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Old 10-05-2011, 07:02 PM
 
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Saw in the AJC that Steve Jobs died.

Apple says company co-founder Steve Jobs has died *| ajc.com (http://www.ajc.com/business/apple-says-company-co-1195230.html - broken link)

I know it's not Atlanta but the guy was such a huge icon of the information age.

I saw my first Mac in a lab at Georgia Tech and the Mac operating system blew me away. It instantly changed my perception of what a computer was and what it could be.

Fitting that I am writing this to you...on a Mac.

 
Old 10-05-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Just checked CNN, they are also confirming it.
 
Old 10-05-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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Wow..........

Rip- sj
 
Old 10-05-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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RIP, great man changed the world
 
Old 10-05-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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The man was a genius. His designs were elegant and consistent, and in some ways the Apple II changed my life ... it's the machine that sparked my interest in programming back in the 70's in school.

Rest in peace, Steve. And thank you for rescuing us from beige boxes.
 
Old 10-05-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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Jobs was so demanding, and pushed for excellence. He insisted on the first Mac that it have a rich collection fonts. Jobs sat in on a class in calligraphy in college so he appreciated the art form and it shows today on our computers.

Jobs returned to what I though was a lost cause, Apple, and not only turned it around, but made it a force in the information age again. Microsoft never struck me as an innovative company the way Apple did under Jobs.

Parc Xerox actually developed the GUI computer but Jobs brought the idea to the market 10 years before Microsoft did with Windows. Jobs changed the way we bought and played music with the iPod. The iPhone was a revolution in cell phone technology. The iPad is making the tablet the next generation in personal computing devices. And through Jobs' leadership, Pixar made animation a major force in film again.

Are there any other "Steve Jobs'" out there?
 
Old 10-05-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Saw in the AJC that Steve Jobs died.

Apple says company co-founder Steve Jobs has died *| ajc.com (http://www.ajc.com/business/apple-says-company-co-1195230.html - broken link)

I know it's not Atlanta but the guy was such a huge icon of the information age.

I saw my first Mac in a lab at Georgia Tech and the Mac operating system blew me away. It instantly changed my perception of what a computer was and what it could be.

Fitting that I am writing this to you...on a Mac.
The Matheson Mac Lab

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Microsoft never struck me as an innovative company the way Apple did under Jobs.
So I guess it would surprise you that Microsoft had tablet PCs many years before the iPad, and they had smartphones years before the iPhone?

My Steve Jobs rest in peace, and he certainly had a hand in marketing and getting technology adopted by consumers, but he wasn't the innovative genius some want to make him into.
 
Old 10-05-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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So I guess it would surprise you that Microsoft had tablet PCs many years before the iPad, and they had smartphones years before the iPhone?
Clearly, they made little impact in the US.

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My Steve Jobs rest in peace, and he certainly had a hand in marketing and getting technology adopted by consumers, but he wasn't the innovative genius some want to make him into.
But he made it work.
 
Old 10-05-2011, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Clearly, they made no impact.
You mentioned innovation, not commercial success. Jobs had commercial success, and surely the iPod was innovative. It started a trend to digital music. He was a great business leader, but not some kind of god of innovation. When you tightly control all aspects of product development, marketing, and production, it's easy to keep the negatives to a minimum. Apple certainly fits that mold. Closed ecosystem from start to finish.

Apple is really a consumer electronics company, whereas Microsoft is a software company. Having said that, would it surprise you what the all time sales record breaker was for consumer electronics device? It's not the iPad or the iPhone. It's the Kinect from Microsoft. The fastest selling consumer electronics product in history.

Kinect Breaks Guinness Record, Sells 10 Million Systems, Tops iPhone and iPad | PCWorld
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