Posted on Mon, 06/18/2012

Bearded, burly Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak kept it light and breezy in his address to more than 1,100 Santa Clara University graduates steaming in their black robes under high morning heat Saturday. The Silicon Valley icon affectionately known as "Woz," repeated his own life formula in a 10-minute commencement talk at the Jesuit university -- lessons gleaned from an early love of math and engineering and tested out over a lengthy career that includes launching the world's most beloved computer company.

Posted on Wed, 06/13/2012

The Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia booked a last-minute reservation for a star guest last night: Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple along with Steve Jobs. Wozniak was coming from Buffalo, where he was speaking at a business seminar. He canceled a flight to San Francisco, rented a car and made the late-night drive to the Capital Region. The mission: Visit a horse named after him at Peaceful Acres Horses Inc., which rescues those animals from being slaughtered.

Posted on Wed, 06/13/2012

Steve Jobs may have been mum on his philanthropy, but his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, was anything but at a gathering of fundraisers last week, surprising many in attendance with his first public talk on his giving philosophy. “I would never give a gift that has restrictions,” he said, in an appearance at the AFP TechKnow conference, in Orlando, Fla. “I leave that to people who know more than me.” He told a gathering of technology-oriented fundraisers that he doesn’t often deal face-to-face with nonprofit solicitors. But when he does, he gets involved with their organizations, often in a hands-on way. As a supporter of the arts, he has even performed in ballets and community plays.

Posted on Wed, 06/13/2012

ROTTERDAM JUNCTION, N.Y. — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a surprise visit to a local horse farm Wednesday morning and offered praise for, and criticism of, Apple. Wozniak, the avuncular inventor who built Apple's earliest computers and founded the company with the late CEO Steve Jobs, was in town to visit a horse that was named "Woz," Wozniak's nickname.

Posted on Wed, 06/06/2012

LAS VEGAS — At NAB 2012, Post’s editing team, Randi Altman and Marc Loftus, along with the magazine’s owner, William Rittwage, had the opportunity to chat with Steve Wozniak of Apple fame just after he participated in a panel, and just before he was to catch a flight. This legend among the technical minded is chief scientist at Salt Lake City’s Fusion-io (www.fusionio.com), makers of a storage memory platform — ioMemory — that improves (big-time improves) the processing capabilities within a data center. It does this by moving process-critical, or active data, closer to the CPU where it is processed.

Posted on Wed, 06/06/2012

The crumbs of rumors regarding the biographical movie about America’s most beloved CEO, “jOBS,” are shaping up to be a full-fledged production sheet for the film. First, Aaron Sorkin was confirmed to direct the film. Aston Kutcher is said to be on board to play Jobs himself. Broadway star Josh Gad was recently in talks with movie execs to take on the roll of the prankster-loving Steve Wozniak. Now, Mathew Modine has been confirmed to play Apple’s former CEO John Sculley. Technically, that would make him the villain of the film.

Posted on Wed, 06/06/2012

My transistor radio was a gift from my parents when I was probably about eight years old. To this day, I view every gadget in terms of that: How well it fits in your life. I remember that radio so well! It was so important to me.

Posted on Tue, 06/05/2012

You probably weren’t paying attention when a tiny company called Apple Computer introduced its second product, the Apple II microcomputer, at the West Coast Computer Faire on April 16 and 17, 1977. (I wasn’t.) You may never have owned an Apple II. (I didn’t.) But it’s still easy to get fascinated by the machine and its legacy. (I sure am.) And there are many ways to explore its world — many of which you can do without getting out of the chair you’re sitting in right now, thanks to the Web.

Posted on Tue, 05/29/2012

Ask the average geek to describe the Apple II and you'll probably hear something about its legacy or software. Ask Steve Wozniak circa 1977, on the other hand, and he'll write you a technical tome -- or at least he did for Byte magazine. Way back when the classic computer was fresh, a young Woz penned an extremely detailed "system description" for the rig, pouring over specifics on the II's graphical capabilities, memory, peripherals, programming language and more.

Posted on Tue, 05/29/2012

Computerworld - Sotheby's will put some Apple history on the block next month, including one of only six working Apple-1 personal computers. The auction house has estimated the motherboard will sell for up to $180,000. Also up for sale: A memo written by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his time at video game maker Atari. The Apple-1 -- which consisted of a circuit board hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak -- first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66. About 200 units were produced. According to the Sotheby's catalog listing (download PDF), there are about 50 surviving Apple-1 computers, but just six known to be in working condition.