As the iPhone 5 rolls out – I am reminded of the early days – Waz and Jobs – 1976

As the iPhone 5 rolls out – I am reminded of the early days – Waz and Jobs – 1976 

 

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 Excerpt from Wiki on Apple…

 

 

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had been friends for some time, having met in 1971, when their mutual friend, Bill Fernandez, introduced 21-year-old Wozniak to 16-year-old Jobs. Jobs managed to interest Wozniak in assembling a machine and selling it.

Jobs approached a local computer store, The Byte Shop, who said they would be interested in the machine, but only if it came fully assembled. The owner, Paul Terrell, went further, saying he would order 50 of the machines and pay US $500 ($2.04 thousand in present-day terms[2]) each on delivery.[3] Jobs then took the purchase order that he had been given from the Byte Shop to Cramer Electronics, a national electronic parts distributor, and ordered the components he needed to assemble the Apple I Computer. The local credit manager asked Jobs how he was going to pay for the parts and he replied, “I have this purchase order from the Byte Shop chain of computer stores for 50 of my computers and the payment terms are COD. If you give me the parts on a net 30 day terms I can build and deliver the computers in that time frame, collect my money from Terrell at the Byte Shop and pay you.”[4]

With that, the credit manager called Paul Terrell who was attending an IEEE computer conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove and verified the validity of the purchase order. Amazed at the tenacity of Jobs, Terrell assured the credit manager if the computers showed up in his stores Jobs would be paid and would have more than enough money to pay for the parts order. The two Steves and their small crew spent day and night building and testing the computers and delivered to Terrell on time to pay his suppliers and have a tidy profit left over for their celebration and next order. Steve Jobs had found a way to finance his soon-to-be multimillion-dollar company without giving away one share of stock or ownership.

The machine had only a few notable features. One was the use of a TV as the display system, whereas many machines had no display at all. This was not like the displays of later machines, however; text was displayed at a terribly slow 60 characters per second. However, this was still faster than the teleprinters used on contemporary machines of that era. The Apple I also included bootstrap code on ROM, which made it easier to start up. Finally, at the insistence of Paul Terrell, Wozniak also designed a cassette interface for loading and saving programs, at the then-rapid pace of 1200 bit/s. Although the machine was fairly simple, it was nevertheless a masterpiece of design, using far fewer parts than anything in its class, and quickly earning Wozniak a reputation as a master designer.

Joined by another friend, Ronald Wayne, the three started to build the machines. Using a variety of methods, including borrowing space from friends and family, selling various prized items (likecalculators and a VW bus) and scrounging, Jobs managed to secure the parts needed while Wozniak and Wayne assembled them. But the owner of the Byte Shop was expecting complete computers, not just printed circuit boards. The boards still being a product for the customers Terrell still paid them.[5] Eventually 200 of the Apple I’s were built.

 

Will #Apple and #Amazon merge? #Digital #disruption becoming expected.

Will Apple and Amazon merge? (Considered in the EPIC 2020 video) Who and what will Google own in the future?

Digital disruption is becoming expected and the future is sure to be dramatically different in the next 5-10 years.

Disruption: To start us off – if you have not yet viewed Mary Meeker’s slideshow – it is a must!

Thanks to Getelastic for this graph. 

Connected-devices

 

In Education: Here are just a few to consider.

MIT, Khan Academy Partner on Instructional Videos

Michigan Program provides new learning exprience.

Stanford Experiment in WIRED

YouTube launches Education Tube

TED Talks releases Ted Ed beta

And a great visual from Visual.ly

 

and I would now add a few more

http://www.udacity.com/

https://www.coursera.org/

 

For Entertainment: Where do we begin? 

http://www.apple.com/itunes/

netflix.com/

http://www.hulu.com/

http://www.youtube.com/

https://play.google.com/store

and the list goes on…

 

Technology: Here again – the list of technology aspects that are constantly being disrupted is remarkable. Will we need Microsoft of Adobe [creative suite] and others  if Google offers numerous apps for little to no fee with auto-updates via the cloud.

With this in mind – I would say that Cloud Computing is one of the key components going forward that will fundamentally change the way technology lives and by default – how we live.

Enjoy this: http://itechfuture.com/

Still waiting for us to all be flying around with jet-packs!

 

All for now.