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Jobs\' next dream: take back the computer business

updated 09:15 am EDT, Mon May 23, 2005

Jobs\' next dream

Readers of "iCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business," learn that Jobs returned quickly to work after cancer surgery to chase after one more "outlandish Stevian dream: to from the book was recently published covering the iPod and Jonathan Ive.




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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Jobs need to fix OS-X...

    - a web browser that works (java) - email that works (1st/last name import) - isync that works (contact data corruption/loss!) - comparable accounting software (no bank download/import YET!?) - comparable personal finance/tax sw (no Quicken H+B w/invoices)

    It is inconceivable that these basics can be so far behind the pc world & have pc-ers switch. Yes some things like iLife are great, but I still NEED to use a pc for some basic web browsing, reliable contact management, easier accounting and speed/$...

    Many of the less glamorous things seem to have been ill conceived or executed - and as much as I love my Mac for some things, I am NOT selling my pc just yet, and I really don't want to maintain two computers per person...

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I Call Troll

    Bobolicious' post is complete lies and nonsense.

  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good points

    You make some good points, but beware of the Steve-Jobs-is-God contingent. They will undoubtedly call you are stupid, a troll, or both.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Well the only browser...

    ...that seems to almost work with my mls site is opera, except for some of the virtual tours... But then I need MS IE to download data into Quicken 2004 (but I can't invoice with that app), and then I need Safari just to set the default browser, but then if I want to browse securely with cache/history truly off I either have to upgrade to Tiger, or download Mozilla or Firefox, unless I'm willing to pay $40 US to licence Opera in add free format...

    It is just a little silly...

    OS-X is now 5 years out of the gate, and to keep a G4 400 Ti 'current' (.1, .2, .3 + .4) costs to date $516US + tax...

    And I dare anyone to trust their client contact data to a palm isync - I strongly recommend you have a backup, and you may not even find out about a corruption until you, for example call someone to wish them a happy birthday & find out it is two months off...

  1. ecrelin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    free it should be free

    right? I mean just think of the inconvenience! 5 years $516. waaaaaa, you probably spent more on gum. The marketshare determines the developer support, Apple's is currently doubling, maybe Intuit and others will write software that works? or someone else? it is certainly in their interest but why is it Apple's responsibility? I live in rural VT and I do my banking with Firefox and my phone bills and several others with Safari, maybe you do business with the wrong banks. Steve in not a God but I'm glad he makes computers because they are better than any of the others, they are not perfect, but they are the best. I keep things on a paper calendar too because sometimes the juice goes out, or $h!t happens, I dare anyone to rely on only digital technology to keep anything without spending a lot of money and time on redundancy, backups and more. This is entry level commodity computing, we are getting more bang for the buck than ever before, you had a choice, you chose to buy into a platform with miniscule marketshare… quityerbitchin' … or I'll have to resort to calling you a stupid troll

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: free it should be

    He doesn't want it for free, what he wants for his $516 is an iSync that works, a browser that actually works where he needs it to, someone (oh, I don't, maybe some company run by one of Apple's board members!) to make a personal finance app for the mac that has all the features of its windows counterpart, so they could actually use their mac for business.

    This is entry level commodity computing, we are getting more bang for the buck than ever before, you had a choice, you chose to buy into a platform with miniscule marketshare… quityerbitchin' … or I'll have to resort to calling you a stupid troll

    Wait, OS X is entry level commodity computing? Then we're screwed. (Of course, for Apple, entry level is apparently computers priced well above $1000). I thought OS X was supposed to be a powerhouse of an OS, Unix underneath, best set of apps around. You're telling me he's wasted $500 on 'entry level commodity computing'? For that money, he could've bought a cheap PC with windows, and gotten your 'commodity computing', and, get this, support for all he needs to do with a computer.

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmm...

    "But then I need MS IE to download data into Quicken 2004 (but I can't invoice with that app)"

    Not sure what Quicken 2004 you're using, but on my Mac version, I can download dorectly from my credit union from within the app. Have not used MSIE for years and years. The rest of the banks I use Safari or FireFox without issues. If they don't support those I take my buesiness elsewhere and tell them why. But, my banks have always worked on these browsers.

    As far as accounting software - FirstEdge fills the needs for my consulting business just fine.

    I've also never had issues syncing with my Tungsten T and iSync, or my T637 or iPod to iSync. All have worked fine since iSync was released.

    Also no issues with Mail.app in either 10.1, Panther, Jaguar, or Tiger. Works as advertised.

    My iMac and PowerBook have replaced all my Windows systems for both personal use and business. I've not regretted it one bit. It has been great ditching Windows to run my business. Now I spend more time running things than worrying about my computers.

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