Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category
“The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.And then some.“When Steve Jobs died last week, there was a huge outcry, and that was very moving and justified. But Dennis had a bigger effect, and the public doesn’t even know who he is,” says Rob Pike, the programming legend and current Googler who spent 20 years working across the hall from Ritchie at the famed Bell Labs.On Wednesday evening, with a post to Google+, Pike announced that Ritchie had died at his home in New Jersey over the weekend after a long illness, and though the response from hardcore techies was immense, the collective eulogy from the web at large doesn’t quite do justice to Ritchie’s sweeping influence on the modern world. Dennis Ritchie is the father of the C programming language, and with fellow Bell Labs researcher Ken Thompson, he used C to build UNIX, the operating system that so much of the world is built on — including the Apple empire overseen by Steve Jobs.”
via Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.
As Kernighan and Pike describe him, Ritchie was an unusually private person. “I worked across the hall from him for more than 20 years, and yet I feel like a don’t knew him all that well,” Pike says. But this doesn’t quite explain his low profile. Steve Jobs was a private person, but his insistence on privacy only fueled the cult of personality that surrounded him.
Ritchie lived in a very different time and worked in a very different environment than someone like Jobs. It only makes sense that he wouldn’t get his due. But those who matter understand the mark he left. “There’s that line from Newton about standing on the shoulders of giants,” says Kernighan. “We’re all standing on Dennis’ shoulders.” “
“By all accounts, Jobs and Forstall had a close collaboration. Colleagues say Forstall would meet with Jobs frequently to show him the latest features for the iPhone and iPad, and return to his office with lists of things to change. Brockington, his longtime pal from childhood, recalls visiting the Forstall family last year only to find Forstall lying on his hammock on a Sunday, talking to Jobs on the phone. It’s well-known that Jobs loved to hang out in Jony Ive’s hardware design lab, looking over hardware. Another favorite spot was the user interface lab run by Forstall, located a floor above.
Jobs clearly took some pride in the young executive. “If the hardware is the brain and the sinew of our products, the software is their soul,” he said to a large audience at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. He was referring in large part to Forstall’s work. Later that morning, as Jobs walked back on stage after Forstall had spoken about the latest version of iOS, he said to his protégé, “Good job.” Then Jobs faced the community of Apple loyalists for what would be the last time. “You like everything so far?” he asked. “Well, I’ll try not to blow it.” “
via Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Apple – Businessweek.
There will , of course , be many stories about Steve Jobs, who impacted on the world in so many ways with his life and innovative mind….here is one journalist’s synopsis of his inter actions with Steve over the years :
“That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple’s CEO in August. He was a historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford, and set the mold for many other corporate leaders in many other industries.He did what a CEO should: Hired and inspired great people; managed for the long term, not the quarter or the short-term stock price; made big bets and took big risks. He insisted on the highest product quality and on building things to delight and empower actual users, not intermediaries like corporate IT directors or wireless carriers. And he could sell. Man, he could sell.As he liked to say, he lived at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.But there was a more personal side of Steve Jobs, of course…… “
via The Steve Jobs I Knew – Walt Mossberg – Mossblog – AllThingsD.
Virginia Postrel has hit the right note and got this item on strategy perfectly !
“In his new book “Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters,” Richard P. Rumelt, a strategy professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, offers another explanation: the ruthless execution of good strategy.
Strategy is not what many people think it is. It is not a fill-in-the-blanks mission statement blathering about how XYZ Corp. will ethically serve its stakeholders by implementing best-in-class integrated sustainable practices to grow as a global leader while maximizing shareholder value. Such bafflegab is “Dilbert“-fodder that generates cynicism and contempt. It is, at best, a big waste of time.
Neither is strategy a declaration that the ABC Co. will increase sales by 20 percent a year for the next five years, with a profit margin of at least 20 percent. Strategy is not the resolve to hunker down and try harder — what Kenichi Ohmae of McKinsey criticized in a 1989 Harvard Business Review article as “do more better.” Effort is not strategy. Neither are financial projections. And neither are wishes.
A strategy “is a way of dealing with a high-stakes challenge,” Rumelt told me in an interview. “It’s a way around the obstacles or problems in a difficult situation.”
Every good strategy, he writes, includes what he calls the kernel: a “diagnosis” of the challenge (“What’s going on here?”), a “guiding policy” for dealing with that challenge (the core idea often called a strategy), and a set of “coherent actions” to carry out that policy (the implementation).”….
So if you really want to be like Apple, drop the fluff- filled vision statements and magical wishes. Pretend your company’s existence is at stake, coldly evaluate the environment, and make choices. Stop thinking of strategy as meaningless verbiage or financial goals and treat it as a serious design challenge.”
via Postrel: Where is the Next Steve Jobs? – Bloomberg.
“As long-time Australian Apple watcher Matthew Powell told me this morning, Jobs’s most important quality is that he understood from very early on that most people are not interested in technology for its own sake. People don’t want to “compute” with computers, they want to use computers to improve the way they do the stuff they like such as listening to music, reading the news or watching movies.
“From the very earliest days of Apple, and particularly with the Lisa and Macintosh projects, Jobs concerned himself with making computers work they way people expected them to rather than making people learn how the computer wanted them to work,” Powell said.
In implementing his philosophy, Jobs refused to be dictated to by the tech industry and commentators. His decisions to kill technologies like the floppy drive and leave out features from the iPhone such as Adobe Flash and removable batteries were widely derided but he stuck to his guns and most of the time was eventually been proven right.”
via Steve Jobs: the man who changed the way we live – Metro & Regional – National – General – Farm Weekly.
What a wonderful extension to the quality of life that technology is bringing !
A BOOM IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
“The global market for assistive technologies, including those used in the home, is projected to reach $40.9 billion in 2016, up from $30.5 billion this year, according to a report from BCC Research that’s scheduled to be released this month. In addition to Apple, Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG), and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) make workplace technologies that are accessible to people with a range of abilities.
“Boomers will demand products, services, and workplaces that adapt to their needs and desires,” says Rich Donovan, chief investment officer at WingSail Capital. Crossover technology such as the iPad, which works well both for people with disabilities and the broader consumer market, are the “holy grail” of business and disability efforts and will drive growth in disability-related capital spending, he says. Donovan, who has cerebral palsy, just received his first iPad as a Father’s Day gift. “I love it, it’s simple to use and it’s the ideal accessible technology,” he says.
Companies such as Apple are motivated, at least in part, to create products that work for people with disabilities because the population is aging, says Dorrie Rush, marketing director of accessible technology at Lighthouse International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss.”
via The IPad’s Secret Abilities – BusinessWeek.