Steve Jobs: Biography

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Steve Jobs died in early October of 2011, but not before re-inventing the personal computer, the animation film industry, the music industry, the phone industry, etc, etc.  A couple of weeks later, 60 minutes  put out this biography on man who has left his fingerprint in virtually every home in the developed world.

This biography looks at Steve Jobs’ great achievements – but also looks forward towards future uses with the tablet. For example, autistic children are making great breakthroughs by using the iPad to communicate and understand their world.

60 Minutes Talks with Walter Isaacson, the man who spent many hours with Steve Jobs in his final year: asking the hard questions in preparation for what would become his massively popular biography.

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  • Dennis

    This man was a genius! Great footage, thanks Benjy! 

  • Concepta

    Steve Jobs a genius?/? please, fantastic business man but no genius. with the greatest of respect to his achievements he neither invented the phone, music industry, personal computer or animated film industry. 

    The re-inventing of the music industry particularly grates as if i-tunes is the music industry and it could be argued he killed it and monopolised what was left of the commercial market. If he re-invented the personal computer then how come everyone doesn’t a mac and use safari? Surely a more accurate term would be he re-invented Mac

    Steve Jobs didn’t cure Cancer, he sprinkled our already obese lives with a bit of castor sugar on top.

    As a man I have huge respect for Steve Jobs, anyone that talented in their chosen industry commands respect and he personally never sought the limelight. 

    • Someguy

      He deserves no respect. The world is becoming full of people like him. Just because that is so, doesn’t make the kinds of actions people like him are responsible for. The only thing Steve Jobs reinvented was the art of greed and the false need of shitty techno gadgets that further us from actually being people and human. On top of all that, there is something like 1.7 – 2 billion electronic devices being discarded in landfills everyday. Almost half of that is just apple products that cant be fixed like Ipods, Iphones, their notebooks, and now their stupid Ipads. All of which cant have their batteries replaced unless you’re fortunate enough to have an electronics lab stocked with highly trained techs. So people just throw them away and them go give their hard earned money back to ol’greedy Steve.

      • THE_RATIONAL_OPTIMIST

        I agree about people being dumb with just throwing out good recycled hardware. JOBS has left a legacy needed by people creating more and more sound tech. His legacy will mostly be respected. The tech industry remains in its infancy and JOBS brought it into the teens. People in the USA and around the world please recycle your old computers properly. Jobs was brilliant at marrying marketing and a new tech product. Period. I don’t believe he was genius but he was an original, ingenius and motivated thinker in an age where we see an object working and do not really understand it at all. We, the people, have become dumb due to the ease with which we obtain an object. Take apart your old MAC or laptop before you go to recycle it and learn about the different components. If it is a mystery to you make it a learning experience. JOBS is an example of a great, creative thinker that used WOZ’s technical expertise to produce a highly useable and somewhat friendly TECH TOOL of good for the world. Use the tool he envisioned well. Creation does conceive more creation. APPLE was an original idea brought to fruition. Please do not downplay or criticize its importance. It is a tool that all can utilize as the wheel was 1000s of years ago or the airplane 100 years ago. This is all.

    • Dennis

       Oh, please. The man is a genius. He is behind Pixar: my favourite movies. He is behind the iPhone: my favourite gadget. He is behind my Mac: my favourite computer. If you don’t like technology, get off the internet! His genius is that he wasn’t gifted in electronics or engineering: his genius was in his sheer vision and ability to get the best out of people. Hey, did you know that he skipped TWO grades as a child? I mean, who does that?

      • Concepta

         “his genius was in his sheer vision and ability to get the best out of people.” SOunds like you could be describing someone in middle management. Sorry Dennis as i said, great businessman but no genius.
         Albert Einstein struggled in school and was told  he would amount to nothing…….

        • Concepta

          http://documentarystorm.com/everything-is-a-remix/
          check this little series of excellent short episode documentaries. Pay particular attention to parts 3 and 4

        • Dennis

           It depends how you classify a genius. Maybe, you only think scientists deserve that label? Would you call Bob Dylan a genius? He ripped off most of what he did – but in a ‘brilliant’ – possibly ‘genius’ way. I think that Steve Jobs is a genius because he is the man behind the most loved animation company working today, the world’s most loved music listening device (ipod), the world’s most loved phone, the world’s most loved iPad type device, arguably the world’s most loved computers…and he did this more than once in a his career. Apple was weeks away from bankruptcy when he came back. Jobs wasn’t a good person: he may even be an ‘evil genius,’ but I think he is a genius. Just my opinion. It’s hard to deny the impact Apple has had on our lives. Many people spend more time on their Apple products than talking to their families. Is this a good thing? Well, my last example is tragic. But, his impact is without question and his role in these creations is pretty clear. Agree to disagree? :)

          • Dave

             You’re a fucking retard. Steve Jobs has nothing to do with Pixar except for the fact they use Macs for the digital animating.

