[NTLK] Newton Saved Apple
Bob Carls Dudney
kosmicdollop at saber.net
Sat Oct 23 12:38:01 EDT 2010
Thanks mucho for this link! Sculley's interview
provides crucial perspectives and understandings
of Apple and Jobs.
Makes transparent for me why so many/most
nuts-and-bolts geeks flee/despise Apple's STYLE.
(Tinkerers are also frustrated by Apple's
hard-to-penetrate/modify products, especially
compared to mass-market/cheap DOS/Windy boxes --
these contrasts were much greater in earlier
decades when Apple fell to few % of PCs.)
Sculley's portrait suggests Jobs was always after
the non-geek crowd, that is, most humans.
Especially loved learning Sculley's estimate
Apple lost about 100 $M on Newton. (A number of
estimates are much higher, but I know of none
While revenge may well have been one of Jobs'
murder motives, Skulley makes clear an iPad is
much more Mr. Design's sort of product than
über-utilitarian/efficient/minimalist Newt --
exceedingly elegant though it is in its
inimitable, perfect ways. iPad clearly more for
consumer market than productivity workhorse Newt,
much more suited to Jobs' massive ambitions.
A is for Apple and alpha pack leader.
S is for Siddhartha (meaning: he who achieves his
aim) and for Buddha admirer Steve: the former
abandoned a royal legacy for mindfulness and
inner peace, the latter proved how wrong his
parents were to abandon their colossally valuable
first-born, whose inner anger and royal-like
tyranny must never be compared with Big Brother
Bill, the monster symbolically vanquished by a
sledge-hammer-flinging Olympian goddess MacIntosh
On 15/10/10, L.W. Brown wrote:
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