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Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the ask-and-you-shall-hear dept.

Apple 612

He co-founded Apple Computer, he's a programmer and engineer who invented the Apple I and Apple II computers, he's one of our most influential readers, he is known simply as Woz. To kick-off our 15th anniversary month, Woz has agreed to take some time to answer a few of your questions; as with other Slashdot interviews, you're invited to ask as many questions as you'd like, but please ask them in separate posts. We'll be running a number of other special interviews this month, so keep your eyes open.

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My question to Woz (-1, Troll)

Mska (2742945) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514365)

I'd like to ask you about your first girlfriend.

1) How old were you back then? What about her?
2) Did she give you your first kiss?
3) What are the greatest memories you have of her?
4) Is your current wife and/or girlfriend much like your first girlfriend, or is she/them completely different?

Thanks a lot for answering!

Re:My question to Woz (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514997)

Actually, I think a more interesting question is:

Is Kathy Griffin a real red head?

Where Are Today's Hobbyists? (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514367)

In your mind, where is the heart of today's computer hobbyists. I read Make magazine, I own an Arduino, some Raspberry Pis, a couple XBees, etc. I'm probably too young to remember the glory days of machines you could actually open and tinker with so could you tell me today where I can find the closest thing to that? Or at least where you go to satiate your inner tinkerer?

Opinions on the Mutations of Tetris? (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514385)

I've played a bit of Tetris in my day and was reared on Gameboy Tetris, Tetris 2 on the SNES and Tetris Worlds for the Nintendo 64. I've since played a few other versions and remembered you being an avid submitter to Nintendo Power. So, Evets Kainzow, what's your opinion on the current state of Tetris (if you still play). Have you enjoyed the permutations on tetromino scoring and function in some of the later titles or do you see them as a tainted form of a pure game?

New stuff? (4, Interesting)

19061969 (939279) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514393)

What new stuff excites you most now?

Where do you think the iPhone is going? (3, Interesting)

HerculesMO (693085) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514415)

With iOS6 and it's very evolutionary nature, and with Google's Android and MS's Windows Phone as competitors, plus the fact IDC and Gartner both put iOS as becoming less relevant with time... what does your gut tell you about the landscape? And what do you think about the competitors to iOS? I would say "iPhone", but my interest is more in the software than the hardware.

Re:Where do you think the iPhone is going? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514537)

LOL Windows Phone doesn't compete with Android and iOS.

It competes with Symbian, Blackberry and MeeGo.

Re:Where do you think the iPhone is going? (1)

tg123 (1409503) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515047)

With iOS6 and it's very evolutionary nature, and with Google's Android and MS's Windows Phone as competitors, plus the fact IDC and Gartner both put iOS as becoming less relevant with time... what does your gut tell you about the landscape? And what do you think about the competitors to iOS? I would say "iPhone", but my interest is more in the software than the hardware.

LOL Windows Phone doesn't compete with Android and iOS.

It competes with Symbian, Blackberry and MeeGo.

really ... Woz? what relegates it to the past ? (real question curious to know )

Apple vs. Samsung (0)

xbeefsupreme (1690182) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514417)

What is your opinion on the Apple vs. Samsung verdict?

Re:Apple vs. Samsung (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514463)

What is your opinion on the Apple vs. Samsung verdict?

http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/09/13/2222207/wozniak-on-the-samsung-patent-verdict

Re:Apple vs. Samsung (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514491)

jeez, a little googling would have provided you the answer [bloomberg.com] :

"I hate it," Wozniak said when asked about the patent fights between Apple and Samsung. "I don't think the decision of California will hold. And I don't agree with it -- very small things I don't really call that innovative."

Why Freemason? (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514425)

Your wikipedia page says you're a member of the Freemasons. As an open source fanatic, freemasonry has always rubbed me a little the wrong way. It's fine that people want to have a club and do their own thing in private but what bothers me is that they might be more likely to do business with other Freemasons and that they have these requirements to be a Freemason like belief in a Supreme being. It also bothers me that it's so pervasive. I understand enjoying the comradery and brotherhood of it (I'm an Eagle Scout myself) but what purpose does being a Freemason serve in your life and what do you enjoy most about it? If you're purely doing it to spend time with your wife, does any aspect of it bother you?

