I take for granted the changes in my life that has come at the had of Steve Jobs. I can do my work from any office or home that has a computer. I can sit on the coach with my laptop and connect with people. While standing in line at the grocery store I can surf the web. Waiting for my number to be called at DMV I can play games and download new apps. I am able to look for places around me, get directions to my destination, and order things online as I travel. I can now work from anywhere at anytime thanks to Steve Jobs and his idea to create personal computers.
Today Jobs has stepped down as CEO with an undisclosed medical illness. I am sure I am not alone in wanting to wish him a speedy recovery and thank him for his efforts in expanding our technology through the years.
Steven Jobs was born February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, and in 1961 his family moved to Mountain View, California. He loved electronics and spent a lot of time working in the garage workshop of a neighbor who worked at Hewlett-Packard as an electronics manufacturer. Jobs enrolled in the Hewlett-Packard Explorer Club at the age of twelve and was introduced to his first computer. While in high school Jobs attended lectures at the Hewlett-Packard plant. On one occasion he boldly asked William Hewlett , the president, for some parts he needed to complete a class project. Hewlett was so impressed he gave Jobs the parts, and offered him a summer internship at Hewlett-Packard.
1972 Graduated from high school and enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon
1974 Dropped out of college to visit India and study eastern religions
1975 Joined a group known as the Homebrew Computer Club
1976 Joined club member Steve Wozniak to form a company designed to make personal home computers called The Apple Computer Company
1976 Sold circuit boards (the boards that hold the internal components of a computer) while they worked on the computer prototype
1977 The Apple II had first year sales of $2.7 million.
1980 The company’s sales grew to $200 million within three years.
1984 Apple introduced the Macintosh with small pictures called icons. It did not sell well because it didn’t provide high quality printing.
1985 Jobs resigned from his company, though he retained his title as chairman of its board of directors.
1986 He purchased Pixar from filmmaker George Lucas and created Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, etc.
1988 He hired some former employers to create a company called NeXt.
1988 The NeXT computer was introduced that everyone loved but it was too costly and could not link to other computers
1996 Apple purchased NeXT Software for over $400 million and Jobs returned to Apple as a part-time consultant to the CEO
1997 Apple entered into a partnership with its competitor Microsoft.
1998 The IMac was introduced which featured a powerful computer at an affordable price.
1999 The IBook was unveiled.
2000 Jobs became the permanent CEO of Apple with the IPod, IPhone and IPads following.
2004 Jobs was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his pancreas.
2009 Jobs underwent a liver transplant.
2011 January, Jobs went on a medical leave and operations were handed over to Tim Cook
August 25, 2011 Steve Jobs steps down as CEO but says he will remain a presence in the company.