Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger
Scoble waxes poetic, and rightly so, about his interactions with Wozniak, and the great Woz’s perceptions of his own failures.
My first computer experience was at the tender age of 9, back in ’81… on an Apple computer.
My first programming experiences were on Apple’s.
The first industry book I ever read was Woz: The Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley.
A year after receiving Turbo C 1.0 for my 16th birthday, I launched my first product as Shareware (IAMS – Instant Access Menu System, heh), and named my company Prodigy Technologies, as a tongue-in-check tip of the hat to Woz’s book title.
My first formal industry job was as the first employee of WestCode Software, founded by BeagleBrothers (of ClarisWorks/AppleWorks) alums Alan Bird, Rob Renstrom and John Obberick.
Woz, whatever imagined failures you have, you inspired a generation (or two, or three) of us. Don’t ever change.