Sh*t Steve Wozniak Says

Sh*t Steve Wozniak Says

Everybody loves the Woz.

And what’s not to love? Steve Wozniak is a one-of-a-kind genius who invented the personal computer. He’s a millionaire who spends his money having fun, rather than trying to control the world. He’s a practical joker. He’s an iconoclast. And he’s a nerd’s nerd and a geek’s geek who believes in technology and the power of change.

But even the biggest Woz fan has to admit: The man loves the spotlight.

And the main way he grabs it is by saying what nobody expects him to say. 

Sure, Woz has engaged in all kinds of publicity stunts. For example, he was on Dancing with the Stars.

Woz has always been a character, but now he’s a character in a violent iOS game called “Vengeance: Woz With A Coz.”

Even though he doesn’t need to, he stands in line to get every new iPhone and iPad.

And Woz loves Oz: The Silicon Valley icon, who helped make Silicon Valley what it is today, says he intends to move to Australia. His Los Gatos home is reportedly up for sale.

He even has his own baseball card, for some reason.

But most of his press comes from the unexpected things he’s constantly saying.

The most recent unexpected claim being reported in the press is that Woz said Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple.

That’s not what he said. But what he did say was that he’s noticed and also fears that Microsoft is trying harder to innovate and go in new directions, while Apple has lately just been improving existing products.

He’s said that Microsoft’s new products are so good, it’s as if “Steve Jobs was reincarnated at Microsoft.”

The comment reminds me of Woz’s claim that Android is better than iPhone at some things, and that Windows Phone apps are “more beautiful” than iPhone apps.

Woz is on record of accusing Apple of being “arrogant” and having overpriced and disappointing products.

He claims his favorite gadget of all time isn’t an iPhone or an iPad or even the Apple machines he designed and built, but instead the transistor radio he owned as a kid.

He said he “hated” the Apple-Samsung verdict, which found in favor of Apple.

Woz famously sided with Kim Dotcom, and said the piracy case against him threatens Internet innovation.

He claims to have cried at Mike Daisy’s one-man show about The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs, which is about Apple’s factory workers in China. He even urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to see it.

So does Steve Wozniak make all these unexpected statements to shock and surprise and ultimately to get press?

Or is he just a boldly independent guy who really says what he believes?

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  • jahsoul

    Woz is a independent guy who has always said what he believes. He stands on the side of technology and not a particular company (even though he is a major reason it exist.) Nothing Woz said is wrong though. I LOATHE Windows 8 on a non touch device. I installed it in Fusion and it was nice to look at but I just couldn’t get with it but I can see it being awesome on the Mobile front. It’s not like Woz doesn’t own every device that he is talking about.

    What Apple has always won with was familiarity. Quick test…look at the transition of the mobile operating systems and what do you notice? It’s not a knock against Apple because you have people that refuse to say anything negative about the OS or device. Apple wins on apps and “ecosystem” but their OS (in terms of features) lags in comparison to others.

    On another note, the shirt that Woz has on is awesome..lol.

  • jshulman10
  • pfftsigh

    Woz stopped working in 1978. He never did one ounce of work after 1978.

    That’s just after Apple II computer, he didn’t even contribute on the first Macintosh. And yet he got same shares of Apple stock as Steve Jobs. (Steve Jobs biography – chapter 4, page 79)

    Post-Apple career of Woz?
    In 1987 – He founded CL9, which developed and brought the first programmable “Universal Remote Control”.
    In 2001 – He founded Wheel of Zeus (WoZ) to create wireless technology.
    In 2006 – Wheel of Zeus was closed.
    In 2011 – He joined Fusion-IO, a data storage and server company as their chief scientist.

    Steve Wozniak is no doubt a legend but he didn’t contribute anything these past 30 years.

  • Jdsonice

    I think it is time for Woz to retire to Australia. His run is over.

  • technochick

    No, everybody does NOT love the Woz. I find him to be an overhyped ego that speaks bout things he has no business commenting on, and moronic comments at that many times

  • Turtle Heart

    Wozniak = The World’s Most Useless Person. Having to endure the photos of this ugly bag of mostly water has me wondering why I bother reading this blog. Why does the tech media care about the words of this useless person? Maybe the 99.9999999 per cent of the world that could care less about this person should boycott any organization that insults its readers by posting photos or quotes from him?

  • jahsoul

    Wow. It is some serious haters on this site. lol.

    @pfftsigh – He got the same amount of shares as Jobs because they both had a hand in the creation of the computer. Steve Jobs didn’t invent a computer. What patents do Steve Jobs hold?? Exactly.

    @technochick – Woz speaks on things that he is asked about. And he has every right to comment on it, just like you are commenting to a blogpost.