Re:Why Freemason? (5, Funny)

juanfgs (922455) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514455)

As an open source fanatic, freemasonry has always rubbed me a little the wrong way

Would you like him better if he was an OpenMason?

Re:Why Freemason? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514629)

Is he a FreeAsInBeerMason, or a FreeAsInSpeechMason?

Re:Why Freemason? (1)

tg123 (1409503) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515071)

Is he a FreeAsInBeerMason, or a FreeAsInSpeechMason?

:-)

Re:Why Freemason? (5, Informative)

willda (1369247) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514839)

I understand enjoying the comradery and brotherhood of it (I'm an Eagle Scout myself) but what purpose does being a Freemason serve in your life and what do you enjoy most about it?

I am an Eagle Scout as well and a 30 yr Freemason (Past and current Master). Our main objective is not as you said to be more likely to do business with other Freemasons (though that does occur...don't you prefer to do business with people that you know as opposed to strangers?). Our objective is to help make good men even better. I am sure there are probably many men in your community that are masons that you might talk to for better information. We are an organization with secrets, not a secret organization. Dan

Re:Why Freemason? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514921)

We are an organization with secrets, not a secret organization.

Lame.

Re:Why Freemason? (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514957)

We are an organization with secrets, not a secret organization

So you're saying the real organization is secret? OK then.

Our objective is to help make good men even better.

And in the process, claim dominion (as do all such societies) over goodness.

Re:Why Freemason? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41515057)

Boy Scout's of America has the same "Duty to God" principle.

Re:Why Freemason? (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515117)

they might be more likely to do business with other Freemasons

I don't see why your concern is exclusive to masony. What about running clubs? Play-dates? Or hell, even bowling leagues?

they have these requirements to be a Freemason like belief in a Supreme being

Again, there are plenty of other clubs that have similar requirements. The big difference is that masonry is open to people of different religions.

It also bothers me that it's so pervasive.

A lot of things are pervasive. Again, what does masonry have to do with it?

If you're purely doing it to spend time with your wife, does any aspect of it bother you?

I really don't understand that question. Masonry is a fraternal organization.

I'm not sure I understand your hesitations with the organization. I'm guessing you've heard one too many stories. Personally, I think it's a great way for people of different politics and religions to talk to one another in a meaningful way without getting trapped in hyperbole.

I'm not a mason, btw.

I know you like jokes (4, Funny)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514427)

What is your favorite joke?

How do you feel about Apple? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514437)

How do you feel about the way Apple condcuts themselves today? They're the most powerful company ever now and yes they make a pretty good phone they're pretty evil too! Suing competition claiming they can't compete yet they have a huge selection of market share and dedicated user base and Apple has claimed this for decades of lawsuits and it hasn't stopped them from innovating :) Not to mention the incredibly overpriced products and support/repair!

In your opinion, are you happy with the way your baby has matured?

If you were twenty two years old today (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514441)

And living hand-to-mouth with little or no savings, what kinds of work do you think you'd be doing?

Can Apple survive and/or flourish w/o Steve Jobs? (5, Interesting)

Lucas123 (935744) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514481)

The last time Apple lost Jobs, its vision and profitability went down the drain. What's different now?

My Question (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514493)

Do you think that apple nowadays is more focus on patents than innovation and users ?? And whats your opinion about patents & innovation ?

Thanks,
Carlos B

Thank You (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514501)

Steve, I just want to say THANK YOU.

All of your effort and time have created a lot very productive and exciting products. I dare to think that life would be less exciting without your effort.

Todays vs yesterdays hobbyists (4, Interesting)

ruir (2709173) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514515)

I have been in this industry for long, but not as long as Mr. Wozniak. I get my teeth cut in the Spectrum ZX 48, and frankly nowadays just to do a simple program the task, tools and amount of literature to digest in daunting.... never mind about understanding the hardware and specially the OS, not much more than a big black box. My questions is what Mr. Wozniaks thinks about programming or tinkering with current computers nowadays?

Do you dance on Steve Jobs' grave? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514525)

And do you feel like you've won the game that really matters by outliving him? Can all the money in the world by you an extra minute of life?

Re:Do you dance on Steve Jobs' grave? (0)

tg123 (1409503) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514721)

Steve please don't answer this this guy is a disgusting troll.

Someone Mod the parent post down -1000 devils spawn............. please?

Questionsl for Woz (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514553)

- Are personal computer glory days over?

