Steve Jobs reminisces about building illegal blue boxes with Woz [Video]

Fri, Feb 25, 2011

Apple History, Featured, News

A great video find of a bearded Steve Jobs (with a curious blue denim button-up) reminiscing about the good ole’ days he spent with Woz tinkering with and building illegal blue boxes to make free telephone calls around the world.

We were so fascinated by them that Woz and i actually figured out how to build one, we built the best one in the world, it was the first digital blue box in the world, and we would give them to our friends and use them ourselves, and you know, you’d rapidly run out of people you would wanna call, but it was the magic of the fact two teens could build this box for $100 worth of parts and control 100’s of billions of dollars of infrastructure in the entire telephone network in the whole world, from Los Altos in Cupertino, California.

That was magical.

And experiences like that taught us the power of ideas, the power of understanding that if you could build this box you can control 100’s of millions of dollars of telephone infrastructure around the world, and that’s a powerful thing, and if we hadn’t had made blue boxes, there would have been no Apple.

The clip is taken from the documentary, Silicon Valley: A 100 year Renaissance, originally broadcast on PBS and released on VHS in 1999.


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