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What Steve Jobs Taught Us
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User Rank: Apprentice
10/9/2011 | 2:56:40 AM
re: What Steve Jobs Taught Us
I would like to see more people mention that Steve Jobs was successful while maintaining INTEGRITY, personally and with how his companies operated which is indeed more than I can say for Bill Gates and Microsoft.

Steve nor Apple, as far as I know, never tried to step on competition like Gates and Microsoft did when Windows was younger while Microsoft attempted to suppress competition when selling Microsoft products and was successful at it, especially with regard to Word vs. Word Perfect for example and Microsoft always tried to force their way of doing things on their customers rather than convincing their customers that Microsoft's way was superior. Word vs. Word Perfect is only one example. Windows vs. OS2 from IBM is another (albeit a somewhat weaker example) but there are a multitude of others.

Apple/Jobs made us want Apple products while Microsoft shoved its products out on us and Microsoft is not flexible when issues with their products are pointed out. Also Steve seemed to recognize that money could be made from individuals and not just from sales to companies.

I use products from both companies and I love Apple products and detest Microsoft products because I am forced into them and their ways of doing things. I will miss the fresh air provided by Steve Jobs.

User Rank: Apprentice
10/8/2011 | 11:49:32 PM
re: What Steve Jobs Taught Us
John Foley cites the Apple Lisa, NeXT workstation and NeXT OS as failures from which Jobs learned lessons. Granted, these were not great successes in the marketplace, and lessons were learned. But it's a bit indelicate to say that they "lie in the scrapheap of technologies that didn't live up to expectations." They were technology marvels that delited and exceeded the expectations of those who worked with them. (I owned a NeXT workstation and a co-worker of mine had a Lisa.) The NeXTStep OS actually turned out to be an enormous success. When Apple acquired NeXT and Steve Jobs returned to Apple, NeXTStep was ported to the Apple hardware, and was re-branded "OS X". In a very real sense, the NeXT computer and OS lived on as the reborn Mac. (Developers still see the NeXT legacy each time they use code objects from Apple that start with the letters "NS", for NeXTStep.)
The Lisa was the precursor of the Mac, and the most miraculous thing about the transition from Lisa to Mac was that Apple got the price point reduced from several thousand dollars to something that was reasonably affordable.
One amazing point about the NeXT workstation that has been largely forgotten: The computers were assembled completely by robots which were controlled by NeXT computers. This may qualify, in a sense, as the first example of machine reproduction in the universe.

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