Wozniakian Destruction

"Wozniakian Destruction" - The History of Phone Hacking & its Influence on 1970s Silicon Valley

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FiveThiryEight Signal's Series had a great small documentary piece on the history of phone hacking in 1960s-1980s, through the lens of Steve Wozniak and Steve Job's pre-Apple bedroom-based manufacturing of "blue bloxes," devices used for manipulating the nation's telecommunication infrastructure. The tidy punchline: "if we hadn't made those little blue boxes, there might never have been an Apple computer." Importantly, piece pays homage to the classic Esquire piece on the rise of analog phone hacking , the predecessor to PC-based hacking culture.
 

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