Past and Present Geek Heroes: 8 Innovators and Legends

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nightfly

He may look like a geek, but he's a businessman. Windows isn't the most used OS because it's engineered so wonderfully and works so perfectly; it's the most used OS because it was marketing savvy that got it there. Rather than fix their broken code, they'd rather add bells and whistles and sell more product, and quality be damned. Want even more proof? Try to access your own folders in Win 7 even if you're in the administrator group. 'Access denied'. Microsoft's erratically behaving software has cost me weeks out of my life fixing problems.

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Drew7

My disclaimer; I am a digital artist. I am a gamer. I am a geek to the max. I can build a system, trouble-shoot, and I am a "PC" guy all the way. I cannot STAND Apple. And the ONLY reason I can't stand Apple is simply because they are too "proprietary" and over-priced. HOWEVER~ In this article... YOU, MaximumPC, have DENIED STEVE JOBS. How dare you. As a "PC" guy, myself... As someone who doesn't really care for Apple, himself... YOU, MaximumPC, have f*cked-up royally. STEVE JOBS should have been "Number 1" here. I may be betraying my "PC Bretheren" here, but fact is fact~ Mr. Bill Gates would NOT be on this list WHAT-SO-EVER without Mr. Steve Jobs. I hate to say it, but... I am actually VERY ashamed of you, MaximumPC. Shame on you... You're GROUNDED. I'll be seeking OTHER PC magazines for my input for a while. Bad MaximumPC... BAD! ~Drew Henry

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Caboose

Cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it.

Can you tell me one thing, that Steve "The Almighty" Jobs invented. He was a marketing guru. That's it.

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LatiosXT

Steve Jobs wasn't an inventor or an innovator, he was a business development person. Can anyone who wants Steve Jobs up there even tell me who designed most of Apple's products?

Though I am sad Dennis Ritchie's not on there.

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Conal_keaney

I also agree that Ritchie should be on this list. Enough of these Steve Jobs fools. 

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marcoshid

I've seen some of Khan's videos and I must say the're pretty good, they've helped a lot. That being said it's pretty cool knowing some info on the guy.

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lhatten

Enough with Jobs!

One person who I think should be on the list is Richard Feynman.  If you have not read "Surely you're Joking, Mr. Feynman:" or "Six Easy Pieces:", do yourself a favor & read them.  Great man!!

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davidtuerk

I dont care what anyone says, Steve should be on the list.

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Caboose

What exactly did he do? He didn't invent anything. Woz did. Jobs was a marketing guy. He could talk a good talk, and sell a Ketchup popsicle to an old woman in white gloves. That's about it!

 

What exactly did he innovate, or invent?

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quickone

No Stephen Hawking... seriously?? Or Einstein?  And as to the debate raging about Steve Jobs, yes, he was impressive but would you really put him on par with da vinci? Gates made the cut because he's giving away billions and has probably saved millions of lives.

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MastaGuy

Whatever happened to Steve Jobs.

 

Seriously, he created one of the most used portable devices and made portable gaming very popular

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Omegasupreme80

Portable gaming became popular in 1989 with the introduction of the original Game Boy.

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Conal_keaney

Please tell me you are joking. 

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0ly1r3m@1ns

steve didnt create it.... he only craeted the early apple computers after that he marketed them to underinteligent users..... dont forget most of his "inovations" are just taking ideas from otehr people and saying he made it like the mouse and gui touch pad devices....

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Geek_Mex_Boy

Yeah, you said it, the STOCKS, that doesn't mean tha he is a creative genius by any means...

 

He was very good at doing business, I'll give you that, but, creative genius... Please...

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Conal_keaney

Uh didnt Steve Wozniak create the first Apple computers? Really sad that Steve Jobs seems to get all the credit while Woz is overshadowed. I have WAY more respect for Woz than Jobs. Woz seems like the kind of guy you can sit down and have a beer and chill. 

Seriously, I really feel if it wasn't for Wozniak, Jobs wouldn't have had his early successes. 

 

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MastaGuy

Without Steve Jobs, Apple would be no be nowhere. Did you see how much Apple's stock dived when he left Apple?

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Conal_keaney

I agree with Geek_Mex_Boy. You are giving him way too much credit. He was just a good business man to me period. If you think he's a revered genius and inventor, go to Mac Life. The link is right below. 

I'm tired of this crap that Jobs "invented". They have engineers that work on this stuff not solely him. When will these "Job" references end?  

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Cregan89

 

I don't think stock makes someone a hero, geek, innovator, or legend. The difference between Steve Jobs and all the other guys in this article is that they all did something for the improvement of the world, whether through spurring innovation or just saving or improving lives. Steve Jobs did none of these. Steve Jobs made a business out of taking already existing technologies, repackaging and polishing them, and then patenting the result in an attempt to prevent any other company from building off of any innovative ideas his company may have produced. He was also a big ass hole, an idiot (his own distrust for modern medicine led to his own death, he thought an all fruit diet was a better idea than pancreatic surgery), and all he was worried about on his way out of this world was getting a few more good jabs in on former colleagues and friends, without whom he never would have been anything. Pure class.

 

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warptek2010

Big asshole indeed. I will give him credit for Apple being where it is today no doubt, but this veil of awe that surrounds this man makes me want to vomit. Firstly, all these hero worshippers hardly know the true Jobs. One of the first things he did when he came back to Apple was stop ALL charity giving including scholarships and grants. Apple became a 40 billion dollar company and he never resumed it. Wow, let's give him the Pulitzer everybody.

 

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