And I have no desire to meet whoever the latest rock star is (especially if the Bieber craze is still going on). Instead, my meaning of rock star is more in line with the old Intel campaign and Woz is, in my opinion, the Jim Morrison/Jimi Hendrix/Joan Jett/whoever-you-like rock star of the tech world