            • Dennis

               First of all, calling me a retard makes you sound like a….well, you get the point.

              Second of all, Steve Jobs had nothing to do with Pixar? Interesting, because Steve Jobs founded Pixar (after buying the division off of George Lucas) and Steve Jobs served as Pixar’s CEO up until he sold the company to Disney in 2006. He served on the Board until his death. Steve Jobs used his own money to keep Pixar afloat until Toy Story came out. “Steve Jobs had nothing to do with Pixar.” Do you want to take that back? :P

      • Gerry

         He did not invent or have anything to do with Pixar. Pixar was the birth-child of The Graphics Group which was a subdivision of Lucasfilms. Now it’s owned by Disney. You’re obviously one of the sheep that buys their world polluting tech, but it apparently doesn’t keep you informed. Big deal, so he can read a text book and regurgitate it. That doesn’t make anybody smart. He’s a greedy American that rapes the planet for his own financial gain.

        There will be a time in the not-so-distant future where we will look back at such people as the true criminals that they are.

        • Dennis

           Steve Jobs had nothing to do with Pixar? Interesting, because Steve Jobs
          founded Pixar (after buying the division off of George Lucas) and Steve
          Jobs served as Pixar’s CEO up until he sold the company to Disney in
          2006. He served on the Board until his death. Steve Jobs used his own
          money to keep Pixar afloat until Toy Story came out

    • yyyy

      like you could make a phone

  • Someguy

    The guy is a retarded, greedy piece of crap. He alone is guilty of more electronic waste being created by the terribly greedy design of his crappy technology. Apple products suck. They always have. People are sheep and believe they are told this is good technology and they buy it up like crack. Come on, Ipods that cant replace the battery without insane costs? All of their tech is based upon the idea that you will always have to replace your crap because its designed to last a limited amount of time and can only be repaired by them. He is a terrible human being and the utmost example of greed and what happens to you when you are greedy. Enjoy that cancer you fucking prick! Rot in pieces.

  • Bruce

    The man was a genius. If you have worked in the IT industry you know the different roles that exist to make things happen. You have programmers and architects, and Steve was the ultimate process and usability designer. He was in touch with what people wanted. I was dreaming about the iPhone before it came out – I wanted a PDA that also functioned well as a phone but coul not find it anywhere. Then Erikson came out with something that was kinda almost there but not, and then came the iPhone… It was perfection!!

    But yes I have een frustrated that I have had to turn my kitchen tabe into an electronics repair shop to replace my own broken screens and tired batteries, but am still running on my first phone. Apple should indeed be better here as should every other manufacturer that builds in redundency – which is just about everyone.

    My first words when I first saw Windows was: Hey, its just like a Mac. Apple has always set the pace and everyone else has followed them And Steve Jobs vision was instrumental to that. And now the world is copying the iPhone and the iPad.

    Someone was first and that someone was Steve Jobs.

    • trinity

      you are so true like who can be as popular as him

  • THE_RATIONAL_OPTIMIST

    THE_RATIONAL_OPTIMIST Someguy•13 minutes ago

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    I agree about people being dumb with just throwing out good hardware that should always be recycled. JOBS has left a legacy needed by people creating more and more sound tech. His legacy will mostly be respected. The tech industry remains in its infancy and JOBS brought it into the teens. People in the USA and around the world please recycle your old computers properly. Jobs was brilliant at marrying marketing and a new tech product. Period. I don’t believe he was genius but he was an original, ingenius and motivated thinker in an age where we see an object working and do not really understand it at all. We, the people, have become dumb due to the ease with which we obtain an object. Take apart your old MAC or laptop safely before you go to recycle it and learn about the different components. If the computer is a mystery to you make it a learning experience. JOBS is an example of a great, creative thinker that used WOZ’s technical expertise to produce a highly useable and somewhat friendly TECH TOOL of good for the world. The west coast at that time had a special energy going from unrealitic hippie to idealistic tech guys. It was awesome and this is their baby from such freedoms.This is rare and extremely successful when energy from the A and B side of the brain WORK TOGETHER. (We have to see Washington and other unions start WORKING TOGETHER for the better of the country too.)Use the tool he envisioned well. Do not vilify the creators for being successful. This is wrong. Enjoy them. Creation does conceive more creation. APPLE was an original idea brought to fruition. Period. Please do not downplay or criticize its importance. It is a tool that all can utilize as the wheel was 1000s of years ago or the airplane 100 years ago. PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR COMPUTERS! In some cases you can get money back if you do.

  • brookin

    i like his ideas

  • brookin

    did he find his parnets

    • bor

      yaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssss

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