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Old 03-12-13, 09:20 AM
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I've recently finished reading the Steve Jobs biography and placed it next to Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee and Where Wizards Stay Up Late. It got me thinking who else deserves to be on that shelf. My Mount Rushmore of Modern Computer Technology:



Bob Metcalfe - the inventor of ethernet.



Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn - the inventors of TCP/IP



Steve Jobs - GUI visionary and world changer



Bill Gates - mass marketer and master of backwards compatibility



Tim Berners-Lee - the inventor of the world-wide web



Mark Andreesen - the inventor of Mosaic and founder of Netscape



Sergey Brin and Larry Page. *Inventors of Google - the search algorithm, not the other crap Google makes.

I'm having a hard time coming up with anyone after Andreesen that made an impact that wasn't completely content-driven. Linus Torvalds, perhaps? Who do you think?

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Nice! An intellectual discussion on DVDTalk. I have nothing to add but it's nice to see.
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Definitely Linus Torvalds. Some other names:

Paul Baran and Donald Davies
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Paul Baran and Donald Davies whom made Cerf and Kahn's work possible. Right?

And I think I need to add:



Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Inventors of Google - the search algorithm, not the other crap Google makes.
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Old 03-12-13, 11:11 AM
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Douglas Engelbart, who in 1968 gave "The Mother of all Demos," introducing in one live demonstration the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos
http://sloan.stanford.edu/mousesite/1968Demo.html
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Re: Mt Rushmore of Modern Computer Technology

is that Steve Jobs picture from the movie and not really him?
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is that Steve Jobs picture from the movie and not really him?
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's Kutcher.
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is that Steve Jobs picture from the movie and not really him?
It appears legit. It's been used on a lot of sites, including this collection of photos from 2011:
http://www.designsmag.com/2011/10/tr...es-designsmag/

Of course, you're not the first to make that comparison:
http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/04/02/...er-steve-jobs/


I think he looks like Noah Wyle in that pic.
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Richard Stallman
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Old 03-12-13, 01:35 PM
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It appears legit. It's been used on a lot of sites, including this collection of photos from 2011:
http://www.designsmag.com/2011/10/tr...es-designsmag/

Of course, you're not the first to make that comparison:
http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/04/02/...er-steve-jobs/


I think he looks like Noah Wyle in that pic.
Did you just watch Pirates of Silicon Valley? Wyle did a good job. That's amazing that it's a real pic. He and Kutcher could have been twins.
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The "inventor" of the C language. The "inventor" of the CPU/transistor. Etc.
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Depending on how far back you want to go, cryptographers should play a role:
Marian Rejewski - developed the first mechanized, automated method for complex codebreaking, broke Enigma in 1932, arguably the ultimate father of the computer
Turing, of course.
Rivest, Shamir, Adleman- inventors of RSA, the basic security underpinning of the entire web

More modern:
Bram Cohen - invented BitTorrent
Alan Kay - invented object oriented programming and a primary innovator in GUIs
Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston - inventors of the spreadsheet, arguably the killer app that started widespread adoption of PCs
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Al Gore - Creator of Internet.
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Al Gore - Creator of Internet.
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Steve Wozniack. Jobs was the salesman, but Woz was the brains behind Apple.
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I don't care, as long as Zuckerberg is left off.

I almost think there should be somebody in games. Ralph Baer? Nolan Bushnell? Shigeru Miyamoto? John Carmack?
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Definitely John Carmack..
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Turing is the first one I thought of.

Also I would say Shawn Fanning, John Fanning, and Sean Parker for founding Napster. For better or worse they have completely changed the way we consider media.
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I almost think there should be somebody in games. Ralph Baer? Nolan Bushnell? Shigeru Miyamoto? John Carmack?
I'd go with Steve Russell.
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Sir John Ive

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Steve Wozniack. Jobs was the salesman, but Woz was the brains behind Apple.
Woz was the brains behind the pre-Macintosh Apple computers. The Macintosh team did not involve Woz in any large part as far as I know.
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Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
I don't care, as long as Zuckerberg is left off.

I almost think there should be somebody in games. Ralph Baer? Nolan Bushnell? Shigeru Miyamoto? John Carmack?
Zuckerberg and others would be on a different Mt Rushmore - one of content and platform creators. My list is about the people that allowed content to happen. Richard Stallman is a good one. But the pic needs to be black and white.

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Woz was the brains behind the pre-Macintosh Apple computers. The Macintosh team did not involve Woz in any large part as far as I know.
To be fair, Jobs wasn't the "brains" behind the Mac either. Or really any Mac product. He was always more the "visionary," pushing towards his ideals of style and ease of use. I don't think he ever did much (any?) nuts-and-bolts designing.

Woz is good as the Apple II was pretty much the device that defined the PC and established that market. Jobs deserves credit too for seeing how PCs could be made for the average consumer to use, not just the hobbyist.
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I disagree. He's a brilliant industrial designer, but that's tangential to modern computer technology.
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If you are torn between a few choices, just pick the one that had the most facial hair in the 70s.
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