In the third and final video Woz answers questions about Steve Jobs and Apple with a unusual degree of frankness.
Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do.
The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed.
He does however point out that his partnership with Jobs was important. A great product wouldn't do anyone any good unless it sells - and for that you need a company:
"So it's very important, even if you are not a business man, find someone who is."
Whether you are a student, a start-up, or just want to hear about the days when computers used transistors or Woz's attitude to social media, Sarina's interview is worth watching.
Sarina's question at the beginning of the second interview is whether he preferred hardware over software. Woz explains that, when he was in early high school, he wanted a 4K computer but his father told him that would cost as much as a house. So Woz started to build his own however, he had to write the software too, and this meant writing line by line, by hand, on paper, and then typing in the 0s and 1s of the binary code.
By this time he was 16 or 17, and, as there were no computers at his school, he went to a local company that did possess one, to test his programs. The interview also considers how to choose a university. When Woz visited the University of Colorado, and saw snow for the first time, he "fell in love," and spent a year there, which was all his parents could afford given out-of-state tuition rates.
More information on Sarina and Reach A Student can be found at http://www.reachastudent.com/
In a set of three ten-minute videos Steve Wozniak reveals how he became interested in electronics at elementary school and that he designed and built the Apple II as a personal project.
While on a visit to Orlando he was asked by 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani to let her interview him for her website, ReachAStudent. Sarina set up her website to provide students at her school "the ability to access and share positive insight on any school related matter" and to allow students to ask questions of mentors.
And for students interested in computers, programming and technology, what better subject could you ask for than Woz!
Woz agreed to meet Sarina because, when young, he had wanted to be a 5th grade teacher and, as he pointed out during the interview, mentors had been important to every step of his life.
In the first segment Woz tells us that at school he was interested in science and math, a subject in which he was always top of the class. However it was what he did outside school, and his participation in science fairs that really set him on his future path. His interest in electronics and computers started while he was in elementary school and for a 6th grade science fair he built a machine that ran a program that, "makes you never lose at tic-tac-toe ... It had about 100 transistors and about 100 diodes. No one at school had ever seen a transistor, it was that advanced."