What were Steve Jobs and Bill Gates up to in the '80s?

You may or may not have fond memories of the eighties, or none at all. Whether you remember Bob Marley and John Lennon passing away, the launch of MTV or punk rock and dodgy hair perms, what you might not remember is what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were up to.

In the early 1980s, Steve Jobs was one of the first to envision the use of a mouse driven GUI which led to the creation of the Macintosh. In 1982 Jobs was single. "All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had,” said Jobs and photographer Diana Walker captured this exact moment:

Conversely, Bill Gates was hired by IBM in the early '80s to create an operating system for a new PC. Gates went on to create MSDOS and eventually introduce the first version of Windows in 1985, priced at $100. Instead of sitting in a dark room with a cup of tea and a light, Gates was pictured sprawled all over a Windows 1.0 PC.

Of course if they weren't busy building PCs or software then they were playing the Macintosh software dating game, yikes. Who's more successful though and does a picture speak a thousand words?

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Sky Black said,
I recently watched Pirates of Silicon Valley, which tells the story of most of this =] really good film

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168122/


You beat me to this. That movie is completely awesome. Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. From their respective cast-offs from school to Jobs' firing from Apple, with a post-script ending on Microsoft's "investment" in Apple where Bill Gates appeared during one of Steve Jobs' keynotes.

Jobs is a habbitual liar who denied his own daughter's existance, lied to his board of directors about his health and treats his customers like scum...

njlouch said,
Jobs is a habbitual liar who denied his own daughter's existance, lied to his board of directors about his health and treats his customers like scum...

How does that affect you?

njlouch said,
Jobs is a habbitual liar who denied his own daughter's existance, lied to his board of directors about his health and treats his customers like scum...

How does this make you feel?...

Fubar said,

How does this make you feel?...


How should it make me feel? It sours me against the person, who I also am not a fan of as a CEO of Apple, but I still buy his products. Why?

This was the second time I read this article and I still don't get its message or the primary goal or, is it just a FYI? [Of course, the first time was before it was edited with the YouTube video]
Are we trying to 'evaluate' two men, who DEFINITELY changed the computing history, based on 30-year-old photographs which by the way contrast a lot. Why not using this one http://bit.ly/c84K9y ?

jbrooksuk said,
In that picture, Bill looks like he's not slept in weeks.

He probably hadn't, he was too busy dreaming of the Windows registry leading up to the release of Windows 1.0

Tom W said,

He probably hadn't, he was too busy dreaming of the Windows registry leading up to the release of Windows 1.0

FAIL! The registry cames years later with Windows 3.1!

MFH said,

FAIL! The registry cames years later with Windows 3.1!

I know, that's why I said he was dreaming of it just before releasing 1.0 Put your glasses on, FAIL.

sanctified said,
I've always loved that Jobs picture.
Likewise. Really nice photo of his early days. Bill on the other hand..

Steve jobs didn't have an epifany and just invent the Mouse driven GUI. He and a bunch of enginners were shown that and other now mainstream technologies by on the Alto by Xerox at PARC, so actually they got their first.

To Quote Steve himself

“They showed me really three things,” Jobs said. “But I was so blinded by the first one I didn't even really see the other two. One of the things they showed me was object- orienting programming… but I didn't even see that. The other one… was a networked computer system...they had over a hundred Alto computers all networked using email…I didn't even see that. I was so blinded by the first thing they showed me, which was the graphical user interface. I thought it was the best thing I'd ever seen in my life… They had the germ of the idea… and they'd done it very well and within 10 minutes it was obvious to me that all computers would work like this some day.”

The Alto also used a mouse, a variation of the first mechanical pointing device designed by Doug Englebart of the Stanford Research Institute in 1963

mrmckeb said,
I'm pretty sure that Jobs didn't envision the mouse-driven GUI.

to me fair he is moving farther away from it with all their touchscreen stuff

mrmckeb said,
I'm pretty sure that Jobs didn't envision the mouse-driven GUI.

No. But he was the first to make it magical. :-P

da00 said,

XEROX was first.

This. I hate how Apple and their fan boys love to lay claim to things like that. As has been pointed out a million times, they take other people's ideas and make them slightly prettier and put amazing advertising campaigns behind them to make them successful. (iPad is a prime example of this).

Big Daddy Cool said,
Looks like Jobs got more Girls than Billy boy ever did

ya and while jobs is counting his herpes scars billy boy is counting his billions. Maybe jobs got the "your holding it wrong" slogan from telling one of the girls eh

Who's more successful?
The man who went on to build an empire with billions of users of his software. not to mention one-time richest man in the world!