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MCJanes
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04:14 AM on 11/06/2011
Jesus. Just canonize and knight him already.
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11:31 AM on 11/06/2011
Jesus can't be canonized. However, a lot of people can be knighted. What about you? What have you done for the world lately that would cause us to have an MCJanes day soon? BZ.
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MCJanes
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11:42 AM on 11/06/2011
What I have done lately is beside the point. Nobody in the remaining history of the universe will ever accomplish anything as great as being the CEO of the company that created the iPod.
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jflorish
01:11 AM on 11/06/2011
His greatest thing may be that he reinvented the movie industry with animated films from Pixar. Hard to say because also was the one that brought music to mobile devices and completely reinvented the cellphone and tablet markets too.
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thewirah
Last Mohican
10:49 AM on 11/06/2011
How did he reinvent the cell phone exactly?
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11:32 AM on 11/06/2011
I'll bite. You tell us how or how not... Demonstrate your brilliance! :D BZ.
12:59 AM on 11/06/2011
The only mantra was think differently.
http://goo.gl/Tahxq
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Charismatron
11:21 PM on 11/05/2011
Jobs didn't really learn anything from his failures: he simply pressed onwards at doing what he loved which was building, designing and marketing 'great products'. If he learned anything from his mistakes, it was not to repeat them, that's it.

He didn't change his behaviour regarding how he dealt with people or approached problems. He had a vision of how things should look and feel and how people would want to use them--from architecture, to ads, to products. There's not much out there that indicates he actually learned anything to adapt his style or approach to what interested him.

He just kept chasing after his genius.
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helioszephyr
What do you mean by "micro"?!
09:00 AM on 11/06/2011
sometimes not changing is a result of learning as it can confirm you're on the track to your goal.
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JohnTheMac
Now, why don't you go home and get your shine box?
10:39 AM on 11/06/2011
Really? I think there's a lot of exceptions to your observations.
The move to industry standard ports, like USB, rather than proprietary ports.
People said he wouldn't move the iPod from Firewire to USB, or allow it on Windows PCs.
People said he couldn't work well with others and was too much of a hot head, yet he got record companies and movie companies to agree to distribution agreements.
People said he wouldn't allow their Intel processor computers to boot to Windows, where they actually support it fine now.
People said they would be too controlling to allow 3rd party apps on iPhone, which they finally did. This one, maybe, Jobs was dragged into, from what I've read, but if it were me, I wouldn't want 3rd party apps on the iPhone at first, for about a year anyway. It was their first phone, so I would want to just let it run as is with our own apps, before we add variables like 3rd party apps.
10:56 PM on 11/05/2011
What was the genetic basis for Steve Jobs' brilliance and success? His brain, soul and mind genetics have been decoded by the Museum of Alien Studies. http://www.prophet0.com/et/eetmz/
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Cael
10:04 PM on 11/05/2011
duping so many people?
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atomic
Truth, Honesty, Joy, Freedom
10:24 PM on 11/05/2011
some are duped more easily than others.
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10:37 PM on 11/05/2011
When Jobs bought Pixar from George Lucas he bought it for the High Quality computers and software they were creating. But when one of his employees began making amazing demo videos to showcase that technology Jobs had the good sense to totally refocus the company into the most successful animation studio since Walt Disney. That's successful business vision. No one was better at it in our time than Steve Jobs.
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macmanchgo
"You don't need a weatherman...."
09:53 PM on 11/05/2011
I still think the biggest hit was the Apple Store. I prayed for years that they would open Apple stores, and when they did, I was completely blown away by their popularity. I still don't believe the crowds, and how well they handle them. I remember a time when you had to go to Best Buy or one of the stores like that, and if you asked about the Macs, they would steer you immediately to the PCs because none of the sales guys knew how to use the Macs and they all said the company was going out of business and had no software to run on the machines. Those were the days when Apple was totally under appreciated and us Apple fans (evangelists) were a lonely lot indeed.
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10:39 PM on 11/05/2011
The thing to remember is Jobs opened his retail stores AFTER Gateway failed miserably at retail. Today they are the most successful stores on an earnings per square foot basis in the world.
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Knute5
08:48 AM on 11/06/2011
Love how, as recounted in his bio, just as they were about to launch the store, he completely overhauled the layout, even though it meant a major delay. To sacrifice profit and schedule in order to get it right ... pretty rare these days.
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JohnTheMac
Now, why don't you go home and get your shine box?
10:40 AM on 11/06/2011
right! Remember the cries of "What!? Didn't they learn from Gateway Country!??"

