Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple Inc.
Steve Wozniak
Stephan Gary "Woz" Wozniak is an American computer engineer and programmer who founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak created the Apple I computer and co-created the Apple II computer in the mid-1970s, which contributed significantly to the microcomputer revolution of that era.
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Apple and Atari engineers recall their childhood holiday tech gifts
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Steve Wozniak, Atari's Al Alcorn, Gartner Chief Research Officer Peter Sondergaard, and this story's writer recall life-changing technology presents they received for the holidays.
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11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time
Yahoo News - 3 months
We've reached the end of yet another week, which means we have one last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free that you can enjoy. Today's batch includes several fan-favorites as well as some sweet apps you might never have come across before. As always, each of these sales could be over at any time, so definitely check them out soon. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Continual Normally $7.99. Continual lets you post videos of any length to Instagram Stories. Now you don't have to squeeze your stories to 10 second ...
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These are some of the best games hidden on Google’s homepage
Yahoo News - 5 months
It’s no secret that Google likes to have a bit of fun. From the revolving door of artistic doodles that grace Google’s homepage to the company’s extensive April Fools Day pranks, Google, more so than most other tech companies, likes to instill a bit of whimsy across much of its software. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Google’s homepage. Now Google’s homepage is purposefully sparse as the company wants users to quickly enter in a query and find what they’re looking for. But lurking underneath the surface are a number of awesome Easter eggs that allows users to play all sorts of interesting games right within the browser itself. Here are a few of our favorites. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding Atari Breakout If you do a Google Image search for “Atari Breakout”, your screen will magically transform into an old-school video game console and will let you play Atari’s iconic 1972 game. Interestingly enough, the game was actually designed in-part by Steve Jobs and Steve W ...
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Thrival: Pittsburgh's Contemporary Woodstock Arts, Music and Innovation Festival
Huffington Post - 5 months
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is experiencing a Renaissance. It wasn't too long ago that Pittsburgh was the Steel Capital of the world. But sometime around 1981, I'm told, Pittsburgh hit what they call "rock bottom." That's when the entire steel industry cratered, leaving only unemployed steel workers, empty houses and shrinking school districts à la Detroit and the demise of their world leading automotive industry. Both were centrally blue- collar towns that almost had to suffer through a tectonic shift to stand any chance of competing in the future. This reinvigorating, refreshing and pivoting of the economy has been somewhat incremental for Pittsburgh in the last decade or so, beginning with the move toward becoming a medical center of excellence. With the intersection of the "Three Rivers" (Monongahela, Allegheny, Ohio), the 'transport,' comes an intersection of three big universities (Pitt, Carnegie-Mellon, Duquesne), the 'brainport,' and a whole host (at least 37) ...
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Rare Apple-1 computer built by Jobs and Wozniak in 1976 sells for $815,000
Fox News - 6 months
Someone owns a piece of Apple history, a rare "Celebration" Apple-1 computer built in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It appears to be a test board, used to confirm everything was working before the primary run.
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Steve Wozniak has a warning for Apple
CNN - 6 months
Apple's co-founder has a warning for the company: Keep the headphone jack.
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Talking To Our Computers Is Changing Who We Are
Huffington Post - 9 months
We're talking to our technology more and more every day.  On Wednesday, Google introduced its new personal assistant, Google Home, which will listen to your voice and provide information on demand, much like the popular Amazon Echo. It's just the latest in technology that's always listening and talking back. Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana have been chatting with people for years -- and one expert predicts that voice-driven technology will have startling effects on our social interactions moving forward.  "There used to be a disconnect between how we interacted with, say, our desktop computers and our family," Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, told The Huffington Post. "We interacted with that computer only when we wanted to. Now technology is pervading the home environment. Your machines can interrupt and interact with you day or night, should they choose to." There's ample research already showing that technology is changing o ...
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Apple's new San Francisco office could be a tool in tech talent wars
Yahoo News - 12 months
By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - From Apple’s earliest days, executives insisted that employees work from its headquarters in sleepy suburban Cupertino. The thinking, championed by Steve Jobs, was that a centralized campus would put the CEO “within walking distance of everyone,” said Steve Wozniak, who founded the company with Jobs. Apple's decision to plant a flag in San Francisco, 46 traffic-choked miles north of its headquarters, comes years after similar moves from rival tech firms such as Google and LinkedIn and marks a turning point in Apple's willingness to accommodate workers, according to recruiters and former employees.
