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Woz: The World Lost a John Lennon

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Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder and friend of Steve Jobs talked with the Associated Press last night after learning of Jobs’ passing. He tearfully described his reaction to the news and reminisced about his early days with his friend as they worked together to change the world of technology. Probably my favorite line from the interview comes when he discussed working together to create the first Apple computer.

“We went into the garage as young people without any money …” and they emerged many years later as billionaires and probably more importantly birthing revolution that changed the lives of nearly every person in the developed world.

Theirs was a symbiotic relationship. Woz said, “He was always pushing me as an engineer…” asking him to add one more feature or change more thing to make it better. Some of what he asked seemed impossible but Woz pressed on and together they created something special.

Most poignantly, Woz described his friend saying, “The world lost a John Lennon” referring to the late Beatles singer and song writer who was killed in the seventies after changing rock and roll.

Steve Wozniak tearfully remembers Steve Jobs

Steve Wozniak tearfully remembers Steve Jobs

If you’d like to learn more about the early days of Apple, let me recommend a great read. iWoz by Steve Wozniak shows the man’s wide-eyed enthusiasm for technology and provides great insight into what makes him tick. I’m also looking forward to the forthcoming biography of Steve Jobs which will be released on October 24.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

5 Comments

  1. Mike Smith

    10/06/2011 at 11:29 am

    WTF……John Lennon…No freaking way you can compare Steve Jobs to John Lennon. Get your head out of your ass you foolish liberal nutjob!

  2. Spam

    10/06/2011 at 11:57 am

    Stay classy Smith.

  3. Anonymous

    10/06/2011 at 3:55 pm

    For computer geeks Steve was a god.   Smith you can go blow.

  4. Non To Say

    10/10/2011 at 4:07 pm

    Smith – your an idoit

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