Woz: I’m Going To Live And Die As An Australian

Woz: I’m Going To Live And Die As An Australian

Woz wants Australia’s awesome broadband.

Steve Wozniak was lucky enough to get his hands on the iPhone 5 long before the vast majority of us; not because he co-founded Apple, but because he was in Australia where Apple retail stores open a good 14 hours earlier than those on the East Coast of the United States.

Woz has been in Australia a lot recent, and he’s just revealed that he is planning to wave goodbye to his California home and move there. He has already applied for an Australian citizenship, and proclaimed he’s going to “live and die as an Australian.”

One of the reasons Woz wants to relocate down under is because of the Australian broadband (seriously!), which is better than the broadband he gets in California. He told the Australian Financial Review that Australia’s National Broadband Network rollout was one of the reasons he wanted to become a citizen.

The other reason is that Woz just wants to be an Australian, and has done for the past 30 years.

“I probably should say that is true, because it makes me sound weird … and I like to sound unusual and different because I’ve thought that way a lot in my life,” he told the The West Australian.

“I intend to call myself an Australian and feel an Australian, and study the history and become as much of a real citizen here as I can.

“For 30 years I’ve had a desire to live in Australia. There are so many great things about this country that have nothing to do with NBN.

“I’m going to live and die as an Australian. That sort of isn’t well known yet,” Woz added.

I must admit, Australia isn’t a bad choice if you’re going to emigrate. I mean, the weather’s incredible, as are the beaches, and you do get the latest iPhones before anyone else. But has Woz not seen the size of some of the spiders there?

, The West Australian

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  • Len Williams

    Crikey! Woz leaving the U.S.? We’ll be up a gum tree without him.

  • Drmstix303

    Woztralia has a nice ring to it!

  • Whodakat

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    - America

    (Screw the spiders, aren’t like the vast majority of the most poisonous snakes in the world there? Count me out.)

  • Blair Wilson

    What about the Box Jellyfish? Those always worried me when i was on Australian Beaches.

  • Len Williams

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Your comment is entirely inappropriate. Steve Wozniak was responsible for co-creating the beginnings of Apple Computer, and played an incredibly MAJOR role in bringing usable personal computers into existence. Without his knowledge and technical skills who knows where we’d be today without him? He and Steve Jobs showed it could be done, which was then quickly copied by IBM and many other companies. We owe Woz a HUGE vote of thanks no matter what country he chooses to live in.

  • Srose428

    Details on their broadband please?!?

  • Robert X
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Your comment is entirely inappropriate. Steve Wozniak was responsible for co-creating the beginnings of Apple Computer, and played an incredibly MAJOR role in bringing usable personal computers into existence. Without his knowledge and technical skills who knows where we’d be today without him? He and Steve Jobs showed it could be done, which was then quickly copied by IBM and many other companies. We owe Woz a HUGE vote of thanks no matter what country he chooses to live in.

    So what? Really.

  • John Frum
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Your comment is entirely inappropriate. Steve Wozniak was responsible for co-creating the beginnings of Apple Computer, and played an incredibly MAJOR role in bringing usable personal computers into existence. Without his knowledge and technical skills who knows where we’d be today without him? He and Steve Jobs showed it could be done, which was then quickly copied by IBM and many other companies. We owe Woz a HUGE vote of thanks no matter what country he chooses to live in.

    So what? Really.

    The real “So what?” is Robert X. What’s he ever contributed to society, especially in comparison to Woz?

    Really.

  • Robert X
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Your comment is entirely inappropriate. Steve Wozniak was responsible for co-creating the beginnings of Apple Computer, and played an incredibly MAJOR role in bringing usable personal computers into existence. Without his knowledge and technical skills who knows where we’d be today without him? He and Steve Jobs showed it could be done, which was then quickly copied by IBM and many other companies. We owe Woz a HUGE vote of thanks no matter what country he chooses to live in.

    So what? Really.

