Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniak: The Most significant Pair of Silicon Valley
The meeting between Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak was the most significant meeting in the Silicon Valley, after Hewlett and Packard Met.
Steve Wozniak’s father was electronics guy, and he developed the interest for the same later in life. He was a hardware guy and he was proud of that. Woz never wanted to be businessman or be into changing the world in the manner Jobs did, he simply wanted to remain with electronics.
He with his father’s #electronic errands, used to #imagine his #life in future, where he had a computer with size of notebook fitting on a desk. Remember this was 1960s laptops were not a thing. His father said the computer will cost as much as house, Woz said, “I will live in apartment”
He #believed that there are 2 kind of people, one who is wealthy, strong muscular and work to gain power. And others were who wished to build the world. He was the second one. He always liked what engineers did. #Build and improve world. They make life easier, and help people accomplish 5 days work in just 4 days
He developed a game with his friends that gave electric shock when touched. Woz proudly stated that it was a game of hardware guy and software guys would never play it.
He like Jobs was into playing pranks in his school. He was really good in #mathematics. He showing his #prankster nature, developed a ticking machine that sounded like time bomb and put into school locker. It was made to tick master when the locker was opened. He was later called that day to Principal’s office. Woz assumed that he had won the prize in Maths competition. But he was scolded badly for it. He ran away and could not control his laughter for what had happened.
“I built an electronic metronome and placed it in a friend’s locker, along with a tin-foil switch to speed up the ticking when the locker was opened,” woz wrote.
He continued “I couldn’t hold my laughter when Principal Bryld told me how he extracted the ‘bomb,’ ran out to the football field, and dismantled it.”
“We first met in 1971 during my college years, while he was in high school. A friend said, ‘you should meet Steve Jobs because he likes electronics, and he also plays pranks.’ So he introduced us.”
He left the University of California at Berkeley before he finished his degree in order to work for Hewlett-Packard. He and Jobs were very involved with a local organization called the #HomebrewComputerClub, where they discussed and experimented with hardware and software, including video games. It became clear to them that the personal computing era was about to heat up significantly.
Both of there partnership flourished due to blue box prank. The fusion kf pranks and electronics that secured funds to start Apple—was launched one Sunday afternoon when Wozniak read an article in Esquire that his mother had left for him on the kitchen table. It was September 1971, and he was about to drive off the next day to Berkeley, his third college. The story, Ron Rosenbaum’s “Secrets of the Little Blue Box,” described how hackers and phone phreakers had found ways to make long- distance calls for free by replicating the tones that routed signals on the #AT&T network. “Halfway through the article, I had to call my best friend, Steve Jobs, and read parts of this long article to him,” Wozniak recalled. He knew that Jobs, then beginning his senior year, was one of the few people who would share his excitement. #SteveJobs was picked up by Woz and both drove quickly to a library at SLAC [the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center]. They read the technical things, and it was real. Everything including frequencies were real. They decided to make one for themselves and take it a step forward by making a digital #BlueBox, which no one had made at that time.
They made a prototype and tried to call Woz’s uncle, they called a wrong number, but it worked. They sprung up and were shouting about the fact they were calling for free, they were calling from Blue Box and they were using Blue Box.
There prank had more scope than they initially anticipated. They tried to make more of these and sell in public. They made it in a compact size with the boards and all material summing to around $40 per piece. Like Apple does today, they added heavy profits, and sold it for $150.