Steve Jobs and Apple: A life

  • Steve Jobs and Apple: A life

    FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands in front of a photo of himself, right, and Steve Wozniak, left, during an Apple event in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company's chief operating officer. It said Jobs has been elected as Apple's chairman. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file) Paul Sakuma

    Jobs meets Woz

    In 1971, Steve Jobs met genius computer engineer Steve Wozniak, who had dropped out of college to work for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). Jobs was outgoing, Wozniak painfully shy. But the two had plenty in common -- they had both learned about electronics from their fathers and loved pulling pranks.

    In fat, their first business venture was selling illegal "blue boxes," which let people make free long-distance telephone calls. Jobs would later look back at the "magical" experience of teenagers building a device from $100 worth of parts that could control massive telephone networks.

    "Experiences like that taught us the power of ideas," he said in a video interview for the 1998 documentary, Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance. "If we hadn't have made blue boxes, there would have been no Apple."

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