Let’s see, what is so great about Steve Jobs of Apple Computer fame?
Nothing. That’s right, nothing. Steve Jobs was the most horrible American since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“But Steve,” you say, “that other Steve was such an innovator! He created …” As I wait for an answer.
Jobs was a marketer, a modern-day barefoot Mussolini and kept the black turtleneck. He talked the collectivist talk and lived the elitist lifestyle.
What about all of his patents? A patent portfolio rivaling Alexander Graham Bell? (Bell is one of Jeffrey Tucker’s most horrible Americans pre-FDR, and I agree) To start with, when Jobs was in any position of influence at Apple, he had the legal staff hurriedly suing the crap out of every hardware and software competitor out there. “Look and feel” was a common phrase in Apple lawsuits. Anybody who made anything that looked like an Apple product got sued. Even from the grave, Android discovered making a rectangular phone with round edges draws the ire of Apple. I have not seen an account of Jobs reading a lot about Eli Whitney, but it looks and feels like he was a closet fan.
This was Apple’s ‘innovation,’ destroying innovation. They didn’t invent the Graphic User Interface, Zerox Parc did, and Apple ripped it off, later Microsoft ripped off Zerox too, not Apple, even though MS had plenty of experience making Apple platform business software. Job’s ‘innovation’ portfolio is not unlike Stalin’s “work” in ‘Economics.’ Other people did the work and if it became popular, Jobs took the credit.
Nothing the man said in public could be believed, yet it was believed and parroted endlessly. For example, his switching power supply “innovation.” Jobs says Apple invented it and everybody else copied it. No, the oscilloscope industry invented it, Atari was using it when Jobs worked there, and he hired Marxist Rod Holt (he later founded the Rod Holt Labor Library in San Francisco) to adapt switching power supplies to Apple computers.
Some might say that comparing Jobs to brutal Socialists is unfair, especially since he never ran a Gulag. No, he never ran one, he outsourced and rented them in the world’s largest prison, Red China.
Jobs also created legions of dysfunctional students who take forever to figure out how to use a PC. Jobs “gave” Apple computers to public schools at cost, creating a base of about 10% of students who really can’t figure out much else. Seriously, I’ve met 30 year olds who insist that Apples are “virus proof” and complained PC’s are “too difficult.” One (a bit older than me actually, but he was a computing late bloomer) ended up being my boss, who claimed on his résumé that he was a MS Office and Excel “expert.” One of his first questions to me was, “I know how to use Excel, but how do you make formulas?” As it turns out, his expertise was in opening Excel spreadsheets and reading them on a Mac. Rush Limbaugh sounds like he is in this club too.
The serious evidence is more startling, only about 10% of the PC user base is Apple, the rest is Microsoft and other operating systems. If you want to get any work done on an Apple, you use a Microsoft product, like Office.
Where does Apple make all of its money? The same place it always did, in toys. Their curtsy digital rip-off of the Walkman, even the models that make phone calls, generates some high margins.
This is not all inclusive by any means. It is easy enough to discover how horrible Jobs was in his personal interactions too. See the PBS post-mortem on his life. A recurring theme is if he wanted something from you, you were his best friend, otherwise you did not exist.
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