Won't you be my neighbor?
- Apr 26, 2013
He wasn't a typical celebrity and he's dead now, but I absolutely hate Steve fucking Jobs.
He's complicated for me... He's responsible for so much that is good about how we use our devices.
Imagine a world without Apple... where we still have MP3 players with a gazillion buttons and you have to be a "hard core MP3 listener" to have a remotely good experience... and without Steve Jobs, we'd still be stuck with record industry bullshit about "albums" to sell 1 or 2 songs with 8 fillers instead of just the ones you wanted... which leads into the entire streaming paradigm that's so normal today... music, movies, podcasts, etc. NONE of it happens without him.
We literally wouldn't have fonts... We wouldn't have Pixar as George Lucas would have let it die in it's infancy (George Lucas founded it and sold it to Jobs who needed a project after Sculley ousted him from Apple) seeing as he didn't know what to do with it... and without Pixar pushing the digital paradigm and showing what was possible with animation, much of the special effects we know and love today would have taken much longer to develop... including just straight special effects... and we wouldn't even have Windows as Gates stole much of the code for Windows 1.0 from Apple... Gates didn't like the idea of a GUI at first and it wasn't until he saw the first Apple machine the he switched his take on it... they even left a bunch of code in unchanged. So there's no guarantee that we EVER see a GUI since no one had ever considered it and Xerox PARC only developed it as a research project without commercial application.
And the list goes on...
Also... just about everything bad in Silicon Valley... The fucking egos... the petty tyrant... the lack of a social conscience... dude was worth billions and didn't believe in charity... he was an asshole to the mother of his child (that's putting it mildly) and refused to be a father for years. He used valuation to work people half to death. Some made out, but plenty who contributed mightily to his and Apple's success were left with little, but bitterness and not much else.
As much as "the Valley" had issue with Jobs, they all secretly wanted to BE him... And while they could be just as bad or worse... Mark fucking Zuckerberg comes to mind... none of them had the vision that Jobs did.
But yeah... I appreciate what he accomplished, but he was a huge asshole, for sure. And my biggest professional accomplishment was something he thought was cool and woulda made me hella rich if the assholes running the dot.com I was working for could have just launched... dammit.