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The Big Story

STEVE JOBS The man who changed the world By Maarten Hoffmann


here are many things that could be said to have changed the way we live - penicillin, electricity, oil, the internal combustion engine, and I could go on, of course, but within this generation, it would have to be the Internet and Apple. The Internet, or World-Wide Web, was a British invention by Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, who implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet in November 1989. Before then, we were mailing letters written on a typewriter, telephoning each other and getting a bit excited about telex.

Things changed for Jobs in the 1970’s when he got stoned for the first time and discovered Bob Dylan, Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas.

The Internet is a passive invention that sits there waiting to be utilised, and IBM, Amstrad and Microsoft all entered the race to be the machinery of choice for the generation that woke up to what the Internet could actually do. Only the visionaries Steve Jobs and Bill Gates really saw the power that could be unleashed, but only Jobs realised that there was much more besides the computer that could come on-stream and that would truly revolutionise our lives in the areas of personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablets and digital publishing.

Born in 1955, Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs and lived in Germantown, Wisconsin. His biological parents, Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble gave Jobs up for adoption in 1954 and, later, Jobs would become upset when they were referred to as his ‘adoptive parents,’ and he would say that “they are my parents 1,000%” (demonstrating an odd misunderstanding of mathematic principles) and



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