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Steve jobs

Steve Jobs (1955-2011), an American computer-industry executive, best-known as the co-founder and mastermind of Apple computers, was born in San-Francisco, California, USA. Jobs was given up for adoption after birth and raised by his adoptive parents in Silicon Valley. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon for one semester before dropping out.

Being a college dropout, Steve Jobs teamed up with Steve Wozniak in 1976 to sell personal computers assembled in Job’s garage. That was the beginning of Apple Company, which launched the personal-computer revolution by introducing its first product, the Apple II computer in 1977, and made Steve Jobs a multimillionaire before he was 30 years old. As a result of buying Pixar Animation Studios in 1986, he became a billionaire in 2006.

The Apple computers were attractive, user-friendly, graphically oriented alternative to the IBM-Microsoft personal computers. Some famous Apple Company products are the colourful iMac computer and the iPod music player. S. Jobs oversaw the development of elegantly designed music players, smartphones, and computer tablets whose enormous success also led Apple to become a significant music and software seller.

Jobs was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Though he refused to speak publicly about his health, he survived several surgeries, and had to take a long medical leave of absence from Apple twice, in June of 2009 and in January of 2011. He remained with the company as Chairman of the Board until he died in the autumn of 2011.

Notes: to oversee – возглавлять, отвечать за…

an executive –руководитель a mastermind – вдохновитель

to adopt – усыновлять to launch – начинать

to drop out – бросать учебу surgery – операция

1. Are the sentences below true, false or the information is not stated?

1. Steve Jobs grew up in San Francisco.

2. He got higher education.

3. The Apple Company started making their first computers in the

garage.

4. Jobs was the inventor of a personal computer.

5. He left the Apple Company several times only because of his health

problems.

6. Jobs was an important figure in the computing industry for many

years.

2. Choose the statement that gives the main idea of the text.

1. Steve Jobs was successful all his life.

2. He completely changed the computer industry.

3. The Apple competed with the IBM Microsoft Company..

6.24 Exam task. Read the dialogue, then act out a similar one about your

plans for the future with a partner.

A: Do you ever think about the future?

B: Sometimes. It’s fun to picture myself in 10 years’ time.

A: Would you like to have a family?

B: Yes. As soon as I get a good job, I’ll get married.

A: And what job would you like to do?

B: I’m not sure yet. Perhaps I’ll be a naval architect like my uncle.

A: I think you’ll make an excellent engineer. You’re good at

applied sciences.

B: I hope so. What about you?

A: I’m going to be a designer.

B: Really? What sort of things are you going to design?

A: Mmm, the interiors of houses, maybe. Or maybe the interiors of cabins. Then we can work for the same company.

A: That’s a good idea!

6.25 Complete the questions below with the words in the box:

boss enjoy people travel do studying weekends

  1. Are you working or ................... or what?

  2. So what do you ....................?

  3. Do you have to work at ....................?

  4. Do you .................... it?

  5. And do you have to ................ far to work?

  6. What are the............... you work with like?

  7. What's your ........... like?

6.26 Complete the proverbs with the words from the box. Choose and memorize three of them.

No pain, nо gain.

yourself

Business before pleasure.

pain

То work with the left hand.

hour

If you want a thing well done, do it yourself.

trees

Money doesn't grow on trees.

hand

If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.

pleasure

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.

job

TEST

Choose the correct response.

1 Do you think you’ll be the boss of a big company one day?

a No, l don’t think so. b I can’t stand working shifts.

2 I’m going to a job interview tomorrow at the bank.

a Yes, l think you are. b Good luck!

3 Are you going to become a doctor like your father?

a I hope so. b That’s great!

4 I’ve lost my job!

a Oh, how nice! b Oh dear!

5 I got the job at the florist’s!

a That’s great. Well done! b Definitely!

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