It’s interesting how such different things make people “tick.” Wozniak knew what he wanted, and it wasn’t status or money. Yet he was, and still is, a tinkering prankster. Even Wozniak’s Blue Box, which was able to make free calls anywhere in the world, was mainly developed just to see if he could do it. Once he found the frequency used by an analog phone to represent numbers, Wozniak decided to test his invention.
After calling the pope and claiming to be a representative of then-President Nixon, he was told that the pope was sleeping and to try back later. He did, but still was asked the nature of the call–to which Wozniak replied that it was no big deal and he just wanted to make a confession. Back in the pre-9/11 days, Wozniak also used a fake ID over a five-year period when he flew to places. The ID said he was a laser safety inspector. In the photo, he was wearing an eye patch. This was some of what Wozniak was talking about when he said that people need to have fun with their discipline.
Today, Wozniak is excited to see the maker movement and has been spotted walking around the Maker Faire. He confessed to having a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and a host of other maker toys. He hopes this new movement will inspire the next generation of pranksters…or engineers. While much of what Wozniak talked about was having fun, it was really about doing the right thing for the right reasons. You could tell he knew what he wanted and what his ethics were at a young age. This is increasingly important as our world becomes more of a global economy.
Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs – jammers, phreakers… (video).
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.