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Jobs inseparable from the Apple saga

updated 01:10 pm EST, Sun January 18, 2004

Jobs, Apple intertwined

The Mercury News says that Steve Jobs' personality and values are : "Just as it was 20 years ago, it's impossible to talk about the Macintosh today without discussing the two faces of Steve Jobs. the company's identity, direction and culture are indelibly wed to the personality and values of its leader. In that sense, Jobs is the last in a long line of Silicon Valley visionaries. William Shockley. Gordon Moore. Robert Noyce. Jerry Sanders. Andy Grove. Be they control freaks, bullies, gamblers or statesmen, their personalities were etched into the corporate motherboard from Day One."

Meanwhile, "20 years of thinking out of the box" says that Apple's products are always head-turners because Apple is an art form to Jobs: "[He] has always regarded Apple as a religion and an art form rather than a business. That's why Apple products are always head-turners. They capture people's imaginations and are doing a good job of it."




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    art

    Apple is an art form to Jobs: "[He] has always regarded Apple as a religion and an art form rather than a business. That's why Apple products are always head-turners. They capture people's imaginations and are doing a good job of it."

    And that's why so few people buy Apple products, just like few people buy expensive art.

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    Dead

    The big problem is if Jobs ever crashes his plane or dies of beri-beri Apple will return to the days of Pepsicola and be out of business in a year. Is there an heir apparent in Cupertino who could pick up the torch? I would hate to be forced to switch over to MicroSoft Longhorn Brain Implant sp5.

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    Clone Steve...

    This would be a good time to get cloning perfected. That way Steve can reproduce himself at will.

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    Re: Dead

    Don't forget Jonathan Ives, the mastermind behind the design and form of the computers... If Steve goes, I would hope Jonathan gets a good position.

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    Too bad...

    ...that Stevo seems to be the classic tragic protagonist, with a fatal flaw...

    I know it takes ego & obsessive behaviour to exceed the status quo - but the greed & ensuing willingness to 'puff' & mislead on performance in such a quantifiable realm as computers keeps Apple as an admirable but dysfunctional atelier to the computer world...

    OS-X will live on in my world as the con job that made me go out & buy a PC. Finally.

    When Apple figures out how to make something as simple as a web browser that is as fast & works with the sites I need to access then perhaps I will be able to go back...

    If Apple wants to grow market share thay can't tell you something is an upgrade when it isn't - and they can't be better for more money - they have to be better for the same money...

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    Steve is our leader!

    Na na na na na na na na lea-der!
    Na na na na na na na na lea-der!
    Leader! Leader! Leader!

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    Bill Gates: Cars

    "Bill Gates and the president of General Motors have met for lunch, and Bill is going on and on about computer technology. "If automotive technology had kept pace with computer technology over the past few decades, you would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V-8, and it would have a top speed of 10,000 miles per hour," says Gates. "Or, you could have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds and gets a thousand miles to a gallon of gas. In either case, the sticker price of a new car would be less than $50. Why haven't you guys kept up?"

    The president of GM smiles and says, "Because the federal government won't let us build cars that crash four times a day."

    http://www.howstuffworks.com/laughter.htm

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    OS-X will...

    "OS-X will live on in my world as the con job that made me go out & buy a PC. Finally."
    My my, if you've ever been conned it's by Microsoft. The entire world has been bamboozled and you just joined them pal.
    "works with the sites I need to access".
    Case in point. MS has succeeded in locking out competition and forcing you to use their product to access sites. Bamboozled pal.
    "The web is a fad and MS won't be getting into it." Bill Gates, 1995. Such a visionary you've aligned yourself with.

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    Re : too bad

    Oh and we are all so very upset....A mac to PC switcher who still frequents a Mac board to Bash Steve Jobs....hahahahahahahaha....man you must be really bored or really bitter......funny OS X is the main reason why many people are switching from PC's to macs these days....so we lost one loser, good ridance....have fun waiting for longhorn!!!!

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    Re: too bad

    "and they can't be better for more money - they have to be better for the same money..."
    As someone who was in PC support for 7 years and NT network administrator for 3 all I can say is I'll gladly pay extra for something that works. Wait till your "faster" pc starts acting up. Then we'll see how well that money was spent.

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