Friday, March 9, 2018

Old Steve Jobs Videos

MIT (via Thomas Brand):

Steve Jobs, one of the computer industry’s foremost entrepreneurs, gives a wide-ranging talk to a group of MIT Sloan School of Management students in the spring of 1992. Jobs shares his professional vision and personal anecdotes, from his role at the time as president and CEO of NeXT Computer Corporation, to the thrilling challenges of co-creating Apple Computer, and subsequent disappointments at his ousting. In conversational exchanges with audience members Jobs underscores the value of direct experience in the field, and “developing scar tissue.”

ABC (via Farhad Manjoo):

Ted Koppel, Bettina Gregory, and Ken Kashiwahara present news stories from 1981 on the relevancy of computers in every day life and how they will affect our future. Included are interviews with Apple Computer Chairman Steve Jobs and writer David Burnham.

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My favorite part of the MIT video is Steve explaining how Apple is leaving power users behind in favor of mobility, which is why the “PowerBooks are pretty good, but the Quadra sucks wind.” I wonder if Apple forgot where they tucked away the button for ‘“repeat” and it’s stuck on — perhaps a splash screen would help.

@Tom Yeah, that part was quite striking. People talk about how Jobs was the proponent of making computers into appliances, so it was interesting to hear him talk about the high end and seem to really respect and understand it.

He also talks about Mac selling prices moving down to $750, which is interesting in light of Apple’s current decision to ignore the lower price points.

I remember when I could get brand new, from Apple, not clearance mind you, iMacs for $799. PowerPC G3 systems, CRT models, this is of course when competitors had already moved to AIO with LCDs, but still....

Oh well. Those days are long past.

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