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iFight: It’s not just about one iPhone, the DOJ wants Apple to unlock 12 more
Yahoo News - almost 1 year
The FBI claims it wants Apple to unlock only one iPhone, but the battle over cell phone encryption could go far beyond than that. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department is attempting to force Apple to unlock and extract data from about a dozen other iPhones. While the specifics of each case are yet to be made public, they aren’t related to terrorism, people familiar with the matter told the paper. Prosecutors are supposedly using the same 18th century All Writs Act to compel Apple to unlock the iPhones in question. This news is quite significant, validating privacy advocates who argue that the government wants to break encryption in many cases, not just this one terrorist threat. On the other hand, many government leaders could use this information to show why encryption of personal devices must be stopped. According to sources, the iPhones from these other cases are even older than Farook’s iPhone 5C, so the security standards aren’t as stringent. Another unrelate ...
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Apple vs. FBI: DOJ says Apple can keep, destroy software made to hack into shooter’s iPhone
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Days after Apple refused to create a “backdoor” for the FBI to access encrypted data in an iPhone used by the shooter in December’s San Bernardino attacks, the U.S. Department of Justice joined the FBI against one the country’s biggest tech companies. On Friday, the Justice Department filed a motion with the federal district court seeking to compel Apple to cooperate with the FBI in decrypting Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in the filing, “The order does not, as Apple’s public statement alleges, require Apple to create a ‘backdoor’ to every iPhone, it does not provide ‘hackers and criminals’ access to iPhones, it does not require Apple to ‘hack [its] own users’ or to ‘decrypt its own phones’; it does not give the government ‘the power to reach into anyone’s device’ without a warrant or court authorization, and it does not compromise the security of personal information.” The Obama administration also chimed in and told the U.S. magistrate judge, who issue ...
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Steve Wozniak: I stand with Tim Cook
CNN - about 1 year
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he supports his former company in its controversial stance against the FBI.
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Geeks Unite: Steve Wozniak’s Comic Con to Bring Hollywood and Silicon Valley Together
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Steve Wozniak wants to bring two frenemies together: Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
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Dear Tech Startups: What Makes You Different?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
How is your tech startup different? Do you hear the Jaws theme music when someone asks you that dreaded question? If so, you are not alone. Because, in your mind, isn't it obvious? To you, maybe, but you've got to think like the consumer, like the journalist, like the VC or Angel investor and become well versed in explaining how you are different. As co-founder of the UPitch app, I don't mind putting myself in the hot seat, to lend an example of how to break this down for yourself. Below, I'll go into to a bit of detail to share what we feel makes UPitch different in hopes of helping you to understand what makes your tech company, product or service different and how to articulate it. Inspiration strikes! You feel you've come up with a revolutionary and disruptive idea. You sacrifice your sleep, your social life, your finances, and even a bit of your sanity to bring your idea to market. Inevitably, you will be met with both cheers and jeers as some people will call you a genius an ...
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Can Congress Deliver Happy Days for Fish, Fishermen?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
To give you a break from the onslaught of 2015 year-in-review stories, let's test your memory of a bygone era. Can you pinpoint the year that: "Happy Days" was the most popular television show? A gallon of gas cost 59 cents? "Rocky" won the Oscar for best film? The U.S. Navy tested the Tomahawk cruise missile? Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed Apple Computer? The year? 1976. It was a particularly memorable year for me, because I was settling into a stint with the Coast Guard. Yet I was unaware that at the same time, Congress was crafting a bill that would come to dominate my career. The law, which later was named the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in honor of Senators Warren Magnuson (D-WA) and Ted Stevens (R-AK), represented a dramatic leap in management of ocean fish resources in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which encompasses 3.4 million square miles of sea just off our coastline. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, the n ...