It was nearly as shrill as "What?no floppy!??"
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helioszephyr
What do you mean by "micro"?!
09:08 AM on 11/06/2011
I would tend to agree. At a time when brick and mortar were on the downside, particularly with tech sales were going on-line, he plowed right into a retail model/distribution model that all analysts predicted was saturated and would fail.

Same for iPod/Phone/Pad... all predicted its demise for the same reasons, only to turn the respective industries on their heads, consequently making tech analysts/leaders to eat their words and follow.

I think that is the most amazing feat.
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Highball
In Blackest Night
09:22 PM on 11/05/2011
"Stay foolish. Stay hungry."

What Jobs was able to do was see things that weren't quite there yet. There's really no other way to put it.
09:04 PM on 11/05/2011
He was a brilliant businessman. A genius he was not. What do you think was a bigger novelty for its time, the Sony walkman or the iPod? Apple products do have nicer touches and designs than most other brands. But that's it and it all comes at a price, just like a nicer driving and feeling BMW compared to a Camry.

After a series of pocket and hobbyist computers, my first real computer was a 1989 Mac. It was indeed very nice, but super overpriced. That was my last Apple product

There are two kinds of Mac computer fans. Technical folks of yesteryears who used them for non-technical work such as presentations and reports, and artsi/fartsis. The former will start retiring in 10-20 years. The artsi/fartsi and cultists will remain.
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Greg Gorelick
Logic: your friend
09:23 PM on 11/05/2011
I'm a graphic designer. I work in live news. Also video editing, motion graphics and print. Macs are FAR from "yesteryear", in fact they're industry standard.

Instead of hating, you should actually read and learn about the guy, instead of just spewing poorly veiled ignorance.

If I'm "artsy-fartsy", so be it. I like art, culture, and intelligence. NASCAR, not so much. See what I did there?
garystartswithg
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11:03 PM on 11/05/2011
i am "artsy-fartsy" and macs lost their edge about 10 yrs ago. they were the industry standard for visuals because of the pixelation, now they don't have any edge, but people are brand loyal.
04:10 AM on 11/06/2011
If you read carefully what I wrote, yesteryears referred to scientists/engineers who adopted the Mac back when Windows sucked really bad, so bad that it didn't even have WYSIWYG. Yes, the Mac is still nicer for graphic design, which represents what, a tiny fraction of computer use? And graphic designers are not exactly rocket scientists, nor artists for that matter, so I find your air of superiority kind of funny.
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theveggiedude
my body is a temple, not a living graveyard
09:50 PM on 11/05/2011
If you stroll into the headquarters of Google, Facebook, or Twitter, you'd see that 99% of employees use a Mac.
04:20 AM on 11/06/2011
Did you just make that up? Regardless, google servers run Linux.

Any professional programmer can do his work on any platform that is thrown at him. As to the bean counter stuff, it is mostly MS, whether it is on mac or PC.
06:11 PM on 11/05/2011
Making people think that his Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder was some choice and not actually the bit in his mouth that drove him to the very end. He made empty, sad, lack of emotional depth look cool. Like all geniuses he would have traded it all for one day of normal. So, be happy that he was an Einstien who didn't leave the world with the button to destroy itself. Merely the button to lose yourself. Creativity and Madness--to shrinks they go together like peanut butter and jelly.
10:52 PM on 11/05/2011
Salvador Dali said, "The only difference between me and a mad man is... I am not mad!"
03:46 PM on 11/05/2011
Apple's stubborn policy of uniqueness and elitism almost led to it's demise. They insisted on having a superior proprietary product in the PC era, which was too expensive, unavailable, closed, niche. When Jobs returned, he eventually quit the PowerPC stuborness in favor of Intel price/compatibility. Man Mac fanboys hated the switch, but nowadays people actually use Macs, whereas before you could only see it as an artistic installation. Not to mention Nokia killer iPhone, and iPad, all great devices, and affordable, which altogether led more people to consider Mac as a primary PC, even though it's a post PC world. So yeah, Apple was visionary and stubborn, depending on the point of view. iPhone - visionary, locked iPhone - stubborn.
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kcwookie
If I had a son, he'd look like me...
05:38 PM on 11/05/2011
Your history is a little foggy, maybe you should read his biography.
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screwedrus
We certainly wouldn't want an empty micro-bio, now
06:33 PM on 11/05/2011
I've been using them in business since 1989. They were a godsend for the graphic design and printing industry. They were invaluable for many more industries as well, those are just the two that I am intimately familiar with.