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An unwitting Inner North tribute to Steve Jobs

johnboy 6 October 2011 50

computers in The Front

Steve Jobs may well have been an egomaniac, even a psychopath, and a complete bastard to work for. But as what sometimes feels like the last man able to take a large organisation and make them turn out finished work of a generally high quality he has my undying admiration.

Somedays it feels like everything in the IT industry is half arsed, and the fortunes spent on technicians to install and configure already expensive equipment and software is a disgrace.

Worrying more about his products than his employees feelings Steve Jobs earned the loyalty of his customers despite being very willing to screw them when it suited him.

The Register has started an excellent biography piece if you want to know more about his life.

But today I nipped into The Front in Lyneham for a beer while I waited for a pide.

And I was struck by the fact that all the computers I could see, every single one, had an Apple logo on the back.


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Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 10:25 am 10 Oct 11

Skyring said :

Classified said :

Getting involved in the Apple vs Microsoft is the nerd version of Ford vs Holden.

I miss my Commodore!

Is that Commodore the car or Commodore the computer?

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 10:23 am 10 Oct 11

Skyring said :

Classified said :

Getting involved in the Apple vs Microsoft is the nerd version of Ford vs Holden.

I miss my Commodore!

I miss my Valant (AP6)

shadow boxer shadow boxer 7:13 am 09 Oct 11

Deref said :

shadow boxer said :

People who know something about IT know Aple does some things better than windows and vice versa, it depends what you are trying to do and what your requirments are.

Peole who blindly follow one brand generally don’t get the best solution. If you are looking in the consumer entertainment or multimedia presentation space Apple is the market leader.

I couldn’t agree more.

Of course being the market leader doesn’t mean that you’re the best.

Very true, if that was the case McDonalds would be the worlds finest cuisine.

The ipod/itunes thing was revolutionary though, many years later and the opposition can’t come close.

miz miz 12:30 pm 08 Oct 11

Vale Mr Jobs. Not being a techhead, the main thing I have always liked about Apple products is that they don’t continually crash, unlike Windows. For this reason, I find the Windows products (which I use at work) very, very irritating on a daily basis.

In contrast, it is just so much easier to remain productive with Apple. I have an iMac at home which gets almost constant use (three teenagers). My kids have iPods and one has an iPhone – they saved up to buy them because it is an absolute pleasure to use Apple products and worth every penny extra. I have only had to call the Mac fixit dude twice in the last six years or so – one of which was simply for an upgrade to Tiger OS.

Mr Jobs didn’t just accept that the default way of doing things couldn’t be improved on: he came up with solutions (such as iTunes) that were simply genius, and are also immensely cool to boot.

It will be interesting to see how his legacy within the Apple Corp outworks itself.

Skyring Skyring 7:38 am 08 Oct 11

Waiting For Godot said :

The thing I liked about Jobs is the convenience of hearing a song and being able to buy it immediately on iTunes without going to a record store and being told I have to wait two weeks until the CD order comes down from Sydney. Also the fact that I can buy only the songs I want for under $2.00 each and not have to shell out $30.00 for a CD containing the song I want and a whole lot of filler tracks.

Wow, you BUY songs?

Pete, who doesn’t publicly support the alternative

Skyring Skyring 7:35 am 08 Oct 11

Deref said :

Of course being the market leader doesn’t mean that you’re the best.

Just ask Tony Abbott.

Skyring Skyring 7:34 am 08 Oct 11

Classified said :

Getting involved in the Apple vs Microsoft is the nerd version of Ford vs Holden.

I miss my Commodore!

yellowsnow yellowsnow 1:13 am 08 Oct 11

matt31221 said :

Generic PC with either Microsoft or GNU/Linux are where it’s at mofos! And that’s the truth there is no debate.

But would you sit in a Lyneham cafe with a GNU?

yellowsnow yellowsnow 1:11 am 08 Oct 11

Ha! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d live to see the day that an IT s****ight on RiotAct got more comments than a roads/traffic/speeding/speed camera/revenue from traffic offences /GDE related post.

I think a new record may just have been broken. Thank you Mr Jobs – you can add this to your long list of achievement

matt31221 matt31221 6:43 pm 07 Oct 11

Generic PC with either Microsoft or GNU/Linux are where it’s at mofos! And that’s the truth there is no debate.

Deref Deref 5:55 pm 07 Oct 11

shadow boxer said :

People who know something about IT know Aple does some things better than windows and vice versa, it depends what you are trying to do and what your requirments are.

Peole who blindly follow one brand generally don’t get the best solution. If you are looking in the consumer entertainment or multimedia presentation space Apple is the market leader.

I couldn’t agree more.

Of course being the market leader doesn’t mean that you’re the best.

nhand42 nhand42 5:51 pm 07 Oct 11

Deref said :

In my experience they tend more to be from people who could easily afford Apple products but, because they know something about IT, wouldn’t touch them with the proverbial bargepole.