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Successful Entrepreneurs Don't Just Start Businesses, They Solve Problems
Huffington Post - over 1 year
To start a successful business, look for a great problem first and then try to find a great solution. Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit, an on-demand marketplace for outsourcing errands, came up with the idea for her business on a cold, snowy night in Boston in February 2008. She and her husband were at home, ready to go out to dinner, when they realized they were out of dog food for their 100-pound yellow lab, Kobe. "We were thinking, wouldn't it be nice if there was someone in our neighborhood who could grab us the dog food?" Busque told the audience at the Next: Economy conference in San Francisco this month. "Maybe there was even somebody at the store this very moment and wouldn't it be nice if we could connect with them and say, 'Hey can you grab us this bag? Happy to pay for your time.' And the conversation that evening evolved into what became TaskRabbit." Many entrepreneurs will agree, the best products get made when the founders come upon a problem in their own live ...
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How Google Is Embracing Team Work And Workplace Wellness
Huffington Post - over 1 year
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google coddles its employees with free food, massages and other lavish perks, yet some of its best engineers still grouse about their jobs and bosses as they struggle to get assignments done. The Internet company tackled the puzzling problem with a study that concluded how teams work together is more important than who is on a team. That's not exactly rocket science, but it's an example of how companies are spending more time trying to understand how to build the most productive and cohesive teams. It's a high priority because the best products and ideas increasingly are springing from people working together. "It's becoming difficult to think of companies that aren't depending on teams," says Amy Randel, a professor of management at San Diego State University. "And usually nothing is more important than having a goal that inspires and organizes people's efforts." Google's study, based on data analysis, found that teams work best when their m ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Wozniak
  • 2016
    Age 65
    Through this ongoing partnership, Wozniak will connect with High Point University students and will visit campus on March 23, 2016.
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    In March 2016, High Point University announced that Wozniak will serve as their Innovator in Residence.
    More Details Hide Details Wozniak was High Point University’s commencement speaker in 2013.
  • 2015
    Age 64
    On June 20, 2015, The Cal Alumni Association (UC Berkeley's Alumni Association) presented Wozniak with the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Award. "We are honored to recognize Steve Wozniak with CAA’s most esteemed award," said CAA President Cynthia So Schroeder '91. "His invaluable contributions to education and to UC Berkeley place him among Cal's most accomplished and respected alumni."
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    On June 19, 2015, Wozniak received the Legacy for Children Award from the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose.
    More Details Hide Details The Legacy for Children Award honors an individual whose legacy has significantly benefited the learning and lives of children. The purpose of the Award is to focus Silicon Valley's attention on the needs of our children, encouraging us all to take responsibility for their well-being. Candidates are nominated by a committee of notable community members involved in children's education, health care, human and social services, and the arts.
  • 2014
    Age 63
    In November 2014, Industry Week added Steve Wozniak to the Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
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    The New York City Chapter of Young Presidents' Organization presented their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Steve Wozniak on October 16, 2014 at the American Museum of Natural History.
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    On February 17, 2014, in Los Angeles, Steve Wozniak was awarded the 66th Hoover Medal from IEEE President & CEO J. Roberto de Marca.
    More Details Hide Details The award is presented to an engineer whose professional achievements and personal endeavors have advanced the well-being of humankind and is administered by a board representing five engineering organizations: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society of Civil Engineers; the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; and IEEE.
  • 2011
    Age 60
    He was awarded the Global Award of the President of Armenia for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity Through IT in 2011.
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    In May 2011, Wozniak received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Michigan State University.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2012, Wozniak was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Santa Clara University.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    However, on a June 19, 2008 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Griffin confirmed that they were no longer dating and decided to remain friends.
    More Details Hide Details Wozniak portrays a parody of himself in the first episode of the television series Code Monkeys; he plays the owner of Gameavision before selling it to help fund Apple. He later appears again in the twelfth episode when he is in Las Vegas at the annual Video Game Convention and sees Dave and Jerry. He also appears in a parody of the "Get a Mac" ads featured in the final episode of Code Monkeys second season. Wozniak is also interviewed and featured in the documentary Hackers Wanted and on BBC. Wozniak competed on Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars in 2009 where he danced with Karina Smirnoff. Despite Wozniak and Smirnoff receiving 10 combined points from the three judges out of 30, the lowest score of the evening, he remained in the competition. He later posted on a social networking site that he felt that the vote count was not legitimate and suggested that the Dancing with the Stars judges had lied about the vote count to keep him on the show. After being briefed on the method of judging and vote counting, he retracted and apologized for his statements. Despite suffering a pulled hamstring and a fracture in his foot, Wozniak continued to compete, but was eliminated from the competition on March 31, with a score of 12 out of 30 for an Argentine Tango.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    In December 2005, Wozniak was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Kettering University.