    @Turtle Heart – LOL. Tech media cares because he is pretty much a tech elite. He doesn’t have to do much because he accomplishments speak for themselves. Dude is a tech legend, but you have to understand and have followed tech to know this. And owning an iPhone doesn’t mean you understand or follow tech. (this is a general comment that is not directed at you)

    I understand a lot of people here don’t like Woz because his love of technology isn’t influenced by a company. Most people that really love technology doesn’t care who makes it. Woz has said things about Apple. So what? He has also said things about Windows Mobile and Android, but none of yall care when it’s about the latter. Technology transcends a company. I have a decked out Mac Pro (and with that one piece of equipment spent more than most who has owned every iPhone, iPad, and iPod since 2007, not including hardware and software for music production, but I digress) and I think it’s awesome but will that make me appreciate a decked out custom PC. Or the fact that I own a Galaxy Nexus doesn’t make me appreciate the iPad any less? I think a lot of people need to broaden their view.

  • Andrew Newsome

    I LOATHE Windows 8 on a non touch device. I installed it in Fusion and it was nice to look at but I just couldn’t get with it but I can see it being awesome on the Mobile front.

    You do realise Windows 8 is exactly like Windows 7, but just has a nicer start screen/menu (also proper multi-monitor support).

    I only see the new start screen for the first 5 seconds after i boot my computer. After that, i forget i’m even using Windows 8.

    It’s like saying you hate Mountain Lion because it has Launchpad. You don’t even need to use launchpad, but it’s a nice addition to see all your apps/utilities.

  • crateish

    I love Woz, but he’s a cuddly, self-indulgent buffoon. Follow him on Twitter. You will unfollow him So fast. I don’t give a damn if you just arrived at a five star hotel. Or eaten at Longhorn Steaks for what must be the millionth time. The once great Woz is a bore.

  • rfunk82

    @jahsoul: What patents do Steve Jobs hold??

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/steve-jobs-patents/?pid=3821&viewall=true

    You might want to do some research before you write the first thing that comes to your mind…

  • technochick

    I love Woz, but he’s a cuddly, self-indulgent buffoon.

    Buffoon sounds about right. Unfortunately he’s a buffoon that was part of the founding of Apple and thus the blogs can put the company name in every headline about him as “Apple Founder Steve Wozniak” and triple their hits. So they do.

    The sooner the blogs stop giving him attention over that detail and stop posting his nonsense the better everyone will be. Especially when they ask him questions about Apple’s plans, internal workings etc. He hasn’t been a part of Apple for some 30 years. He’s an honorary employee the same as those celebs that get an honorary PhD. He’s talking out of his ass the same as all those stock analysts and yet the blogs take him as informed fact etc. It’s ridiculous. But unfortunately he loves the limelight too much to stop and ask if he should be making a comment or keeping his mouth shut out of respect for said company. Ironically shooting your mouth off out of turn if you are even just a retail employee is said to be grounds for immediate and non appealable dismissal.

  • technochick

    @technochick – Woz speaks on things that he is asked about. And he has every right to comment on it, just like you are commenting to a blogpost.

    He may have some legal or moral right but intellect people understand that sometimes exercising that right is the wrong thing to do. Whether it’s refusing to comment on a company you have zero internal knowledge about or telling your girlfriend that yes those pants make her ass look fat.

    Wozniak lacks that particular intelligence and overexercises his right to speak. And the blogs enable it, for the page hits

  • technochick

    Woz stopped working in 1978. He never did one ounce of work after 1978.

    Your timeline negates that statement. It shows that he has worked. Not for Apple, not perhaps on anything major. But he hasn’t just be running around on his Sequeway, eating bon bons etc.

    There was a time in that first decade where Wozniak hadn’t stepped off into his own little Wonderland and he had some thoughtful statements about the future of tech. Unfortunately something went way wrong in the last decade or so and he just went wackadoodle but his mouth etc still works.

  • john_blanton

    I think he’s sincere and speaking his mind. I also believe he knows who he is in this world and that pretty much anything he says publicly will get him massive press. ; a mixture of both.

  • MacAdvisor

    Many, many year ago, my second job out of college, I worked for Steve and found him a keen mind and quick study. He says what he means and means what he says (except about arrival times — he was always late back then). He can and is often misunderstood by those who try to read more into what he says than is there, but I have found his comments to be mostly spot on. I wish I’d stayed in contact with him over the years, as I think he is not only having fun, but working on good stuff that he enjoys. He doesn’t have anything to prove, nor an ego that needs to prove himself to everyone. He’s happy with himself and his spot in history is well cemented.

  • jahsoul

    @jahsoul: What patents do Steve Jobs hold??

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/steve-jobs-patents/?pid=3821&viewall=true

    You might want to do some research before you write the first thing that comes to your mind…

    LOL…I think you read a little too much into my content and thus went off looking for a post about Steve Jobs (as part of a team) being on a patent?

    Now you might want to look at Woz’s patents that him alone as the inventor:

    US Patent No. 4,136,359 — “Microcomputer for use with video display”
    US Patent No. 4,210,959 — “Controller for magnetic disc, recorder, or the like”
    US Patent No. 4,217,604 — “Apparatus for digitally controlling PAL color display”
    US Patent No. 4,278,972 — “Digitally-controlled color signal generation means for use with display”

    Now in the field of technology, compare the link that you gave me and the patents I just gave you and decide which has been more beneficial.

