Wozniak marveled at "the number of accidents in my life that led me to where I was," from teaming up with a friend to get covert access to an early computer
room to run programs in the wee hours of the morning to how he learned about electronics from the first video game he saw--Pong.
While Jobs and Woz were cobbling together the Apple II in a Silicon Valley garage, Gates and Allen were writing BASIC, the computer language that ran early computers
The problem occurred because early computers
had little storage or permanent memory capacity, so software programmers saved space by using only the last two digits of the year.
It was an Asian-American inventor, An Wang, who invented a component of the early computers
and later founded his giant company.
These early computers
could only perform simple functions, and weren't nearly as powerful or as easy to use as the computers we have today.