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Leaders in Computing by Donald Knuth, Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE FREng FBCS CEng CITP, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karen Spärck Jones, FBA, Grady Booch, Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak

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4 APPLE TO THE CORE

Steve Wozniak, October 2007

Steve Wozniak is the other Steve who founded Apple Computers in the 1970s. Although he no longer works for the company, he spoke to BCS assistant editor, Henry Tucker, about Apple, professionalism, nerds, geeks and robots making coffee.

What are your thoughts about professionalism in IT?

Well, there’s a lot of cases where lack of professionalism arises and grows and doesn’t get noticed, partly because a lot of the work in IT is strange and foreign. It’s almost like a language of its own and the normal people in the company, the executives and so on, can’t understand the technical aspects. Even if you’re creating a web page, it’s easy to hack around, play around and get a job done, but not really ...

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