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A Propos Steve Jobs [Jun. 12th, 2019|04:26 pm]
Tony Grist
Steve Jobs, whose biography I've nearly finished, started off as a revolutionary and ended as an autocrat- only that's a very superficial view of the case because he was the same man all the way through. He had a vision and pursued it and went through life going "My way, not your way"- and the only difference between young Jobs and old(er) Jobs was that one lacked power and the other possessed it.

The revolutionary and the autocrat are the same person in different phases of his/her existence. Every autocrat (except for those born to it) was a revolutionary once. The revolutionary attacks the established order because it's not his order and the autocrat enforces it because it is.

Incidentally, I've never owned an Apple product. iPhones, iPads- I've only the vaguest notion what they're for and what they do.
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2019-06-12 04:30 pm (UTC)
I really detest anything apple. Nothing to do with Steve Jobs, more with it catering to a) those who think they are super hip/artsy and b) those who are too stupid/slow/lazy to actually learn to use an operating system. Back in 1983 when I earned a living as a trade fair interpreter and hostess, I got a job for one of the first computer fairs, since I was one of the few women who knew how to use a computer and do stuff with it. I cannot even express my bewilderment when the client sat me in front of one of the first apple computers - I think it was Lisa, but I could be wrong - and full of pride wanted to show me all the wonderful things it did. I found it childish and silly as an instrument and did not hold back my opinion and it was really one of the hardest fair jobs I ever had to fake enthusiasm for this plaything and show it to the people at the fair - most of them being equally WTF about it all. Only at the weekend, when the non-tech visitors came in, there were many ahs and ohs when I demonstrated the MOUSE! And the DESKTOP!
Me and my colleague, a Dutch IT student, probably hurt something in our eyes that weekend because of the continuous rolling going on.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-12 05:25 pm (UTC)
Well, that was Jobs' vision- to create tech that was (a) beautifully designed and (b) simple to use. I guess he succeeded.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-06-12 05:27 pm (UTC)
Exactly right!

At last, someone else who has some levity in thinking.

Actually, I've read a few of your posts, and have not yet decided to add you yet. So maybe you piss me off in other respects. We shall see.

Note: An actual thing happens to the rich, which is a kind of expansive narcissism and blindness. This is not to say that a lot of the poor do not have their own kind of narcissism - although it may be more connecting to things like sneakers and survival, eh.

Jobs was an American a-hole. Fuck yeah! ughhhhh......
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-12 05:51 pm (UTC)
I've taken the bull by the horns and friended you. Seems like we have a fair bit in common. It would be odd if we agreed about everything.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-06-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
We'll do that.

I am very out-there, by British standards, but hopefully you have a little Celt in your blood.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-12 07:16 pm (UTC)
It's possible. My maternal ancestry is solidly English but my paternal ancestry is a mystery.
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[User Picture]From: mexpatriot
2019-06-12 11:27 pm (UTC)
Well said!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-13 07:46 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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