Steve Jobs – The Master Evangelist Of The Digital Age

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

– Steve Jobs

SteveJobsSteven Paul Jobs popularly known as Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, Californian on February 24, 1955. Today, he is known as the Father of digital revolution. He is listed as the inventor and co-inventor of the 342 United States patents. Steve died on Oct. 5, 2011 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Steve’s parents were both graduate students who opted to give up their son for adaptation as their parents did not agree to let them marry. He was then adopted at birth to a kind couple named Clara and Paul Jobs. In his early age, Steve’s mother taught him how to read before he even enters school.

His father on the other hand works on electronics at their family’s garage primarily dismantling and reassembling radios, stereos and televisions.

During his elementary days, Steve was bored and frustrated over formal schooling thus he often plays pranks on others. In his fourth grade, he took a test and scored high with that of a high school sophomore level. In college, he joined Reed College in Oregon but after six months he dropped out. He remained at Reed and joined the classes he is more interested in. He lives with his friends and slept on the floors of their rooms and eats at Hare Krishna temple. Eventually, he became Buddhist.

Calligraphy was one of the greatest interests of Steve and he enjoyed his calligraphy class. This heightens his interest in design and his biggest influence in designing elegant fonts styles on Apple computers. He described his first computer terminal as something he has completely fallen in love with.

In the year 1970, Steve was being introduced by his friend to Steve Wozniak. Although, Wozniak was about five years older than Steve Jobs both of them shared the same love for electronics, pranks and Bob Dylan. Together they built Apple I and II computers. Wozniak was the one responsible for electronics while Steve focused his attention on the design.

The first personal computer that is color graphics capable was the Apple II. Eventually, Steve insisted that Apple should design both the hardware and the software for apple products. The Apple’s first logo was a picture of Sir Isaac Newton sitting beneath an apple tree. The second was the rainbow striped apple with a bite on the side. The rainbow stripes denote that the Apple II is capable of colored graphics.

The logo was changed to a single colored apple in 1997 and changes overtime.

In 1984, Steve launched the first Macintosh that changed not just Apple but the entire computer industry. Macintosh has an interface that is more user-friendly.

Fast forward, another significant leap for Apple when they launched the first Apple iPod. Again, it was a breakthrough that did not just change how people listen to music; it also changed the whole music industry. Then, Apple released different products starting from MacBook, iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPad and iPhone. Furthermore, Steve bought Lucasfilm and started an animation studio called Pixar Animation Studios where he let his animators continue his legendary sophistication in detail and design.

Affirmation for today:

I think ‘different'!