    More Details Hide Details He also received honorary degrees from North Carolina State University and Nova Southeastern University, and the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology.
  • 2000
    Age 49
    In September 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and in 2001 he was awarded the 7th Annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment.
    More Details Hide Details The American Humanist Association awarded him the Isaac Asimov Science Award in 2011.
  • 1998
    Age 47
    In 1998, he was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "for co-founding Apple Computer and inventing the Apple I personal computer."
    More Details Hide Details Wozniak is a key contributor and benefactor to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose; the street in front of the museum has been renamed Woz Way in his honor.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    In December 1989, he received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
    More Details Hide Details Later he donated funds to create the "Woz Lab" at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • 1985
    Age 34
    In 1985, Wozniak received the National Medal of Technology (with Steve Jobs) from US President Ronald Reagan.
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    Even with the success he helped create at Apple, Wozniak felt that Apple was a hindrance to become who he wanted to be, and that it was "the bane of his existence". He enjoyed engineering, not management, and as other engineers joined the growing company, he no longer felt needed at Apple, and by early 1985, Wozniak again left Apple.
    More Details Hide Details Stating that the company had "been going in the wrong direction for the last five years", he sold most of his stock. One thing Wozniak wanted to do was teach elementary school because of the important role teachers play in students' lives. Eventually, he did teach computer classes to children from the fifth through ninth grades and teachers as well. Wozniak remains an employee of Apple and receives a stipend, estimated to be $120,000 per year. He is also an Apple shareholder. He also maintained a fine acquaintance with Steve Jobs until Jobs' death in October 2011, although, in 2006, Wozniak stated that he and Jobs were not as close as they used to be. In a 2013 interview, Wozniak said that the Macintosh "failed" under Steve Jobs, and that it was not until Jobs left that it became a success. Jobs called the Apple Lisa group, the team that had kicked Jobs out, idiots for making the Lisa computer too expensive. To compete with the Lisa, Jobs and his new team produced a cheaper computer, one that, according to Wozniak, was "weak", "lousy" and "still at a fairly high price". "He made it by cutting the RAM down, by forcing you to swap disks here and there", says Wozniak. He attributed the eventual success of the Macintosh to people like John Sculley "who worked to build a Macintosh market when the Apple II went away".
  • 1983
    Age 32
    Also in 1983, Wozniak returned to Apple product development, desiring no more of a role than that of an engineer and a motivational factor for the Apple workforce.
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  • 1982
    Age 31
    In May 1982 and 1983, Wozniak sponsored two US Festivals to celebrate evolving technologies; they ended up as a technology exposition and a rock festival as a combination of music, computers, television and people.
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  • 1981
    Age 30
    Wozniak was married to Candice Clark from June 1981 to 1987.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children together, the youngest being born after their divorce was finalized. After a high-profile relationship with actress Kathy Griffin, Wozniak married Janet Hill, his current spouse. On his religious views, Wozniak called himself an "atheist or agnostic". He is a member of a Segway Polo team, the Silicon Valley Aftershocks. Wozniak's favorite video game is Tetris, and he had a high score for Sabotage. In the 1990s he submitted so many high scores for Tetris to Nintendo Power that they would no longer print his scores, so he started sending them in under the alphabetically reversed name "Evets Kainzow". Wozniak has the condition prosopagnosia, or face-blindness.
    On February 7, 1981, the Beechcraft Bonanza A36TC Wozniak was piloting crashed soon after takeoff from the Sky Park Airport in Scotts Valley, California.
    More Details Hide Details The plane stalled while climbing, then bounced down the runway, went through two fences, and crashed into an embankment. Wozniak and his three passengers—then-fiancée Candice Clark, his brother, and his girlfriend—were injured. Wozniak sustained severe face and head injuries, including losing a tooth, and also suffered for five weeks after the crash from anterograde amnesia, the inability to create new memories. He had no memory of the crash, and did not remember his name in the hospital or the things he did after he was released. He would later state that Apple II computer games are what helped him regain his memory. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation report cited premature liftoff and pilot inexperience as probable causes of the crash. Wozniak did not immediately return to Apple after recovering from the airplane crash, seeing it as a good reason to leave.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    On April 1, 1976, Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple Computer (along with administrative supervisor Ronald Wayne, whose participation in the new venture was short lived).
