Computer History Museum launches online Steve Jobs exhibit

John Mello
7 December, 2011
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The Computer History Museum launched an online exhibit about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yesterday.

The exhibit, titled “Steve Jobs: From Garage to World’s Most Valuable Company,” features photos and descriptions of objects from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as vintage Steve Jobs video footage.

Particularly interesting is a 22-minute 1980 video of Jobs talking about the early days of Apple. At one point during the video, after citing some examples of how Apple computers were being used in schools and in agriculture, Jobs confesses he and Steve Wozniak “had absolutely no idea what people were going to do with these things when we started out. As a matter of fact, the two people it was designed for was Woz and myself because we couldn’t afford to buy a computer kit on the market.”

“In Jobs’ own words, we hear how luck as well as skill played big roles in Apple’s founding,” the museum’s senior curator Dag Spicer said in a statement. “We also see how focused, articulate and convincing Jobs could be, even at this early stage.”

The exhibit tells the story of Jobs’ life through pictures, and also lets you see historic documents (such as one of the newsletters of Jobs and Wozniak’s famed Homebrew Computer Club). You can also look through confidential memorandum outlining Apple’s public offering plans, as well as its original business plan for the Macintosh.

If you haven’t learned enough about Steve Jobs, especially with the release of his biography, there are some gems in this exhibit that will make the one-click trip worthwhile.

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