Feb. 24, 1955 - Oct. 5, 2011. Highly-influential innovator in early personal computing (the personal computing era is still young as of 2011). Co-founder of AppleComputer
. Contributed to design and development of notable computing products: AppleOne?
Towards the end of Ray Bradbury's dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451
, Montag hides in the woods and meets a reclusive bum.
In a world where everyone has wall-to-wall TV screens in every room (sound familiar?), the bum in the woods has only one little television. It's the size of the palm of his hand. Sound familiar?
That's how the #OccupyWallStreet?
Movement works - by taking over parks and setting up a generator, WiFi
hub, websites, and live feeds from their
demonstrations. The revolution is televising itself.
Steve Jobs's death couldn't have come at a more poignant time in history. The resistance mourns the guy who invented the hand-held TV they use against our dystopia of wall-to-wall propaganda!
A professional entertainer (or slave driver) of software engineers.
- floppy disks
- He only abhorred them after realizing they were utterly obsolete; but before others started abhoring them too. How many PCs ship these days with a 3 1/2" floppy installed?
- fans in computers
- I don't think anybody likes them; they are noisy, collect dust, and prone to failure. A workable alternative would be nice. Hydraulic loops?
- [Fluid cooling is popular amongst the overclocking set, and of course, it's what various Cray supercomputers used. I've got an older rackmount computer with no fans, just a vast slab of finned aluminium heatsink.]
- (IBM "big iron" mainframes were (are?) water-cooled, too.)
- the point is Apple mindlessly obeys Steve's supercilious predilections, no matter how inconvenient they make things for users
- Because he's right more often than he's wrong.
- CRT displays
- See comment on floppy disks above. CRTs are also obsolete these days for most applications.
- multi-button mice (He can't hate them too much; NeXT machines had two-button mice.)
- Enter MightyMouse?! Seems that he doesn't abhor them anymore.
- keyboards with more than the alpha pad
- the forward delete key, and the Home & End keys
- the strongest RealityDistortionField yet recorded
- What is the unit of measurement for this field?
- BSCPS - Bullshit chips per second.
He's one of the few CEO's who obtains success primarily from the "stick" instead of the "carrot". Excessive use of the stick almost always fails in management. He's one of the rare exceptions. However, he often does it by inspiring people so intensely that they feel like they actually deserve to be punished. It is somewhat comparable to a religious cult. It may also be that his company filters for a certain personality that is susceptible to his technique. It may work in certain niches, but is probably not universal. If Steve was in charge of making Model T's, they'd be 3 years late and cost twice as much. (However, perhaps Cadillac could have made use of him.)
The Stick in action:
Related to AppleComputer
. Partied with SteveWozniak
. The flawed hero in PiratesOfSiliconValley
See also: DoEngineersNeedOpportunists