    More Details Hide Details Wozniak resigned from his job at Hewlett-Packard and became the vice president in charge of research and development at Apple. Wozniak's Apple I was similar to the Altair 8800, the first commercially available microcomputer, except the Apple I had no provision for internal expansion cards. With expansion cards the Altair could attach to a computer terminal and be programmed in BASIC. In contrast, the Apple I was a hobbyist machine. Wozniak's design included a $25 microprocessor (MOS 6502) on a single circuit board with 256 bytes of ROM, 4K or 8K bytes of RAM, and a 40-character by 24-row display controller. Apple's first computer lacked a case, power supply, keyboard, and display, all components the user had to provide. After the success of the Apple I, Wozniak designed the Apple II, the first personal computer that had the ability to display color graphics, and BASIC programming language built-in. Inspired by "the technique Atari used to simulate colors on its first arcade games", Wozniak found a way of putting colors into the NTSC system by using a $1 chip, while colors in the PAL system were achieved by "accident" when a dot occurred on a line, and to this day he has no idea how it works. During the design stage, Steve Jobs argued that the Apple II should have two expansion slots, while Wozniak wanted six. After a heated argument, during which Wozniak had threatened for Jobs to 'go get himself another computer', they decided to go with eight slots.
    In 1976, Wozniak developed the computer that eventually made him famous.
    More Details Hide Details He alone designed the hardware, circuit board designs, and operating system for the Apple I. Jobs had the idea to sell the Apple I as a fully assembled printed circuit board. Wozniak, at first skeptical, was later convinced by Jobs that even if they were not successful they could at least say to their grandkids they had had their own company. Together they sold some of their possessions (such as Wozniak's HP scientific calculator and Jobs' Volkswagen van), raised $1,300, and assembled the first boards in Jobs' bedroom and later (when there was no space left) in Jobs' garage. Wozniak's apartment in San Jose was filled with monitors, electronic devices, and some computer games Wozniak had developed. The Apple I sold for $666.66. (Wozniak later said he had no idea about the relation between the number and the mark of the beast, and "I came up with it because I like repeating digits.") Jobs and Wozniak sold their first 50 system boards to Paul Terrell, who was starting a new computer shop, called the Byte Shop, in Mountain View, California.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    On June 29, 1975 Wozniak tested his first working prototype, displaying a few letters and running sample programs.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time in history that a character displayed on a TV screen was generated by a home computer. With the Apple I design, he and Jobs were largely working to impress other members of the Palo Alto-based Homebrew Computer Club, a local group of electronics hobbyists interested in computing. The Club was one of several key centers which established the home hobbyist era, essentially creating the microcomputer industry over the next few decades. Unlike other Homebrew designs, the Apple had an easy-to-achieve video capability that drew a crowd when it was unveiled.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    Steve Wozniak was introduced to Jobs by friend Bill Fernandez, who attended Homestead High School with Jobs in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Jobs and Wozniak became friends when Jobs worked for the summer at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where Wozniak too was employed, working on a mainframe computer. This was recounted by Wozniak in a 2007 interview with ABC News, of how and when he first met Steve Jobs: In 1973, Jobs was working for arcade game company Atari, Inc. in Los Gatos, California. He was assigned to create a circuit board for the arcade video game Breakout. According to Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine. Jobs had little knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Wozniak reduced the number of chips by 50, by using RAM for the brick representation. Too complex to be fully comprehended at the time, the fact that this prototype also had no scoring or coin mechanisms meant Woz's prototype could not be used. Jobs was paid the full bonus regardless. Jobs told Wozniak that Atari gave them only $700 and that Wozniak's share was thus $350. Wozniak did not learn about the actual $5,000 bonus until ten years later, but said that if Jobs had told him about it and had said he needed the money, Wozniak would have given it to him.
    He later re-enrolled at De Anza College and transferred to University of California, Berkeley in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Following a ten-year stint of employment at Hewlett-Packard where he and Steve Jobs befriended one another, he went on to complete his Engineering degree in 1986.
  • 1969
    Age 18
    In 1969, Wozniak returned to the Bay Area after being expelled from University of Colorado Boulder in his first year for hacking into the institution's computer system.
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  • 1950
    Born on August 11, 1950.
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