First, as always, the full quote is attributed to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple computers and visionary entrepreneur.
Never Trust A Computer You Can’t Throw Out A WindowSteve Wozniak
Did Woz say it?
Here’s the thing. We’ve been able to find numerous print sources linking Steve Wozniak to this quote and, so far, only one (an unreferenced comment on Quora) that says it is misattributed to him. We’re going to say that we believe Wozniak said it, but ask those that have evidence one way or the other to let us know (please) if they are able to track down verification that the quote does in fact belong to the Apple visionary.
A Little About The Woz
Born on August 11, 1950, in San Jose, California, Steve Wozniak developed an interest in electronics at a young age and began tinkering with computers while still in high school. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, but dropped out after only one year to work for Hewlett-Packard as a computer designer.
In the mid-1970s, Wozniak designed the first Apple computer, the Apple I, which was released in 1976. He later developed the Apple II, which was a huge success and helped launch Apple as a major player in the personal computer market.
Despite his success with Apple, Wozniak left the company in 1985 to pursue other interests, including teaching and philanthropy. He has continued to be involved in the technology industry, and in 2001 he co-founded Wheels of Zeus, a company that developed wireless location-tracking technology.
Wozniak has received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to the technology industry, including induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Computer History Museum’s Hall of Fellows in 2001. He is also an avid philanthropist and has donated millions of dollars to educational and charitable causes.
What Does The Wozniak Quote Mean?
As we referenced in the beginning, computers use to be enormous and couldn’t be thrown out of windows. Not only could they not be thrown out of windows, they couldn’t fit into homes. If an engineer, scientist or researcher wanted to use one they had to rent time on it at their local university or use the one at their office. As such, whatever you did on it, whatever the next guy or girl does on it, and every combination is out of your control.
Personal computing changed that forever and always as people now are free to control what they see and do on their computer and do not have to share the time with others around them.
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