Steve Wozniak shocked a business forum in Australia recently when he revealed his house in California doesn't have broadband, according to the website News.com.au. Although the Apple co-founder is loaded up on other Internet-enabled devices and often nabs the first spot in line for new Apple releases, his Los Gatos home does not have cable or broadband capabilities.
"I don't have broadband at my home," he told the crowd, repeating the statement for emphasis. "I, Steve Wozniak, don't have broadband at my home."
News.com.au notes that Wozniak further explained that the local phone service does not provide broadband access to his house through their wires.
"There are 50 companies that want to sell me DSL, but they've all got to go through the Horizon wires -- the local phone company -- and I've got one of the two worst Horizons in the country."
Wozniak may not have broadband at home, but he has plenty of smartphones to keep him connected. He was first in line for the iPhone 4S, and he has said that the iPhone is his "primary" phone. He also has an Android phone -- he told the Daily Beast there are some Android features that he prefers to the iPhone -- and he is impressed by Microsoft's Windows Phone . As The Verge writes, Wozniak "even goes on to say that iOS is 'more awkward' in its interactions than the Lumia phone he's presently using, though his favorite smartphone still remains the iPhone."
During the forum, when Wozniak wasn't taking the crowd by surprise with his astounding confession, he provided some insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the multi-billion dollar company he co-founded alongside the late Steve Jobs, PerthNow.com reports.
While Jobs provided the forward-thinking insight and strategic decision-making that he's remembered for, Wozniak labored as the chief engineer, starting first with floppy disc drives and hand-held calculators. Wozniak recalled writing the programming and design for the Apple II computer by hand, since the company lack necessary funds.
Though money was a driving force, it was not the most important factor at the time. That, Wozniak says, is the human brain.
"You need a human brain to come up with an approach to solve problems -- you can't just solve them by brute force (of computing power),'' he said.
Wozniak is making the rounds in Australia this week, talking about Apple's start and rise to fame in a series entitled "The Apple Talks." Check out the video interview he did with Australia's ABC News.
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