Pirates of Silicon Valley

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Pirates of Silicon Valley

Pirates of Silicon Valley was a movie about Bill Gates and how Microsoft got started and also about Steve Jobs and how Apple got started. The movie is called Pirates of Silicon Valley because it is about piracy in the computer world and Silicon Valley is a place in California where computers are built. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs performed many unethical actions during the beginnings of Microsoft and Apple.

Early in Steve Job's career he meets a man called Captain Crunch. Captain Crunch had found a whistle in a Captain Crunch cereal box and realized that it makes the same sound as the AT&T sounds. Steve Jobs and Captain Crunch then moved on the make a device called a blue box using the whistle found in the Captain Crunch cereal box. The blue box allowed them to make long distance phone calls without being charged.

Steve, Captain Crunch and Steve's partner, Steve W., sold the blue box to people. They were almost caught one time by police who suspected that something was wrong. The police however had no idea what a blue box was so Steve was off the hook. Inventing and selling the blue box was unethical because it was stealing money from the phone company by not paying for long distance calls that were being made.

Bill Gates and his partner, Paul Allen, were getting very frustrated because they were not moving anywhere in the computer business. So they went to IBM to try and sell them something call DOS but to Bill Gates and Paul, DOS was just an idea and not a reality. Bill and Paul thoroughly explained the idea of DOS to IBM and it worked very well. IBM then bought DOS from Bill and Paul not knowing that Bill and Paul did not have DOS.

Selling DOS to IBM was unethical because Bill Gates lied by saying that he had the DOS program even though he did not. He tricked IBM into thinking that he had the program and told them he did have it even though he did not. ... Continue Reading