Silicon Valley – Dan Gillmor’s eJournal – How the Mac and AT&T Breakup Ultimately Converged
“Somehow, the PC has always tended to get in my way. The Mac has always tended to get out of my way. That is a huge difference.”
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“Of course, the big plus about cocaine is that it works great for the first couple of weeks,” I mused. Let’s be fair. You get your first whetevers for free (if “Walker: Texas Ranger” has taught me anything), and you get days and days of enhanced alertness and productivity without distractions like sleeping and having to leave the room before going to the bathroom.
But even as the steel door in front of the post office started ratcheting down and I skidded underneath it on my belly like Pete Rose trying to make it to third and beat the point spread, I dismissed the thought. Cocaine gives a great demo, but once you’re stuck with the decision on a day-to-day basis you quickly come to regret it. I chose Macs over Windows for exactly this reason. End of aside.)
Ask Bjoern Hansen “I didn’t expect much when I resorted to asking, in so many words, whether he thinks consciously about innovation.
”No,” [Steve Jobs] said, peevishly. ”We consciously think about making great products. We don’t think, ‘Let’s be innovative!”’ He waved his hands for effect. ”’Let’s take a class! Here are the five rules of innovation, let’s put them up all over the company!”’
Well, I said defensively, there are people who do just that.
”Of course they do.” I felt his annoyance shift elsewhere. ”And it’s like . . . somebody who’s not cool trying to be cool. It’s painful to watch. You know what I mean?” He looked at me for a while, and I started to think he was trying to tell me something. Then he said, ”It’s like . . . watching Michael Dell try to dance.” The P.R. minder guffawed. ”Painful,” Jobs summarized.”