    The real “So what?” is Robert X. What’s he ever contributed to society, especially in comparison to Woz?

    Really.

    That’s your whole point? You make it sound like I am supposed to bow down at the alter of Woz because of his contributions to Apple. Sorry, not going to happen. I appreciate that Woz was there in the beginning but that is about it.

  • Robert X
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Your comment is entirely inappropriate. Steve Wozniak was responsible for co-creating the beginnings of Apple Computer, and played an incredibly MAJOR role in bringing usable personal computers into existence. Without his knowledge and technical skills who knows where we’d be today without him? He and Steve Jobs showed it could be done, which was then quickly copied by IBM and many other companies. We owe Woz a HUGE vote of thanks no matter what country he chooses to live in.

    So what? Really.

    The real “So what?” is Robert X. What’s he ever contributed to society, especially in comparison to Woz?

    Really.

    That’s your whole point? You make it sound like I am supposed to bow down at the alter of Woz because of his contributions to Apple. Sorry, not going to happen. I appreciate that Woz was there in the beginning but that is about it.

  • exsurfer

    Wow, Cult of Mac…does anyone even remotely edit your articles? Plus this is such a generic fluff piece where you passed over the crux of the original article. Cult of Mac’s “standards” have slipped so far recently it’s shameful. Articles with no substance that are poorly, if at all,edited, have become the norm.

  • Sean Liu

    Wow, Cult of Mac…does anyone even remotely edit your articles? Plus this is such a generic fluff piece where you passed over the crux of the original article. Cult of Mac’s “standards” have slipped so far recently it’s shameful. Articles with no substance that are poorly, if at all,edited, have become the norm.

    Standards? Editing? I think you’re on the wrong site, buddy. If you don’t want fluff, too bad.

  • theguycalledtom

    > Details on their broadband please?!?

    NBN: Government owned broadband network that puts fibre to the door of 93% of houses. It’s wholesale only, so any telco can sell services on the network, competing with each other for the best services and prices. It also increases competition in the wireless space because every business is on a level playing field for fixed services, forcing them to innovate with 4G and future services. Broadband is basically becoming an inter-state highway.

  • Bindan Gagher

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    - America

    Amen! To leave one’s country for another is essentially insulting the first country. I mean, okay, he doesn’t like the US, so he’s leaving it. Well, good riddance to bad rubbish! If he thinks the state-run broadband in Oz is that great, he can have it.

  • David Shanahan

    Sounds like a fair deal to me: we gave you Rupert Murdoch, you give us Woz. In fact it’s better than fair, it’s fair and balanced!

  • David Shanahan
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    - America

    Amen! To leave one’s country for another is essentially insulting the first country. I mean, okay, he doesn’t like the US, so he’s leaving it. Well, good riddance to bad rubbish! If he thinks the state-run broadband in Oz is that great, he can have it.

    Who said he’s “leaving” the USA? Please lookup the term “dual citizenship”.

    “It turns out that I get to keep my American citizenship” — Woz

    http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/apples-wozniak-wants-to-become-australian-20120925-26iwb.html

  • David Shanahan

    Details on their broadband please?!?

    Wikipedia is your friend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Broadband_Network

  • reag89

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    - America

    (Screw the spiders, aren’t like the vast majority of the most poisonous snakes in the world there? Count me out.)

    Yeah… because we all live in the bush right? riding our kangaroos and hunting drop bears…
    Don’t say “Count me out” until you come here first mate, you’ll find we have these things called cities with no snakes and no spiders….

  • Benjamin Charles Rhys Anderson

    Details on their broadband please?!?

    Fibre to the Home (i.e. 100->1000Mbps to each and every home) for 93% of the population and the rest of the 7% covered by high speed wireless or satellite connections (for really remote areas).

  • edbrun

    Details on their broadband please?!?

    Here in Australia, we have the government National Broadband Network. It’s basically like Google Fiber but to 93% of Australia. And of course the fibre optics (we have re instead of er) make for really fast internet, upto 1 gbps

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