Over the past fourty years, the computer industry has taken fantastic leaps and bounds to where it
is today. One of the most influential people during this time was Steve Jobs. Not only was Jobs
an integral part of the rise in personal computing, but he was an excellent motivator for those
working under him and those inspiring to be like him.
Job's introduction to computers was through a summer job at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto,
California. Here, Jobs met Steve Wozniak, an electronics guru. Although both Jobs and Wozniak
were both extremely talented, they dropped out of their respected colleges soon after meeting.
[Halliday, 1983, p. 205]
When Jobs turned 21, he got together with Wozniak and told him his idea of a personal, userfriendly, home computer. Wozniak's job, being the electronics guru that he was, was to help Jobs
design and build this dream. In 1976, the Apple I was released. Within one year, the Apple II was
released. The Apple II had built-in circuitry allowing it to interface directly to a color video
monitor. Jobs encouraged independent programmers to invent applications for Apple II. The
result was a library of some 16,000 software programs. [Halliday, 1983, p. 206] Jobs' dream of a
personal computer had become a reality and with it motivated others to design software.
Jobs' innovative ideas of user-friendly software for the Macintosh changed the design and
functionality of software interfaces created for computers. The Macintosh's interface allowed
people to interact easier with computers, because they used a mouse to click on objects displayed
on the screen to perform some function. The Macintosh got rid of the computer command lines
that intimidated people from using computers.
Over the past seven years of Apple's creation, Jobs had created a strong productive company with
a growth curve like a straight line North with no serious competitors. From 1978 to 1983,