In my experience the people who know heaps about IT are all Apple fanboys. UNIX admins especially can’t get enough Apple. Java developers too. Horses for courses.

sblake sblake 4:24 pm 07 Oct 11

Show a nerd something shiny and they will buy it.Steve Jobs’ skill was to make shiny things again and again.He was an innovator but at least he didnt go to hipster heaven – The Front

Lazy I Lazy I 2:54 pm 07 Oct 11

shadow boxer said :

People who know something about IT know Aple does some things better than windows and vice versa, it depends what you are trying to do and what your requirments are.

+1

Interesting people still link ‘knowing something about IT’ to using a PC over an Apple product, you’re not fooling anyone. If you really knew something about IT you would appreciate a product / operating system on its strengths.

For the record, the current generation Macbook Air is an insanely good laptop.. running OSX, Windows or Linux… even Intel acknowledge this and it’s why they came up with the Ultrabook initiative.

p1 p1 2:29 pm 07 Oct 11

what_the said :

p1 said :

They took our Jerbs!!!

Ha, this is what I yell out every time I see that anti-carbon tax ad, especially the old lady with the busted umbrella out in the rain bit, priceless.

You mean like this?

shadow boxer shadow boxer 2:20 pm 07 Oct 11

Deref said :

creative_canberran said :

Deref said :

All the equine excrement being pedalled by the media about Jobs makes me want to heave. Jobs was a super businessman – no more an no less. He was no more an innovator than Bill Gates – he took existing technology, put his own spin on it and marketed it with genius. He took AOL’s walled garden concept and turned it into a walled Alcatraz, with shiny things to make it look attractive to the inmates. The mark of his true genius is that the Apple’s marketing department managed to get everyone in the media and politicians to read their bullshit about him when he died.

The funny thing about comments like this is it tends to be from those who can’t afford Apple products anyway, nor any premium model of Windows based PC. The type who walked into where I worked, would fondle the Macbooks and the Toshiba Qosmio then stroll over to the HP for $899 and say… that stuff is crap. lol

In my experience they tend more to be from people who could easily afford Apple products but, because they know something about IT, wouldn’t touch them with the proverbial bargepole.

People who know something about IT know Aple does some things better than windows and vice versa, it depends what you are trying to do and what your requirments are.

Peole who blindly follow one brand generally don’t get the best solution. If you are looking in the consumer entertainment or multimedia presentation space Apple is the market leader.

Deref Deref 2:12 pm 07 Oct 11

creative_canberran said :

Deref said :

All the equine excrement being pedalled by the media about Jobs makes me want to heave. Jobs was a super businessman – no more an no less. He was no more an innovator than Bill Gates – he took existing technology, put his own spin on it and marketed it with genius. He took AOL’s walled garden concept and turned it into a walled Alcatraz, with shiny things to make it look attractive to the inmates. The mark of his true genius is that the Apple’s marketing department managed to get everyone in the media and politicians to read their bullshit about him when he died.

The funny thing about comments like this is it tends to be from those who can’t afford Apple products anyway, nor any premium model of Windows based PC. The type who walked into where I worked, would fondle the Macbooks and the Toshiba Qosmio then stroll over to the HP for $899 and say… that stuff is crap. lol

In my experience they tend more to be from people who could easily afford Apple products but, because they know something about IT, wouldn’t touch them with the proverbial bargepole.

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 2:02 pm 07 Oct 11

The thing I liked about Jobs is the convenience of hearing a song and being able to buy it immediately on iTunes without going to a record store and being told I have to wait two weeks until the CD order comes down from Sydney. Also the fact that I can buy only the songs I want for under $2.00 each and not have to shell out $30.00 for a CD containing the song I want and a whole lot of filler tracks.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 1:39 pm 07 Oct 11

Deref said :

All the equine excrement being pedalled by the media about Jobs makes me want to heave. Jobs was a super businessman – no more an no less. He was no more an innovator than Bill Gates – he took existing technology, put his own spin on it and marketed it with genius. He took AOL’s walled garden concept and turned it into a walled Alcatraz, with shiny things to make it look attractive to the inmates. The mark of his true genius is that the Apple’s marketing department managed to get everyone in the media and politicians to read their bullshit about him when he died.

The funny thing about comments like this is it tends to be from those who can’t afford Apple products anyway, nor any premium model of Windows based PC. The type who walked into where I worked, would fondle the Macbooks and the Toshiba Qosmio then stroll over to the HP for $899 and say… that stuff is crap. lol

Solidarity Solidarity 1:11 pm 07 Oct 11

busgirl said :

Thumper said :

I have absolutely no idea what anyone is talking about here.

However, i can play guitar and sing pretty well.

…ha ha! I resemble that!
I compare using a computer to using a car. I have no idea how either of them work (and zero interest in learning) but I do know how to drive them.

That, Stamps, is a lie. 😉

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