Random fact of the day: Steve Jobs was posthumously awarded the Gammy in Feb, 2012 because of his “innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchase.”
You can read more such random facts in the archive.
Random Fact of the Day: Before Jobs’ biological father (Abdulfattah “John” Jandali) knew he was the father of Steve Jobs, he managed a Mediterranean restaurant in Silicon Valley Jobs used to frequent. When Jobs’ sister, Mona Simpson, first met her father as an adult (her father and mother had divorced in 1962 when she was just 5 years old and her father did not keep in touch) , he actually mentioned that he had once managed a restaurant frequented by such people as “Steve Jobs… yeah, he was a great tipper.” He didn’t know when he was saying this that Jobs was his son and at that point, Mona chose not to tell him.
Bonus Fact: Steve Jobs was born 59 years ago today on Feb. 24, 1955.
I can’t be arsed to go out there and defend Apple products, they speak and sell for themselves. If you think the world is fine enough in all other areas for there to be room for you to be all angry about Apple, then go ahead and be angry. It’s your spleen. Do what you like with it.
I pretty much live the same philosophy when it comes to talking about Apple.
Here’s another one of favourite from the afore-mentioned piece:
Steve Jobs, whom I had the privilege of knowing, always said, and he meant it, that he had nothing but the hugest respect for Bill Gates’s business acumen, and nothing but the profoundest contempt for his taste.
You know we’re constantly taking. We don’t make most of the food we eat, we don’t grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives building. I mean we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into the pool of human experience and knowledge.
Ethan Beard, an early Android development executive told the author that “We knew that Apple was going to announce a phone. Everyone knew that. We just didn’t think it would be that good.” An unnamed Android engineer even went as far as to say their work on Android looked awful when compared to the iPhone: “What we had looked so … nineties.”
The shape itself goes by several different names including the Gorgon loop and Saint John’s Arms has come to symbolize many things over the past 2,600 years or so, but it didn’t become an icon part of computing culture until 1984.