• August 2012

    Steve Jobs was a shining example of being able to sustain failure. Today, we remember him for his turnaround at Apple and the introduction of life changing devices such as the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and the new iMac line of computers. However, few would remember him being forced out of a boardroom coup at Apple in 1985 after a run of bad products (the most notable being "Lisa," a computer that costs tens of millions to develop but was considered an epic fail), or his attempt at starting a competing company, NeXT which ended up as a flop — depending on which side you are standing on (Apple bought NeXT for $429 million in 1996 as part of the deal to hire Jobs back). As Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak mentioned in the Innovation and Creativity seminar in Jakarta last month, it was Jobs' failure in his previous stints that drove him to do better when he returned to the company he founded.

  • August 2012

    A 60-second television spot created in the months leading up to the early 1984 launch of Apple's original Macintosh was shelved and never aired publicly due to concerns that it would be seen as "too self-congratulatory." Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh team that helped pioneer the personal computer revolution alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, published the video to his Google page on Thursday. "Here's a rare commercial for the original Macintosh that Chiat-Day made in the fall of 1983 , featuring snippets from interviews of the design team," he said. "It never aired because Apple deemed it too self-congratulatory, although it was used in some promotional materials sent to dealers."

  • August 2012

    Daniel Kottke was one of Apple's first employees, assembling the company's earliest kit computers with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in a California kitchen. In 1974, Jobs and Kottke backpacked across India in search of themselves; now, they are industry legends. Along the way, he debugged circuit boards, helped design the Apple III and the Mac, and became host of Palo Alto cable TV show The Next Step.

  • August 2012

    These are photos taken at the photo booth at Woz' 62nd birthday party.

  • August 2012

    Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, was treated to a surprise birthday party Aug. 1 in San Francisco. About 400 people gathered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts to honor the man known to most people as "Woz," who turns 62 Aug. 11. The party was hosted by Fusion-io, a flash storage memory company Wozniak joined in 2009 as chief scientist. He was brought to the venue under the ruse that the event was a Fusion-io product launch. Woz was showered with confetti and praise for his innovative leadership at Apple, which he founded along with the late Steve Jobs in 1976. Woz contributed his computer engineering skills to the technology inside Apple PCs and other products, while Jobs contributed his vision of product design and marketing. Woz was lauded for his philanthropic work and teased about his love of the video game Tetris–guests received their own Tetris games in their swag bags—and his appearance on the ABC network reality TV show "Dancing with the Stars" in 2009. When appearing onstage at the event, the portly Woz quipped, "I hope you don't want me to do any ballet stuff."

  • August 2012

    Apple co-founder and legend Steve Wozniak won't officially turn 62 until August 11, but that wasn't enough to keep flash memory tech company Fusion-io from holding a surprise birthday party for him last night. Ina Fried from AllThingsD was in attendance and provided a photo record of the event. Woz is the chief scientist for Fusion-io as well as an investor, and AllThingsD reports that the party was held at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, an

  • August 2012

    Fusion-io‘s parties have gotten pretty good since Steve Wozniak, c0-founder of Apple, became the company’s chief scientist. Tonight, the company threw a surprise birthday bash for Woz at the fancy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Hundreds of party-goers yelled “Surprise!” and sang “Happy Birthday” to Woz, who thought he was going to a product launch.

  • August 2012

    On Wednesday night, Fusion-io Inc. FIO -0.17% hosted a surprise birthday bash for its chief scientist, Steve Wozniak, in San Francisco. Therese Poletti/MarketWatchWoz Birthday party Wozniak, of course, is better known as the co-founder of Apple Inc. AAPL 0.12% and as one of Silicon Valley’s most loved geeks. The party was attended by Woz’s friends, media and at least one celebrity was spotted, Drew Carey, who is friends with the Woz.  (Alas, no Kathy Griffin but Woz did say she had been in town just last weekend).

  • August 2012

    Steve Wozniak, one of the two famous Steves who created Apple Computer back in the early days of Silicon Valley, went to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco this evening, unaware that a party was brewing there in his honor. The surprise birthday party was thrown by Fusion-io, the company that employs Wozniak as chief scientist. Secretly invited guests arrived to find pink boas, noise makers, and a chance to play Tetris, according to AllThingsD, who took some photos at the event.

  • August 2012

    What a long, strange trip it was. Last night. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was feted with a surprise party for his upcoming 62nd birthday in San Francisco late Wednesday. Several hundred friends, former business associates, assorted hangers-on and others squeezed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to toast one of the nicest guys in Silicon Valley history. The ever-gracious Woz put up with some strange shenanigans, including an impromptu quasi-strip routine from Big Al (no one seemed to know who he was) and a long promotional video for DNA technology. There was some corporate tie-in that few paid attention to. Despite the distractions, he hung around and took photos with anyone who asked. That included a camera-shy Drew Carey, who looked very fit in a suit and tie. See photos of: Drew Carey