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Former good article nomineeSteve Jobs was a Engineering and technology good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There may be suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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I think the correct term was that he was supposed to "modify" the circuit[edit]

Where it states: "In mid-1975, after returning to Atari, Jobs was assigned to create [this should be "modify" I believe] a circuit board for the arcade video game Breakout.[65] According to Bushnell, Atari offered $100 (equivalent to about $500 in 2021) for each TTL chip that was eliminated in the machine. Jobs had little specialized knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Much to the amazement of Atari engineers, Wozniak reduced the TTL count to 46, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line.[66] According to Wozniak, Jobs told him that Atari paid them only $700 (instead of the actual $5,000), and that Wozniak's share was thus $350.[67] Wozniak did not learn about the actual bonus until ten years later, but said that if Jobs had told him about it and explained that he needed the money, Wozniak would have given it to him.[68]"

You can't "eliminate" chips from a design you haven't "created" yet. It's either that or they wanted him to minimize the amount of TTL IC's to be used in a design.

But from what I've read, Atari had a board, it cost too much to make and was too large, so therefor they wanted it to be reduced in size and complexity .

But irregardless, he wasn't able to do it - Wozniak did it.

Wamnet (talk) 01:54, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Great question; I looked it up. That's indeed in both Isaacson 2011 ("design") and Schlender & Tetzeli 2015 ("create"). Both books can be borrowed for free from the links I give. Also Isaacson: There would be a bonus, Bushnell told him, for every chip fewer than fifty that he used. If you can find a source that contradicts, please post it here.
I'm still not happy with the section though. Most is sourced to a blog. And Isaacson says Wozniak used only forty-five chips. Recollections differ, but by most accounts Jobs simply gave Wozniak half of the base fee and not the bonus Bushnell paid for saving five chips, which contradicts what we have now. However, while Linzmayer 2004 ("Apple Confidential 2.0", a solid book) agrees on "4 days", it quotes Woz as saying: “Nolan Bushnell wanted a game with as few chips as possible. Steve said if there were less than 50 chips, we got paid $700 and split it in half. Less than 40 chips, $1,000. After four nights, it was 42 chips. I wasn’t about to spend another second trying to reduce it by two more chips; I’ll settle for $700.” (notice: one says 42 chips, one says 45).
There's also something we omit in our article: according to Isaacson (page 53), Bushnell knew that Jobs was not a great engineer, but he assumed, correctly, that he would recruit Wozniak, who was always hanging around. “I looked at it as a two-for-one thing,” Bushnell recalled. “Woz was a better engineer.” (btw, "always hanging around" is supported by Malone 1999, too). I'll try to rework this later if I have time, but would rather wait until we figure out whether it was 46, 45 or 42 chips. We need a source that resolves the discrepancy. DFlhb (talk) 18:19, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, found it. In 2009, Woz said 45 chips[1]. And in 2013, he said "I got it down to 42, but it went back to 45 before it ran well". So every source is now congruent, with only the current blogspam source saying "46". DFlhb (talk) 18:38, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Innovations and designs section[edit]

Don't like this section. It should explain his role in these products, his decision-making, etc., not just plainly describe the products. And I think the description of his role would best fit within the general chronology of the biography, rather than as a separate "Products" section. DFlhb (talk) 23:28, 27 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reverts to lead[edit]

@Flyedit32: why do you persist in reverting despite policy? In articles, when unsourced content is reverted, it stays out until affirmative consensus is reached (WP:BURDEN).

The first sentence is for occupations. Making one investment in Pixar doesn't make Jobs an investor. You've removed entrepreneur, which is verifiable and WP:BLUESKY, and reinstated "magnate", which is neither. I'd have added "innovator" (along with proper sources) but inventor is fine too. DFlhb (talk) 21:17, 21 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In a more recent edit, you've hinted that your disputed changes are covered by MOS:LEAD. That is false, since neither labels ("magnate" and "investor") are cited in the body. I've explained on your talk page that the first lead sentence is for definitional labels; to call him an investor, we need a multitude of sources that call him that, not just sources that show he made one investment at one point in his life. You've edit warred to keep your preferred unsourced wording in the lead, and then refused to discuss, perhaps in the hopes that it gets to stay in. This is neither productive nor collaborative. Again, please self-revert. DFlhb (talk) 22:51, 24 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Obscure and incorrectly written acronym or initialism “woo”[edit]

Section “Health problems”, second paragraph, last word in the following excerpt:

However, cancer researcher and alternative medicine critic David Gorski wrote that "it's impossible to know whether and by how much he might have decreased his chances of surviving his cancer through his flirtation with woo.

