I actually looked at an Apple ad from 1978. It was a print ad. That shows you how ancient it was. And it said, ‘Thousands of people have discovered the Apple computer.’ Thousands of people.
I think Steve Jobs is a historic figure. He’s not only a historic figure in business, but really in America.
I try not to make snap judgments. I never, ever make conclusions about products I’ve never tried.
I’ve been on the Web from the beginning of the Web. The good part about writing about technology is that you never run out of ideas, because it’s changing so fast. The bad part is that it’s changing so fast that there’s a million new products and ideas every day and every week.
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, and I was fortunate enough to see a bit of it because I spent hours in conversation with him over the 14 years he ran Apple.
People always worry that buying tech products today carries a risk of obsolescence. Most of the time, that fear is overblown.
Taken as a whole, consumer technologies have made startling advances, but they still are not as easy to use as they should be.
There’s no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers.
We need a wireless mobile device ecosystem that mirrors the PC/Internet ecosystem, one where the consumers’ purchase of network capacity is separate from their purchase of the hardware and software they use on that network. It will take government action, or some disruptive technology or business innovation, to get us there.
Whether you are a consumer, a hardware maker, a software developer or a provider of cool new services, it’s hard to make a move in the American cellphone world without the permission of the companies that own the pipes.