Steve Wozniak is that B-side figure who will always make good stories. More than that. When he says something, the target is very likely right. And it’s not that in the last week, Master Woz has won the lights of the tech world twice in a row. At first, by posting a video defending the Right-to-Repair movement, in open opposition to Apple, the company he co-founded, with Steve Jobs. The second was to say that bitcoin is a true miracle of mathematics.
The Right-to-Repair movement strives to make it easier for users to have access to parts and information to repair their own devices and devices – something that causes chills in the politics of numerous technology companies, especially at Apple. Right-to-Repair grows in the United States, and gains a strong advocate when Wozniak claims that “we wouldn’t have Apple if I hadn’t grown up in a world of open technology.” For him, “companies inhibit [o direito de consertar] because it gives them power, control over everything.”
The comments were made through the Cameo platform, where it is possible to hire messages recorded by celebrities. The request came from a right-to-fix advocate named Louis Rossmann. “This one really got to me,” Wozniak said. “I wasn’t prevented from building that computer and showing the world that the future of personal computers would be a keyboard and a screen. All this came from the fact that it is possible to fix things, modify them and use them however you want.”
Four days later he went to another minefield, the world of cryptocurrencies. At a Mexican innovation and technology event called Jalisco Talent Land Digital, he claimed that bitcoin is a “miracle of technology”. For Wozniak, “it is a unique mathematical formula”.
Woz was an early but apparently undisciplined student with a gift for mathematics and an interest in electronics. He attended two colleges until arriving at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1971, Wozniak designed the Blue Box, a device to hack into the telephone network and not pay for calls, which he and Steve Jobs began selling to other students. Also during the early 1970s, Wozniak worked at various small firms until he gained a position at Hewlett-Packard in 1975, by which time he had formally left Berkeley.
He was part of the Homebrew Computer Club, a do-it-yourself group that Jobs was also a part of. While working at Hewlett-Packard, Wozniak designed his own personal computer in 1976, which caught Jobs’ attention. Hence the Apple Computer. When the company went public in 1980, its market value surpassed $1 billion, then the fastest increase, and Wozniak’s shares made him an instant multimillionaire. He effectively left the company in 1985. In 2006, he published his autobiography iWoz. The following ten sentences help to understand the mind of this Wizard of Woz.
Ten phrases credited to the ingenious and ingenious Steve Wozniak:
- “My goal was not to make a lot of money. It was to build good computers”
- “Never trust a computer you can’t throw out the window”
- “All the best people in life seem to like Linux”
- “Wherever smart people work, the doors are unlocked”
- “In the end, I hope there is a little note somewhere saying that I designed a good computer”
- “When I have free time, I catch up on things I had to postpone due to lack of time”
- “I had a TV and a typewriter, which made me think that a computer should be like a typewriter with a video screen”
- “My whole life has been designing computers I could never build”
- “Artists work best alone. Work alone”
- “Try to think of new ways to solve old problems. We often look at something and say, ‘I could do better’. This is innovation”
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