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Steve Jobs Some Personal Memories

Steve Jobs Some Personal Memories

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Published by Kal Korff
Kal Korff writes an editorial which was published in the press about how he met Steve Jobs and because of this event, changed careers and got into computing and software design, working for Apple/Claris on two different occasions for a total of 7.5 years.
Kal Korff writes an editorial which was published in the press about how he met Steve Jobs and because of this event, changed careers and got into computing and software design, working for Apple/Claris on two different occasions for a total of 7.5 years.

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Steve Jobs: Some Personal Memories
by Kal K. Korff
Internationally Syndicated Copyright © 2011 by Kal K. Korff - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

“Steve Jobs is dead,” my wife woke me from my sleep to tell me. There was no getting back to sleep after that. I had the rare honour of working for Apple and its software subsidiary, Claris, for over seven years. In that time, there were instances when I worked closely with Steve Jobs. It was in 1976 that Jobs started Apple in a garage. He was the son of unmarried parents, who had given him up for adoption. He grew up in California, never met his biological father, though in later years he interacted with his mother and biological sister, writer Mona Simpson. I first met Jobs when I was at Apple the first time. I was in security, my job was to protect him and Apple’s assets. Back then, the company was working on a brand new ‘computer for the rest of us,’ called Macintosh. Jobs predicted with supreme confidence that it would ‘change the world’. The Mac, like Jobs himself, was eerily ahead of its time. It was the first computer to solidify the use of a mouse, pull-down menus and point-and-click. It was the first to make 3.5 inch floppy disks an industry standard. It ran desktop video known as QuickTime (I worked on the QuickTime project) and of course included a CD-ROM player. Microsoft copied Mac’s interface 11 years later, with the launch of Windows 95. It was the Mac that made Internet possible. Apple invented the hyperlink, for which they also own the patent. When you click on a link to go somewhere on the Web, you can thank Apple for this feature. They could charge money for their invention, but they don’t.

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The http:/www.whatever.com protocol which powers the Web owes its existence to Apple’s HyperCard software project, which allowed people to link information with one click of the mouse. Tim Berners Lee used HyperCard and another invention of Steve Jobs’, the NeXT computer, to create the world’s first http server. I had the great honour of working on the HyperCard project, as both a Product Lead and its only Stack Engineer. Because it was “the Internet” before there was an Internet, a large half page newspaper article showcased it and my work in the San Jose Mercury News in 1988. When I first met Steve Jobs, I was assigned to security for him and the Macintosh project. I was present when the Mac was launched, and I knew immediately that I would leave the field of security and my planned career in law enforcement and switch over to Computing and Information Technology. Steve Jobs proudly told everyone at Apple that we were part of a special team which “worked to make a dent in the universe!” I last saw Jobs in 2002 in San Francisco at MacWorld when the iMac G4 “Flower Mac” was released. After telling me he wanted to look around Apple’s showcase booth for a few minutes, he posed for pictures. I took some and he was as gracious as ever. He will be deeply, sorely missed. 1.0v1 Oct 6, 2011 Kal K. Korff is an internationally officially accredited author, columnist and investigative journalist.

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Copyright © 2011 by Kal K. Korff - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No part of this content may be reproduced in any form nor by any means without the express, written consent of Kal Korff. “Fair use,” does NOT apply. By reading this document, you willingly agree to be legally bound by its terms and conditions. Violators of this policy will have a felony DMCA Copyright infringement notice filed against them with law enforcement. First time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty increases to a fine of $1,000,000, imprisonment for up to ten years, or both. This is a DMCA protected document, illegal copying and/or reproduction of its contents are tracked on the Internet and reported to law enforcement for felony prosecution.

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