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Steve Jobs One Last Thing (2011 Documentary) Transcript
In this exclusive, never before seen interview, Steve Jobs gave a rare glimpse of his vision of the world.
“That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Um, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again”.
In the Los Altos suburb of San Francisco, California, just about everybody was an engineer or worked in electronics, a childhood spent here in the future Silicon Valley was the first key lucky break in Steve Jobs’ young life.
His closest childhood friend was Bill Fernandez.
“In about eighth grade, halfway through, this new guy came into the school, who was Steve Jobs, and we were both introverted, intellectual, kind of socially inept, and we gravitated towards each other”. – Bill Fernandez, User Interface Architect
The two boys shared the same hobby.
“We started taking long walks and talking about the meaning of life and what is this all about, and after a while we started doing…In addition to walking and talking…Doing electronics projects together”. (Bill Fernandez)
Fernandez also knew another electronics geek, his neighbor’s son Steve Wozniak, universally known as Woz.
“So one day, Steve Jobs bicycled over to hang out with me and do electronics projects in the garage, and out in front was Wozniak washing his car. So I thought to myself, “Okay This Steve is an electronics buddy, he’s an electronics buddy. They’d probably like to meet each other.” (Bill Fernandez)
Fernandez had no idea at the time that the meeting between his two friends would change our world. Jobs and Woz were soon to start a business together. Its name was Apple.
“If Woz and Jobs had never met, there never would have been an Apple computer. There would have been computers, and there would have been personal computers, but we probably wouldn’t have the kind of wonderful empowering things that people fall into if Woz and Jobs hadn’t met
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This neighborhood we grew up in had a lot of Lockheed engineers in it, and I would go up and down the street to the various dads on the street and get mentored in electronics, and Steve Wozniak’s father was one of the people who mentored me.
As Jobs and I were walking over, I noticed Woz out washing his car, and I said, “Hey, Woz. Um, come over and meet Steve.”
So, “Steve, meet Steve.” And this is where it happened, basically right here”. (Bill Fernandez)
Woz and Jobs became inseparable friends, but their first venture was not a computer. The pair developed an electronics kit mimicking telephone router codes to make free calls around the world.
“You know, when you make a long distance phone call in the background you hear, “do do do do do”? Those are the telephone computers actually signing each other, sending information to each other to set up your call. And there used to be a way to fool the entire telephone system into thinking you were a telephone computer.
You could, you know, call from a pay phone, go to White Plains, New York, take a satellite to Europe, take a cable to Turkey, um, come back to Los Angeles, and you’d go around the world 3 or 4 times and call the payphone next door, shout in the phone, and be about 30 seconds, it would come out the other phone”. – Steve Jobs
The pair quickly moved on from phone-jacking for fun to creating computers, building the prototype of the very first Apple.
It’s a fond memory for Steve Wozniak.
“He was always thinking about certain technology, the early products that got developed, the building parts, what those might lead to in our future, and he was always pushing me as an engineer…”Could you possibly add this someday, could you possibly add that someday?” Yes, yes, yes, I could,” thinking, “no. It’s way, way off,” but eventually we all did”.
In those early days, Woz and Jobs took their creation to the home-brew computer club, an early computer club, an early computer users’ group in Silicon Valley, where it quickly attracted attention from their peers.
“I met both Steves, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at a meeting of the home-brew computer club in Palo Alto. Our first meeting was really simple. It was in the parking lot, and I helped them unload Woz’s FIAT and carried in what I guess was the first Apple I to show it off to the assembled multitudes”. – Robert Cringely, Technology Columnist