  • jahsoul
    @technochick – Woz speaks on things that he is asked about. And he has every right to comment on it, just like you are commenting to a blogpost.

    He may have some legal or moral right but intellect people understand that sometimes exercising that right is the wrong thing to do. Whether it’s refusing to comment on a company you have zero internal knowledge about or telling your girlfriend that yes those pants make her ass look fat.

    Wozniak lacks that particular intelligence and overexercises his right to speak. And the blogs enable it, for the page hits

    The thing is, Woz doesn’t speak about a company’s internal happenings. In the story, he is saying that Microsoft is innovating more than Apple by the products they releasing, not the way the company is ran and if you look at technology in a whole and not holding a bias towards a particular company will see that. On the mobile front, I’m an Android user but I’m impressed with Windows 8 mobile devices. For touch devices, Windows 8 is impressive. Woz shows the difference between a person that loves technology and one that loves a company. Sadly, a lot of fanboys/girls fall into the latter.

  • jahsoul
    I LOATHE Windows 8 on a non touch device. I installed it in Fusion and it was nice to look at but I just couldn’t get with it but I can see it being awesome on the Mobile front.

    You do realise Windows 8 is exactly like Windows 7, but just has a nicer start screen/menu (also proper multi-monitor support).

    I only see the new start screen for the first 5 seconds after i boot my computer. After that, i forget i’m even using Windows 8.

    It’s like saying you hate Mountain Lion because it has Launchpad. You don’t even need to use launchpad, but it’s a nice addition to see all your apps/utilities.

    That why I said “I LOATHE.” and not everyone. I personally don’t like Metro on a non touchscreen device and you have to realize, Windows 8 relies a lot on shortcuts, but using in Fusion, a lot of those shortcuts couldn’t be used.

    And I had no issue with Lauchpad in Lion (where it started). My issue with Lion was its stability issues with the software and hardware that I was using for music production. Now, I don’t like the direction that Apple is going with Mountain Lion but I just have to remind myself that power users are the fringe now. I mean, when will we get an updated Mac Pro? *smh*

  • eplaya

    I would be wiser to listen to comments like these rather than discredit the author. Apple is changing (to worse) not because Jobs absence but because its dominance. I wish I was wrong, but we’ve seen it before!

  • QJeremiah

    Woz haven’t done chickenshit after 1978.
    Like Einstein, who did all his stuff before he was 25… after that, nothing of importance.

    I see him as the guy in that Springsteen song – Glory Days….

  • 4betthreat

    Woz’s house is sick… loved him on the podacst!

  • MacAdvisor

    Woz haven’t done chickenshit after 1978.
    Like Einstein, who did all his stuff before he was 25… after that, nothing of importance.

    Einstein was born in 1879 and published his four ground-breaking papers in 1905, so he was 26 at that point. However, in 1907, when he was 27, Einstein proposed a model of matter where each atom in a lattice structure is an independent harmonic oscillator. it was a particularly clear demonstration that quantum mechanics could solve the specific heat problem in classical mechanics. Peter Debye refined this model.

    In a 1909 paper, when Einstein was 30, he showed Max Planck’s energy quanta must have well-defined momenta and act in some respects as independent, point-like particles. Though the name photon was introduced later by Gilbert N. Lewis in 1926, this paper introduced the photon concept and inspired the notion of wave–particle duality in quantum mechanics.

    In 1913, when he was 34, Einstein’s thinking led him to note Planck’s oscillator energies had an incorrect zero point. He modified Planck’s hypothesis by stating the lowest energy state of an oscillator is equal to 1?2hf, to half the energy spacing between levels.

    In 1917, when Einstein was 38, he applied the General theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe as a whole. He wanted the universe to be eternal and unchanging, but this type of universe is not consistent with relativity. To fix this, Einstein modified the general theory by introducing a new notion, the cosmological constant. Yeah, small contribution that cosmological constant.

    Also in 1917, at the height of his work on relativity and nearing 40, Einstein published an article that proposed the possibility of stimulated emission, the physical process that makes possible the maser and the laser.

    In 1924, when Einstein was 45 he published an article that assumed that light could be understood as a gas of indistinguishable particles and its implications, among them the Bose–Einstein condensate phenomenon that some particulates should appear at very low temperatures. It was not until 1995 that the first such condensate was produced experimentally.

    In 1926, when Einstein was 47, he and his former student Leó Szilárd co-invented (and, in 1930, patented) the Einstein refrigerator. This absorption refrigerator was then revolutionary for not having any moving parts and using only heat as an input.

    In 1950, when Einstein was 71(!), he described his “unified field theory” in a Scientific American article entitled “On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation.” Einstein’s dream of unifying other laws of physics with gravity motivates modern quests for a Theory of Everything and, in particular, string theory.

    Yeah, one (really four) good papers and then, kaput. Schmuck.

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