Do you feel like you were dealt... (4, Interesting)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514559)

...the short end of the stick where Apple is concerned - why so or why not ?
In other words: who is the genius ?

Re:Do you feel like you were dealt... (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514683)

The short answer is that they both were (I assume you're referring to Woz vs Jobs). Neither had all of the pieces necessary to succeed alone. Woz needed a ruthless, driven businessman with an eye for the next big thing, Jobs needed a technical wizard who could do things that no one else was even thinking about.

Re:Do you feel like you were dealt... (1)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515153)

I want him to answer that ;=) Unless you are Woz, in which case I would imagine 604554 is too high a UID ;=)

3D printers (4, Interesting)

medcalf (68293) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514561)

Do you think 3D printers can rejuvenate the electronics hobbyist market, or that the increasing sophistication and miniaturization of electronics makes that a forlorn goal?

Where's left to conquer? (3, Insightful)

concealment (2447304) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514567)

Computers are fast, reliable and use UNIX-like operating systems or near analogues. Not only that, but this technology is now getting embedded in every gadget we own.

What is the next frontier? Will it be technological, social, or legal? Or will it be tangential technological issues like interface design, interoperability, or privacy, that aren't necessarily new technologies so much as new configurations of existing technology?

Closed Source/ Closed Platform (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514573)

In a similar vein to HerculesMO, how do you feel about Apple's transitions to closing their platforms, starting with the iOS products, and most recently, the Mountain Lion restriction on application downloads (which, to be fair, can be disabled). Do you feel differently about this for handhelds/tablets/phones versus more traditional computers? What about Apple's opposition to "jail-breaking" iPods and iPhones? Is that a legitimate concern, or should Apple back off?

capcha: penguin
Is /. telling me to switch to Linux? Because my Linux box is downstairs, and I'm lazy.

Re:Closed Source/ Closed Platform (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514767)

Is /. telling me to switch to Linux? Because my Linux box is downstairs, and I'm lazy.

Stairs are no match for SSH.

Space Race (4, Interesting)

Ashenkase (2008188) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514575)

Asteroid Mining, Moon Colony or Mars Colony, which do you see as our next best foray into the solar system.

Still employed by Apple? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514577)

I know you were a "low paid Apple Employee" acting as a company ambassador while Steve was still in charge, have you maintained that position with Apple now that Tim is at the helm?

High school student (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514587)

What do you suggest to a 16 year old high school student looking forward to studying CS and working in IT not knowing what concrete profession to aim for?

Do you hate Apple commercials as much as I do? (2)

proca (2678743) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514605)

I think Apple commercials range from slightly pompous to extremely annoying. From the 'iPad 2 is magic' and now the 'my thumb can reach the entire screen' and 'the headphones fit in my ear holes'. Apple has a history of solid advertising, but the TV commercials of late have been bad. What do you think of Apple's advertising campaign?

Computers today vs. past expectations (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514617)

I'm really curious to know, in what ways do computers today conform to your vision or expectations of computers from the days of the Apple I and II?

I mean, at that time, what did you envision the future of computing to be and in what ways are you surprised or not surprised?

serious question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514627)

Toilet paper: are you a folder or a scruncher?

Batman is gone, Robin takes over? (1)

JosefSit (1805244) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514641)

Dear Steve, now that Mr. Jobs is gone how do you feel as his successor? Isn't it a little like Batman is gone and now Robin takes over? What are your ideas you can finally implement and think will have a positive impact - especially in regards to the tight company policy regarding apps and content. Best, J.

Ask him anything? (-1, Troll)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514645)

Do you shave your scrotum?

Education (5, Interesting)

Killer Instinct (851436) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514655)

Woz,
What changes would you recommend to fix the K-12 education system in the u.s. ?
-KI

Why Australia and not Canada? (4, Interesting)

kbahey (102895) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514657)

Why have you taken steps to immigrate to Australia, rather than Canada?

Re:Why Australia and not Canada? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514739)

Canada does not have _any_ real national plans for the internet especially Ontario/Quebec.

Re:Why Australia and not Canada? (1)

kbahey (102895) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514833)

That was not his reply to the previous thread. Will wait to see what he says.

Re:Why Australia and not Canada? (1)

tg123 (1409503) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514899)

Why have you taken steps to immigrate to Australia, rather than Canada?

