H. English 3/ H. Am. History
2nd semester research paper
Industrialization has modernized our world for decades. Society is now blooming with advanced communications and networking technologies. Entertainment, business and education have all been revolutionized. One of the biggest contributors to modernizing the world today is the computer. For the past 30 years, computers have evolved from programming interfaces to devices that connect, create, and run businesses. Steve Jobs proved to be one of the revolutionary icons that changed the world with Apple. His company’s software not only sold computers, but also sold groundbreaking applications that shook the world. Although the world was changed by Steve’s vision, most people don’t understand how it was achieved.
Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955 by an unmarried couple who gave him up for adoption. Paul and Clara Jobs, a lower middle-class couple who lived in the Bay area, adopted Steve and settled at the Santa Clara County in California. As a young kid, Steve wasn’t really interested in school until the 4th grade. After bribing him with candies and $5 bills, Steve’s teacher interested him in education; Steve tested so well that the administrators wanted to skip him right into high school – his parents denied the proposal (allaboutstevejobs).
Now Steve’s adoptive father was a machinist who loved teaching his son how to take apart and reconstruct electronic devices (Jobs Biography). Steve Jobs continued working with his father in the family garage, until he learned how machines worked. This skill would bring confidence and mechanical expertise to Jobs, and set his path towards success (Jobs Biography).
As an intelligent and innovated thinker, Steve Jobs met a similar mind who would later become his greatest friend, Steve Wozniak (allaboutstevejobs). Jobs met Woz in 1969 and immediately became friends when they discovered their common interest for electronics (Jobs Biography).
“Typically, it was really hard for me to explain to people the kind of design stuff I worked on, but Steve got it right away. And I liked him. He was kind of skinny and wiry and full of energy. […] Steve and I got close right away, even though he was still in high school […]. We talked electronics, we talked about music we liked, and we traded stories about pranks we’d pulled.” (Steve Wozniak in iWoz).
One of their first entrepreneurial ventures was in 1972. Woz discovered in the paper that early computer hackers managed to build little devices that would fool AT&T’s long-distance switching equipment, and allow one to make calls for free. These devices were called “Blue boxes.” Woz and Steve tried to build it themselves and it worked. Steve then explored the idea of selling these devices around Woz’s campus to students who were interested. Steve and Woz soon stopped their illegal business when they were almost caught by the police (allaboutstevejobs).
After Steve Jobs graduated from high school, he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon (Jobs Biography). However, his parents could barely afford the tuition, but began using their lifesavings to pay for it; they wanted to complete the promise they made to his biological mother, to keep him in college (Jobs 71). After 6 months of lacking direction, Steve decided to drop out of Reed. Jobs didn’t believe his tuition was worth paying for classes he wasn’t even interested in (allaboutstevejobs).
“The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting,” – Jobs (Jobs 80).
Steve’s fondness of art and creativity helped him discover the calligraphy course at Reed, which developed his love for typography (Jobs Biography). This interest put him in a position between technology and art; an area which would later make his products married to elegance, great design, human touches, and even romance (Jobs 81).
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