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  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:51 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Apple I, Apple i Smartphone, , , , , engineer, industry giant, iWoz, Personal computer, , ,   

    iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It 

    The mastermind behind Apple sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time.

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen? The result was the first true personal computer, the Apple I, a widely affordable machine that anyone could understand and figure out how to use.

    Wozniak’s life—before and after Apple—is a “home-brew” mix of brilliant discovery and adventure, as an engineer, a concert promoter, a fifth-grade teacher, a philanthropist, and an irrepressible prankster. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution. 16 pages of illustrations.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:44 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ariel McNichol, , Community, David Kopp, , engineer, , , Free improvisation, Inside Facebook, mEgo, Mohammad Naqvi, , , Sr., , , ,   

    Inside Facebook: Life, Work and Visions of Greatness 

    As an early engineer, I was on the inside during Facebook’s explosive growth. In Inside Facebook, I’ll give you the scoop on the company as it became the premiere online environment for U.S. college students, including how and by whom the products were made, how you can use them best, views on what makes social networks so valuable, and where the industry is headed. You, too, can achieve startup success and attain your greatest dream; I hope to inspire you toward fulfilling your potential.

    “Love the book. It captures the ethos of the place and a substantial degree of the vision and drive which is a secret to success.”
    -David Kopp, Sr. Director, Community at Yahoo!

    “Inside Facebook is a compelling look inside at a fascinating moment. It’s a riveting read. Karel may be an Engineer, but after reading Inside Facebook you’ll see he’s a great storyteller. I couldn’t get myself to stop reading and wanting more.”
    -Ariel McNichol, CEO of mEgo.

    “I love the style. It’s made for college students, like Facebook. Karel takes you into the personalities and minds behind Facebook. A must read for young entrepreneurs, and anyone into online social networking.”
    -Mohammad Naqvi, UCR, creator of Facebook Notifier at fbQuick.com

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 2:58 am on January 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brass instrument, engineer, , Harry Harrison, , , , model for the statue supposedly went, Pinky ring, , , , ,   

    For the Beaver to Poop On! 

    An exhaustive article about the “Brass Rat” – MIT class ring featuring the school’s mascot, a rat-looking beaver:

    “The Brass Rat is traditionally worn with the Beaver “sitting” or “shitting” on the wearer until graduation. This represents the hardships imposed on students at MIT. In addition, the skyline of Boston is facing the student, representing the outside world awaiting. After graduation, the ring is turned around, and the Cambridge skyline is visible to the graduate, as a reminder of times spent at MIT.”

    Fans of Harry Harrison can choose to order the Brass Rat in stainless steel instead.

    This must be the ugliest class and overstated ring in existence. The Canadian engineer’s iron ring, by comparison is a marvel of good taste (even though  technically it’s a pinky ring).

    My favorite part of this trivia was the hack of welding the Brass Rat to the finger of the Statue of the Three Lies (as the model for the statue supposedly went to MIT).

     
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