Both of the references for the above excerpt contain “woo”. I note that “WOO” or “WoO” stands for “Window of Opportunity” per the following:,and%20definitive%20anti%2Dcancer%20treatment. In “window of opportunity” (WOO) clinical trials, people with newly diagnosed early-stage cancer are exposed to an experimental drug during the period of time between diagnosis and definitive anti-cancer treatment. These trials allow investigators to study drug efficacy in untreated disease, which can expedite drug development. However, for trial participants, the WOO approach requires them to decide about an altruistic clinical trial during an intense time immediately after cancer diagnosis. This qualitative study aimed to understand patient perspectives on WOO clinical trials. WoO: Window of Opportunity Trial of Olaparib and Durvalumab in Histologically Proven EOC (WoO)

Should a reference to the meaning of “woo” (I don’t know whether it’s an acronym or an initialism) and the fact that it should have been written as “WOO” or “WoO” (if both are considered to be correct) in the excerpt’s references be included? I suppose the easiest thing would be to replace “woo” with “[WOO]” (if that’s considered acceptable) and make it a link to the page above which defines it. Dbsx (talk) 13:38, 8 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See wiktionary:woo#Etymology 3, which leads to wiktionary:woo woo#NounDFlhb (talk) 19:48, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Should we create a template series for Jobs?[edit]

Should we create a series template for Jobs like there is for Musk or Gates? It wouldn't have to be too long or anything, but I do feel like there is plenty to use for it, and it could help with reader navigation, too. Thanks. ~ Flyedit32 (talk) 15:10, 12 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Steve Jobs was not an inventor[edit]

He was a businessman that revealed technology to mass media and the public. Mechanical Keyboarder (talk) 04:20, 25 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Early Venture capital Jobs talked to[edit]

Add in "Pre-Apple" Nolan Bushnell recommended Steve Jobs to Don Valentine who in turn introduced him to Mike Markkula. Linzmayer 2004, pp. 8–10 (talk) 00:20, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not specific enough. Hello, and thank you for your edit request. So that I can implement those changes, I'd like you to provide me with those 2 things:
  • The text you wish to add; and
  • Where exactly (between which sentences) the given text should be added.
Thank you! Cocobb8 (talk) 15:35, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Draft:Reed Jobs, the son of Steve Jobs[edit]

I recently created a draft for Reed Jobs. Any help would be appreciated. Thriley (talk) 02:06, 4 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

birth name[edit]

Actually, Steve's original birth name was Abdul Lateef John Jandali. (talk) 22:50, 18 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We need a reliable source that says that. ~ Pbritti (talk) 23:05, 18 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This was previously discussed, where the conclusion was that GulfNews was the only outlet saying this, and wasn't independently confirmed, so the sourcing isn't good enough to include. And given Jobs's fame, and the large number of books written about him, anything that didn't make the cut in those books would likely be undue anyway. DFlhb (talk) 00:32, 19 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, slight WP:OR: per Isaacson's biography, his 'birth' mother planned (not fully by choice, mind you) to put him for adoption before he was born, and he was placed in a family immediately upon birth. Intuitively that would mean that his "real" birth name is what his adoptive parents picked. DFlhb (talk) 00:33, 19 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 20 October 2023[edit]

Hi Wikipedia, I have a lot of knowledge I have read from books and would like to share with everyone, I am an enthusiastic person, and trustworthy, I would like to share my prior and current knowledge with everyone using Wikipedia

Thank You, BobYan69 BobYan69 (talk) 06:14, 20 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Paper9oll (🔔📝) 06:33, 20 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Need help resolving this lead sentence edit-war[edit]

Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American business magnate, inventor, and investor best known as the co-founder [...]

The lead sentence has been repeatedly changed this past year, with slow-motion edit warring instead of talk page discussions. I disputed "business magnate" and "investor" above as against MOS:ROLEBIO, and the user who reinstated them didn't discuss on talk. Mechanical Keyboarder disputed Flyedit32's bold addition of "inventor", and I've come to agree since it's redundant with the end of the first paragraph, but this was reinstated several times without discussion.

Could we all collaborate on what the lead sentence should say? How about the simplest, "American entrepreneur"? The relevant guidelines are MOS:FIRSTBIO and MOS:ROLEBIO. DFlhb (talk) 08:07, 4 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 24 November 2023[edit]

In the Health problems > Death section, add at the end of the 5th paragraph:

Richard Stallman commented on his death: "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone".[1] Flakesosa (talk) 21:05, 24 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done for now: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{Edit semi-protected}} template. Why? Pinchme123 (talk) 04:28, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]