Perhaps you don't know John Draper aka "Captain Crunch" but, if you're using a MacBook or an iPhone today, it's because of him. He and his blue box were a fundamental inspiration for Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in making Apple. He's now in trouble and needs our help. Woz has written this fascinating article so you can understand how he influenced them both and how much we all owe him. Please read it and make a contribution. Even while the goal has already been surpassed, every dollar counts towards his future and total recovery.—JD
If you’ve ever used an Apple product—or any computer—you have Steve Wozniak to thank. Also known as “Woz,” Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs after working for tech giants Atari and Hewlett Packard. In the late 1970s, he designed the Apple I and Apple II personal computers, which shaped the revolution in microprocessor-based computers and launched the personalized computer industry.
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.