Canada does not have _any_ real national plans for the internet especially Ontario/Quebec.

Touché ....

Woz?

Steve what happened with the Mac in the 80's? (2)

tg123 (1409503) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514659)

Steve just wanting to know the story with Steve jobs baby "The Mac" in 80's and what were your thoughts on its development?

Innovation is it still possible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514673)

Is it still possible to innovate? Or maybe we reached a point that we will be reinventing the wheel?

Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514681)

Order them highest to lowest as most probable conspiracy turning out to be true:
Chemtrails, aka cloud spraying.
HAARP being developed as a weapon
Illuminati
America orchestrated 9-11 in order to invade the middle east with public support.
America knew of the Pearl Harbor attack but did nothing knowing we could then drop the bomb with public support.
Israel owns America.

BOM/COM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514689)

When designing the Apple I, how cognizant were you about financials, such as bill of materials (BOM) and cost of manufacturing (COM). Engineers are typically never schooled in such topics, but they are important to a commercial product.

Domination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514707)

Will you team up with Kevin Mitnick and hack and thus rule the entire world?

Segways (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514723)

Hi Woz!
      I was the manager of Segway of Long Beach and led you on the huge group Segway tour of Long Beach a few years back during the national Segway convention that we hosted. As an early adopter of new technologies and a supporter of products such as Segway, how do you feel regarding perceived (social/financial) failure of such technologies? Do you think America will be ready to accept radical new modes and concepts of transportation, such as the Segway, after self-driving cars become common place?
    Still riding your segway packing a pocket mega-laser? We certainly enjoyed your visit. Thanks for signing my book!
Matthew
   

Corporate influence on law and innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514725)

A lot of what you and Steve Jobs created in the early days was built on a policy of, "I'd rather be a pirate than join the Navy." In your opinion, how has our government joining forces with corporations and corporations influencing our legal system in general impacted technology innovation, exploration, adventure, and progress.

Does your non-celebrity status bother you? (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514729)

All the world knows who Steve Jobs was. But very few of the gazillions who use Apple gadgets know who you are. Does that bother you?

Which of your design tricks are you proudest of? (5, Interesting)

fgrieu (596228) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514733)

My favorite is the Apple ][ disk controller, most notably the read synchronization and decoding achieving 5, then ultimately 6 useful data bits per raw 8 bits, using little discrete logic and a small (P)ROM.

Would you ever Open Source the original Apple II? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514735)

Simple question: Would you ever consider Open Sourcing the original Apple II? The hardware and software (ROMS).

Modern computers offer a lot of features. But for folks studying or learning, a simpler machine lacking virtual memory and all the modern complexity, a machine where students can really understand everything that is going on right down into the CPU, well it seems like it could be educationally useful.

What do you think?

Your Equipment Bag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514747)

A recent article showed the contents of your equipment bag. The one thing that bothered me was: Why the Gameboy Light? Other than the rarity of the device internationally, wouldn't an Advance SP be more practical for travel?

Tetris The Grandmaster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514753)

Do you still feel a challenge with GameBoy Tetris after all these years? I would think the challenge would have plateaued. Maybe you should consider the Arika Tetris "Grandmaster" series? They were arcade games in Japan with insane difficulty curves. Eventually the speed is so fast that you don't see them drop, they just appear in place. They changed the gameplay to accommodate the difficulty: you can pre-rotate pieces (and/or substitute the hold piece), and then you can rotate and drag on the surface before they quickly lock into place. If that wasn't difficult enough, after you "beat" the game (depending on how well you played) the pieces can become invisible after dropping. You have to play blind to get the best ranking! It's better seen [youtube.com] than described, though.

What's next? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514757)

Hello Woz. I was wondering what would you like to do in the foreseeable future.
Do you have any projects in mind? Could you talk about some of them?

Thank you.

A simple questin (3, Insightful)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514763)

What makes you happy?

When was the last time... (3, Interesting)

Antipater (2053064) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514771)

...if ever, that you punched someone in the face? Was it a bar fight? High school bully? Someone hitting on your girl?

I know I'm supposed to be asking techie stuff, but I just like the idea of Woz flipping out and decking someone.

