Flavio, you need to check your facts. Who invented UNIX - hint - more than one person? I can't quantify someone's contribution in the way you do, it's impossible, and there were so many people whose work led to the next great innovation. I mean, surely Chris Date should get a mention somewhere.flavio81 wrote:avole wrote:You don't know your computer history very well, do you? Check back, and you'll find the contribution of both was pretty high. You might also spare a thought for the unknown developers working in the Xerox lab in Palo Alto, where most of modern-day computing comes from.
Avole, with all due respect, you're the one who should review a bit of computing history. The contribution of Dennis Ritchie to computing is 10, 20, 30 times greater than the one brought by Steve Jobs. BTW mr Jobs didn't really "invent" anything; in any case the original Apple computer was an invention of Steve Wozniak and, while revolutionary in being an affordable 'open hardware' home computer, it wasn't groundbreaking.
All other inventions have nothing to do with S. Jobs. Yes, the guy has patents... but those are DESIGN patents (i.e. the iPad contour) , and ridiculous patents such as patenting a particular way to click here so you download there.
Mouse -- Engelbert in the 60s
Graphic interfaces --- Ivan Sutherland, 1963
Modern GUIs -- The Xerox PARC research team
Modern networks -- ARPANET, 1969, a joint university effort
Calling S. Jobs "a genius of computing" (or similar) is like calling the McDonalds' founder "a genius in cuisine". The invention of UNIX (and the C language) would then be equivalent to inventing the modern stove top and the microwave oven.
Whether you like it or not, you have to accept Steve Jobs did contribute a lot to computing. You may find that unpleasant, but it's true nonetheless.