Geek Of The Week: Steve Jobs

Geek Of The Week: Steve Jobs

When it comes to iconic IT geeks, 4 come to mind immediately: Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Linus Torvalds, (all of which are previous GOTWs) and, this week’s geek, the legendary Steve Jobs.

This charismatic Silicon Valley billionaire probably needs no introduction, but is commonly known as Apple employee #0. He and Steve Wozniak (along with Mike Makula) founded Apple Computer in 1976. Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985, and later returned as CEO in 1998 (a position he has held since at an annual salary of $1).

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Jobs w/Wozniak in the early-80’s

In the interim years, Jobs started NeXT (a computer company that made high end computing machines for the educational market). The NeXTSTEP operating system is highly respected to this day, but never had any widespread success due to the fact that educational markets refused to pay a premium for technology. Still, it rivals modern operating systems for its ease of use. It was far ahead of its time!

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NeXTSTEP screenshot circa 1989

In 1986, Jobs also purchased a company called Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) from George Lucas. This company quickly became known as Pixar, and underwent several growing pains before the release of Toy Story in 1995. It was this move, not Apple or NeXT, that put Steve Jobs on the map. He was the first geek to make the leap from Silicon Valley to Hollywood.

Jobs currently occupies a seat on the Disney board and is credited with Apple’s “second coming.” Under Jobs leadership, Apple has released successes like the iMac, the iPod, iTunes, iLife, and the iPhone. In 2004, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has since spent a lot of time and energy battling this disease. He underwent a liver transplant in 2009 and has since be fairing quite well. Geek Trio wishes him the best and throws a snappy salute to Mr. Jobs. You deserve it!

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.