If you had it to do over again - exclude Steve? (2)

slashpot (11017) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514775)

Given that Apple has turned into the most Evil Patent Foce on the planet - if you had it to do over again and the result would be the same wealth for you personally - would you choose with this hypothetic foresight to have created a company with a legacy more in line with your own hacker values (hence necessitating the exclusion of Steve - or do you still value that friendship enough to not regret said evil legacy)?

Cloud computing (5, Interesting)

Arumator (2742973) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514791)

What is your feeling about cloud computing and the way it is being hailed as the future of the IT industry?

The Cloud (1)

snooz_crash (802357) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514809)

Are you a fan of the Cloud? Is it secure enough for Enterprise applications? What would you use it for and "not use it for?"

If you had a new beginning... (1)

badpool (1721056) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514813)

If you were reincarnated as a newborn today, with all of your current knowledge (but none of your money), what kind of career would you pursue down the line? Would you leverage your software skills in the same manner, or do something completely different?

All Questions All The Time... (5, Interesting)

doctechniqal (516085) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514817)

Woz, you no doubt get asked countless questions, by countless numbers of people, some of which you have been asked and have answered multiple times to the point where you're sick of continually having to answer them (or don't even bother). Conversely, I imagine there's something you'd love to talk about if only someone would ask you about it, but no one has. What I want to know is: what question has no one ever asked you, a question that you wish someone would finally get around to asking you and that you would love to respond to, and what is the answer you would give to that question?

Re:All Questions All The Time... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41515187)

Woz: "The answer to your question is your question. And my answer to your question is my answer."

Worst decision (2)

Emmeau (673110) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514845)

Woz, what was the worst decision you've made in your life?

Best Practical Joke & How Much Tech (3, Interesting)

AdamnSelene (2183372) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514867)

Steve: What was the best practical joke you ever played and how much tech know how was involved?

The future of PFs (Personal Fabricators) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514881)

Woz, you shaped the PC or Personal Computer. What do you project is the future of PFs (Personal Fabricators)?

Learning about computer hardware, then and now (1)

serbianheretic (1108833) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514883)

In the 70-ies and 80-ies, computers had limited resources, but were hardware hacker's dream. Today we are left with basically 2 models of complicated beasts with thick layers of kludges and software hiding the lot. What is the best way to learn about low level stuff today, in your opinion? Make your own 8-bit machine? Play with software only, because hardware is "finished" bussiness? Or something else.

WOZ! (1)

trum4n (982031) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514887)

How do you feel about Tube Amplifiers? Do they give you that fuzzy feeling? I'm building one myself right now!

Your influence (3, Interesting)

U8MyData (1281010) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514897)

Mr Woz, Can you characterize your current and perhaps even future influence with Apple? Like many here, we are curious where Apple will go from here now that Mr. Jobs has passed. He was the persona of the Apple brand and without something or someone providing that edge I fear difficult times ahead. I don't need to remind anyone about the recent Maps issues. Where might you fit in to that realm? After all, you are the other half (Ying? or Yang?) of the apple legacy.

Huh (1)

Vince6791 (2639183) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514909)

Will the Apple OS X ever be released for a PC to compete against the Microsoft Windows?
Will Mac's ever be in the same low price range as today's PC's to attract new buyers?
Will Apple attract more game developers?
Are you mentally(since you are old) capable of building your own computer today from scratch? I mean soldering chips(bios, south bridge, etc..), capacitors onto the motherboard etc.. Writing your own BIOS software afterwards based on your design.

Reading! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514931)

I've heard that books are the keys to understanding and learning, and I can think of no better person to learn from. What books do you enjoy, or think are absolute must reads for a nerd?

How can I say thanks? (2)

willoughby (1367773) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514951)

Although I'd love to meet you, shake your hand and thank you for your contributions to computing history, it's never going to happen. So, what would you prefer I do locally in order to express my gratitude? Contribute to a charity, community service, something else...?

How about an invitation? (1)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514959)

Would you like to come to our block party? Every year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Crawfish and BBQ, between Houston and Galveston.

Bacon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514973)

What's your opinion on our impending bacon shortage?

fllying? (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514979)

Do you still have an active Pilot's license? Myself I've never gone beyond my SEL private license and gave up flying after my daughters were born (due the the cost of insurance). Did you give up after the accident with the Beechcraft (those Bonanza's were sometimes nicknamed "twin tailed Doctor killers") or did you continue flying? Do you still follow what's going on in aviation? If so what do you think of Rutan's Spaceship One?

