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An unwitting Inner North tribute to Steve Jobs

By 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.

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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An unwitting Inner North tribute to Steve Jobs
johnboy 11:26 pm 06 Oct 11

gospeedygo said :

johnboy said :

Real nerds use Linux.

I’d just like to interject for a moment

What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another…etc etc

Nerds foolish enough to assume I don’t know all about the Linux GNU/Linux distinction and rude enough to try and correct people on it in conversation really need to get out more.

el 11:20 pm 06 Oct 11

gospeedygo said :

johnboy said :

Real nerds use Linux.

I’d just like to interject for a moment

What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another…etc etc

Classic – love your work 🙂

creative_canberran 11:12 pm 06 Oct 11

Classified said :

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

It’s a silly battle (as is the newer one between Android users and iOS) and both increasingly fought by a ridiculous minority. The days of niche are long behind Apple and the days of Windows saturation are behind it too. Apple is now the favoured platform for students, around 80% in US Universities and it’s overall growth is many times the industry average despite the financial downturn. Android is now the dominant mobile platform, followed by iOS, pushing out stalwarts Windows and RIM. Microsoft remains the dominant corporate platform, but it’s web browser share is down and newer versions of Windows increasingly failing to gain uptake.

gospeedygo 11:08 pm 06 Oct 11

johnboy said :

Real nerds use Linux.

I’d just like to interject for a moment

What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another…etc etc

Grail 10:39 pm 06 Oct 11

Skidd Marx said :

Skidd Marx said :

Thanks for the warning, I’ll give The Front a mix then.

A *miss* even.

Premium members can edit their comments. Just putting that out there 🙂

johnboy 10:39 pm 06 Oct 11

Real nerds use Linux.

Gerry-Built 10:22 pm 06 Oct 11

Classified said :

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

LOL. true… true… great way to start a geek or nerd argument…

…and then there is Android vs iOS… Dear. God… RUN!!!

Skidd Marx 10:00 pm 06 Oct 11

Skidd Marx said :

Thanks for the warning, I’ll give The Front a mix then.

A *miss* even.

Skidd Marx 9:59 pm 06 Oct 11

Thanks for the warning, I’ll give The Front a mix then.

Classified 9:57 pm 06 Oct 11

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

grunge_hippy 9:23 pm 06 Oct 11

wow. 2 people using a mac. call bill gates and concede defeat.

I was flicking through radio stations today trying to avoid the rubbish unearthed shite on triple J and stopped on 106 and their “ipod requests” in memory of Steve Jobs. As you can imagine, it was beyond cringe worthy.

I don’t have an affiliation to either platforms. I can use both with reasonable skill and each have their advantages and disadvantages. ask my hubby on the other hand, and he is probably celebrating Steve jobs demise.

neanderthalsis 8:30 pm 06 Oct 11

“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.”

Bloody hipsters.

johnboy 8:30 pm 06 Oct 11

That’s rather the point.

gospeedygo 8:01 pm 06 Oct 11

Ah, the Henry Ford of our time. Except I dare say that Fords were probably more realistically priced though.

Also, isn’t The Front that sort of place where one wouldn’t want to hurt their cred by using anything other than a Macbook?

creative_canberran 7:09 pm 06 Oct 11

You’re entirely right JB, many of the great creatives and philosophers in history have also been very temperamental, difficult to get on with and reclusive. There’s also been a lot of tyrannical and evil figures to which the same negatives can be attributed.I think ultimately it’s the results that speak for themselves and put Jobs in the former category.

Former staff at Apple, even those who famously could walk into a lift with him and walk out without a job during the 80s, still spoke of having immense respect for him and his talents. Rivals today described him as a “friend” and “mentor.”

I dare say Rudd could have learn’t a thing or two. Jobs was famous for striving for simplicity, for technology unencumbered by the unessential and extrinsic. Despite having a similar temperament, Rudd though always went for the complex, the technical and the often incomprehensible. There’s a reason many silicon valley giants cite Jobs as inspiration, perhaps Labor could learn something?

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