Anyone reading the Jobs bio?

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  1. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    I really, really would like to read it, but the price is scaring me away. $17 for an ebook is very, very Appley IMO, but still way overpriced.

  2. thermal

    thermal Well-Known Member

    Will probably reserve a copy at the library. Looking forward to an interesting read.
  3. TheCompBoy

    TheCompBoy Well-Known Member

    I will order this book.. Will be an intresting read.
  4. Black Rose

    Black Rose Well-Known Member


    I watched iGenius on Discovery and that was sufficient for me.

    I'm not interested in reading about him more than what I got from that show and what I've read on the news sites about the bio.
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  5. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Negative. Don't really care much for the guy. However, I did see a short tid bit about him on 60 Minutes last night. It wasn't exactly doing his image any favors. They basically called him a moron.
  6. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he came off as a jerk albeit a brilliant one. Still, it's a story of a guy who came from poverty to become a multi-millionaire by the time he was 25 and he did it in the tech industry despite having little or no knowledge of coding, electronics, etc....
  7. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

  8. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    Fair enough. He grew up in a middle class neighborhood. Still the guy became a millionaire in tech by the time he was 25.
  9. Black Rose

    Black Rose Well-Known Member

    by perfecting or "borrowing" other peoples work.

    The Mac interface and mouse were a Xerox design.

    It's hypocrisy like this that makes me dislike Apple's "they stole our ideas, we must sue" attitude.
  10. Baldilocks

    Baldilocks Well-Known Member

    Already have a copy reserved.
  11. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    Biographies are not the type of book I am interested in reading. I'm sure there will be a documentary about him on TV some time soon which I will probably catch.
  12. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    No thanks. The guy did a bit for the tech industry. And it is unfortunate that he did lose his battle with cancer. But I don't need to know about his life.

  13. Right, but Xerox had neither the know how, the money and/or the team to turn it into what Jobs and Woz did. You obviously don't know much about business and marketing because its VERY seldom the person/company who originates the idea that cashes in on it and makes it a success.
  14. Black Rose

    Black Rose Well-Known Member

    I know enough about business.

    I had the misfortune of working very close with marketing types very early in my career and have avoided them like the plague ever since :D

    I write the code and let the suits figure out what to do with it.
  15. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    The 60 minutes crowd mentioned the bluebox back in the day. For those who don't remember the glories of pulse dialing, the bluebox was a device that phone hackers used to emulate the tones phone companies used to route calls. Someone could use a bluebox to make free long distance calls. Woz made these as a hobby just as a prank thing. Jobs saw them and started selling them to make money. I don't know that Xerox didn't have the know how or money or what it was, but Jobs did the same type of thing over and over again. He took someone else's idea, polished it up and sold it as his own. He got pissed when people did the same to him though.
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  16. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    There was Xerox.

    There was the Palo Alto Research Center, owned by Xerox. PARC gang - not typical Xerox gang.

    People do things. PARC had the know-how. Xerox just didn't care.

    The part about Xerox lacking money back in the day, I think we should take up another time.

    Jobs bio - next interesting one will be Gates'.

    Whole lotta revisionist history in this industry. Whole lot.

    Jobs and Apple didn't steal PARC tech - they bought it.
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  17. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    I recall something from the new book. Corrections are always welcome. Regarding Google and Android: "it's a stolen product." "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to," Jobs told his biographer, "and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong."
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  18. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    ^Those comments are being attributed to the book in reviews, certainly.
  19. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    That quote is apparently in the book(location 8806 in the Kindle apparently). He further says that aside from search all Google's products are "sh**".
  20. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    I hope both sides are treated failrly. That is to say, Mr. Jobs and the readers.

    Not sure how much Steve actually participated, but one can likely believe that although the book might not necessarily be a love letter to Mr. Jobs and to a lesser degree, Apple, (Very hard to separate one from the other) Mr. Jobs likely had his own personal view of Mr. Jobs that is probably different than what we understand about Mr. Jobs.

    I am also certain that Mr. Walter Isaacson recieved a fine advance.

    Apparently, SJ was arrogant, did not care for Microsoft, despized Googler/Android, and was poorly paid at a buck a year.

    I'll wait untill it is marked down at Border's to decide one way or another.
  21. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    According to the author, Jobs did not even see an advance copy of the book and had no say over what was in it other than what he actually told the author in interviews of course. The author does say that Jobs saw the original cover, hated it and helped design the current one.
  22. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    I am not prepared to doubt the author. That said, I know that some public people try to influence what is written about them when they work closely with the author. Again, not suggesting anything untoward, just saying.
  23. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    I might take a gander since my wife is likely to buy it. I am a bit intrigued, I'll admit it.

    I wonder when the iMovie is gonna come out. :rolleyes:

    Ed Norton as Steve Jobs, anyone? Or Gollum? which one? jk
  24. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    Maybe Ed Norton plays him in one part of his life and Andy Serkis can play him in another part of his life. :)

    I think there will be a movie. That I would be interested in watching.
  25. Pitamakan

    Pitamakan Well-Known Member

    I have it on order, and I browsed a copy when I was in Costco earlier today. I think it's going to be a great read.

    If Bill Gates ever had a biography done, OTOH, it would be a total snoozer. :p

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