Music industry (1)

Zeroblitzt (871307) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514989)

What is your opinion on the music industry - that is, do you like the direction it's gone in (some would say downloads were inevitable), or would you rather see it evolve into something different than what we currently have?

Are PCs for daily computing becoming obsolete? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41514991)

More and more it seems now that daily computing is moving away from the stationary medium of the PC (or Mac, whatever) to mobile devices like smartphones and recently tablets. It seems every company is pushing into this game, and companies that can't like HP and Dell are seeing great profit drops. What are your thoughts on mobile computing, issues it presents, and where do you see it going in the future?

Apple now vs Apple then..... (1)

ConallB (876297) | more than 2 years ago | (#41514993)

Do you think that your past self would be hired by Apple today?

Where are Apple, Microsoft and Linux in 5 years? (1)

dstyle5 (702493) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515009)

Where do you see Apple, Microsoft and Linux in 5 years? By that I mean questions like:

Will Apple's lack of innovation and patent trolling keep them where they are?
Will Windows 8/Metro catch on and significantly get Microsoft into the tablet/handheld space?
Will Linux still be the niche OS is has been up until now.

Do you feel your fame has hindered you new endever (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515027)

Being famus for the man who invented the Personal Computer. And now Decades later your invention is starting to dwindel popularity, being replaced with the ultra-mobile computer like iPads and iPhone and other smart phones.

With your new endevers in life is the decline of the Personal Computer effecting your preception?

Encouraging Engineering (1)

eljefe6a (2289776) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515037)

My daughter (3) has a great engineering potential. How do I encourage that in world where everyone wants to be reality TV star? My parents never fostered that and I became an engineer. I often wonder how things would be different had my parents done more.

On Health. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41515055)

After Jobs passed away, do you have a different take on life or habits in your lifestyle? Take care of your health buddy... you are getting bigger...

Computer Gaming (1)

donweel (304991) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515101)

What do you think of computer gaming today? Do any of them interest you?

new ideas (1)

Dan9999 (679463) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515119)

Hi, in your experience, for someone who has (or thinks they have) great new ideas for existing hardware or software products that are already on the market (for example an OS) but wouldn't want to just propose it to the company for fear of having the idea just stolen. Say the money for patenting is just not an option but wanting this to be something that could feed and house the family, are there avenues that you can suggest to be able to move forward?

Who did you learn the most from? (1)

davide marney (231845) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515129)

Every now and then we run into those people who have that rare gift of crystallizing things in an elegant way. On whose shoulders have you stood over the years?

Why Austrailia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41515131)

It has been reported that you are moving down under for better high speed internet access, why not stay here and use your clout to help better the situation in teh country that gave you teh oppritunity to become rich and successful?

Tell me what your Mom and Dad were like (1)

davide marney (231845) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515139)

Tell me about your family of origin. What do you admire about your parents?

The Next "iPhone"? (2)

sohmc (595388) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515147)

Regardless of how one feels about the iPhone, it did revolutionize the mobile phone industry in one BIG way: took manufacturing power AWAY from the phone companies. And while phone companies are still doing this to Android phones, Apple has remained relatively unscathed.

I believe the only hurdle left for the iPhone is to make it a completely data-only phone, relying on SIP [wikipedia.org] instead of traditional phone numbers. I realize that this would be a HUGE negative for phone companies, who profit handsomely from unused minutes and struggle to profit from data hogs like iPhones.

Where do you see the iPhone going next? Are there any more new big advances similar to when the iPhone first debuted?

Disappointment? (2)

abrotman (323016) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515151)

Are you disappointed in the direct Apple has taken over the last few years with a closed ecosystem, mild lock-in, and suing competitors? Can you comment on what you might have done differently if you had been the CEO? Where do you see Apple focusing in the future?

If you could tell 1984 Woz something, what would it be?

Considering your time at Apple, CL9, etc (1)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515177)

what is your biggest regret and what would you do differently? Also - thanks for the Apple ][...

Were you asked to act in the new show "Revolution" (1)

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515193)

One of the characters looks and acts suspiciously like you...did they cast him after you said no?

Endorse Obama (0)

backslashdot (95548) | more than 2 years ago | (#41515199)

Why don't you endorse President Obama? (Granted he's not perfect, but the alternative --being ruled by the "modern" republican party is insane.)

Do it.

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