I read an article which claimed Jobs loved the Beatles and their company “Apple”.
Steve Jobs was also an adopted child: his bio mother was of German ancestry and his bio dad was Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian Muslim immigrant to the U.S.
JObs himself was a Buddhist.
My first 2 computers were MacIntosh’s which I purchased with a student discount for around $3000-$4000 each. Apple never had the most GBS or MB, but they had a visonary in Steve Jobs who could forsee how people would use technology and anticipate how they would use it.
Jobs’ mom was a single mother.
How many such talents have been destroyed by the policies Obama seeks to expand, by forcing no cost access to abortion and birth control?
Yes, Steve Jobs will be missed. Not only for his innovations in electronics, but the 1984 Super Bowl ad for Apple made Super Bowl advertising into the cultural phenomenom it has become.
I, however, am disturbed by Mr. Lewis’s implied conclusion - that man is incapable for greatness without divine intervention or selling one’s soul to the devil. I choose to believe that man IS capable of greatness, both great good and great evil. Anything less and we are no longer human but mere puppets.
If those pampered princes and princesses whinning and griping on Wall Street, clutching their iPods and iPhones would do half as much as Jobs did on his own our economy would be bursting at the seams, instead of being the sorry bunch of leaches.
Just my opinion, but no matter what the man’s earthly accomplishments are, he died without Jesus Christ.
A tragic end.
After 5 years you were forced to take a sabbatical and never asked to return. I had a friend that was interviewing at Apple. When he asked about retirement benefits the interview was abruptly ended and he was told "we aren't interested in people worried about retirement". I worked for Hewlett-Packard at the time Apple sued Microsoft and HP over the "windows" interface even though Jobs stole the idea from someone else. I had Apple lawyers rifling through my filing cabinet. From everything I heard and experienced, Steven Jobs was an arrogant prick that nobody liked.
Came across this on another forum:
‘Steve Jobs never invented the Ipod - this chap did:
Kane Kramer is a serial inventor. His inventions include the technology behind the MP3 player and Monicall. He was the first to conceive the idea of downloading music, data and video down telephone lines in 1979 when he was 23 and patented it with James Campbell who was 21. Together they went on to pioneer digital recording and built the world’s first solid state digital recorder/players.
Apple didn’t invent the first digital music player:
The SaeHan Information Systems MPMan, which debuted in Asia in March 1998, was the first mass-produced portable solid state digital audio player.
The South Korean device was first imported for sale in North America by Michael Robertson’s Z Company in mid-1998. Around the same time, Eiger Labs, Inc. imported and rebranded the player in two models, the Eiger MPMan F10, and Eiger MPMan F20.
The Eiger MPMan F10 was a very basic unit and wasn’t user expandable, though owners could upgrade the memory from 32MB to 64MB by sending the player back to Eiger Labs with a check for $69 + $7.95 shipping. Measuring at 91 mm tall by 70 mm wide by 16.5 mm thick and weighing a little over 2 oz, it was very compact.
The Eiger MPMan F20 was a similar model that used 3.3v SmartMedia cards for expansion, and ran on a single AA battery, instead of rechargeable NiMH batteries.
The Iphone wasn’t invented by Apple neither. Been around in the 1990s.
The first smartphone was the IBM Simon; it was designed in 1992 and shown as a concept product that year at COMDEX, the computer industry trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was released to the public in 1993 and sold by BellSouth. Besides being a mobile phone, it also contained a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail client, the ability to send and receive faxes, and games. It had no physical buttons, instead customers used a touchscreen to select telephone numbers with a finger or create facsimiles and memos with an optional stylus. Text was entered with a unique on-screen “predictive” keyboard. By today’s standards, the Simon would be a fairly low-end product, lacking a camera and the ability to download third-party applications. However, its feature set at the time was highly advanced.
The Nokia Communicator line was the first of Nokia’s smartphones starting with the Nokia 9000, released in 1996. This distinctive palmtop computer style smartphone was the result of a collaborative effort of an early successful and costly personal digital assistant (PDA) by Hewlett-Packard combined with Nokia’s bestselling phone around that time, and early prototype models had the two devices fixed via a hinge. The communicators are characterized by clamshell design, with a feature phone display, keyboard and user interface on top of the phone, and a physical QWERTY keyboard, high-resolution display of at least 640x200 pixels and PDA user interface under the door. The software was based on the GEOS V3.0 operating system, featuring email communication and text-based web browsing. In 1998, it was followed by Nokia 9110, and in 2000 by Nokia 9110i, with improved web browsing capability.
In 1997 the term ‘smartphone’ was used for the first time when Ericsson unveiled the concept phone GS88, the first device labelled as ‘smartphone’.
Jobs and Apple didn’t invent the PC mouse:
The trackball was invented by Tom Cranston, Fred Longstaff and Kenyon Taylor working on the Royal Canadian Navy’s DATAR project in 1952. It used a standard Canadian five-pin bowling ball. It was not patented, as it was a secret military project.
Independently, Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute invented the first mouse prototype in 1963, with the assistance of his colleague Bill English. They christened the device the mouse as early models had a cord attached to the rear part of the device looking like a tail and generally resembling the common mouse. Engelbart never received any royalties for it, as his patent ran out before it became widely used in personal computers.
The invention of the mouse was just a small part of Engelbart’s much larger project, aimed at augmenting human intellect.
Apple and Jobs didn’t invent touch screen technology used by smartphones and Ipads:
The first touch screen was a capacitive touch screen developed by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK. The inventor briefly described his work in a short article published in 1965 and then more fully - along with photographs and diagrams - in an article published in 1967.
So he wasn’t that much of a visionary after all.’
Apple admit Briton DID invent iPod, but he’s still not getting any money
‘Apple has finally admitted that a British man who left school at 15 is the inventor behind the iPod.
Kane Kramer, 52, came up with the technology that drives the digital music player nearly 30 years ago but has still not seen a penny from his invention.
And the father of three had to sell his home last year and move his family to rented accommodation after closing his struggling furniture business .
Now documents filed by Apple in a court case show the US firm acknowledges him as the father of the iPod.
The computer giant even flew Mr Kramer to its Californian headquarters to give evidence in its defence during a legal wrangle with another firm, Burst.com, which claimed it held patents to technology in the iPod and deserved a cut of Apples £89billion profits.
Two years ago, Mr Kramer told this newspaper how he had invented and built the device in 1979 when he was just 23.
His invention, called the IXI, stored only 3.5 minutes of music on to a chip but Mr Kramer rightly believed its capacity would improve.
His sketches at the time showed a credit-card-sized player with a rectangular screen and a central menu button to scroll through a selection of music tracks very similar to the iPod.
He took out a worldwide patent and set up a company to develop the idea. But in 1988, after a boardroom split, he was unable to raise the £60,000 needed to renew patents across 120 countries and the technology became public property.