Originally Posted by markbyrn
I have no problem with Woz touting Android, Windows, or any other tech but either being deceitful or ignorant in claiming that a reincarnated Steve Jobs would create this gimmick notebook with the Win 8 Metro UI mess, stylus and keyboard. Jobs specifically planned the iPad without a keyboard and stylus.
It is difficult to assign motive, personality traits or intelligence to someone without having direct contact with that person.
I had frequent contact with Woz in the years 1978-1989... I can assure you that Woz was neither deceitful nor ignorant. I have not seen Woz in person since 1989, but have seen his videos and read his published thoughts... I don't believe that Woz has acquired the traits you ascribe to him.
Let me give you some examples of Woz in action:
Woz would often drop by our main store in Sunnyvale* -- often to buy things, see what was happening in the world of computing outside of Apple... or just show the flag. Often he would be accompanied by friends like Andy Hertzfeld, Bruce "Tog" Togazinni -- many of whom he attracted to come to work at Apple.
* Located at Fremont and Mary in Sunnyvale, Computer Plus was about 7/10 mile from Apple headquarters and a few blocks from Woz' parents house in Sunnyvale. Woz' younger brother Mark was a 1/3 owner of our stores.
John Draper "Cap'n Crunch" was a compatriot of the 2 Steves from the "phone-phreaking" days. Draper was an odd character, technically competent with few friends. Draper lived in a minimum-security prison somewhere in the East Bay (AIR, he was convicted of defrauding AT&T). Draper had a mind full of technical ideas and no way to express them -- as there was no computer gear available to him at the prison. Every month or so, Woz would pick up Draper and bring him to our Sunnyvale store... so draper could get hands on computer time -- Draper was writing EasyWriter (in Forth), the initial WP program for the IBM/PC.
Woz would spend quite a few hours baby-sitting Draper** and ferrying him back and forth to the prison. Woz was rich, busy and important -- this was a completely selfless act on behalf of a friend... We'd all benefit from a friend like Woz.
** Draper had a volatile personality with child-like mannerisms. When he encountered a programming problem, it was not unusual for Draper to stand up and scream at customers and staff, alike: "I can't concentrate... Stop talking!". Woz would treat Draper like a child and calm him down... rinse and repeat. (our customers and staff were alerted to Draper's potential fits of behavior and just ignored him... God help someone if he came into the store smoking a cigarette).
The absolute dumbest thing I ever saw Woz do was the Porsche saga:
Woz bought an entry-level Porsche (I don't recall the model number). Woz liked the car, but realized that he should have bought the next model up. So, instead of selling and rebuying he decided to rebuild his model to the equivalent of the next higher model. Every week or so, Woz would come by the store to show off the progress on his upgrade... one time it would be Recaro seats (at $1,600 a pop), a new engine or just the latest tune up. It was like a TV mini-series, and we could hardly wait for the next episode.
One day, Woz came into the store smiling from ear to ear... the upgrade was finished (at about double the cost of the higher model). Anyway, Woz wanted to show off, so he offered to take me on a mini-tour of the back roads of Sunnyvale and Cupertino... a 4-5 mile drive. Long story, short -- the tour took about 45 minutes and the "finished car" never got above 13 MPH.
I never did see Woz drive that (or any) Porsche again... I guess the mini-siries was cancelled.
In summary, Woz was/is ia nice guy, supportive, open, helpful (a tad naive, maybe) -- but never deceitful or ignorant!
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