Jonathan Andrew Sheen (leviathan0999) wrote,
Jonathan Andrew Sheen


1: biography of saints or venerated persons
2: idealizing or idolizing biography

 I'm stunned by the hagiography being devoted to Steve Jobs, both in the media and among the general public.

 Yes, the guy was a canny businessman, and created an aesthetic for his company that was very successful. His brilliance is unquestioned and unquestonable, and, he brought into the world of mainstream computing common use of the GUI concept invented at Bell Labs, which was what taught consumers you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work a computer, and that was a Good Thing.

 But he also seemed to view his company as a government unto itself, and his business model in which Apple continued to have active control -- essentially, ownership! -- over the hardware they had already sold to the consumer, is frankly nothing short of sleazy: iPhones bricked, police accompanying and acting at the direction of company security to retrieve prototypes that were stupidly lost in bars, it goes on and on.

 The GUI existed before Apple. PDAs could carry and play MP3s before the iPod, and there were plenty of internet-and-multimedia-capable touch-screen smartphones before the iPhone. Kindles and Nooks were there for e-reading, and every computer manufacturer in existence has been trying to sell tablet PCs for years before the iPad. Again, Steve Jobs brought to Apple Computer Corporation a fierce aesthetic sensibility, a wedding of form and function that led to an elegant and consistent "Branding" for their products. Well done and all that.

 A good, solid engineer, and a talented businessman. But to listen the news coverage, he was the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

 I own no Apple hardware and the only Apple software I have is Safari, just because I love having extra web browsers, to see how stubborn pages render in different software, and quicktime. No iTunes, no nuthin' but those two programs. (And I may actually have Quicktime Alternative, I'm not sure.) I still do all the smartphone calling and e-book reading and MP3 listening and mobile computing and video viewing I could want on my HTC Evo Shift 4G Android smartphone, and it all works wonderfully.

 In fact, after a day's thought, I can think of only one way I've benefited more-or-less directly from Steve Jobs: Were it not for him, and thus the iPhone, I never would have seen Blake Lively and Scarlett Johanson naked! An expensive, high-prestige smartphone with a high-quality digital camera built in? Starlets taking naked pictures of themselves was an almost inevitable consequence.

Thank you, Steve Jobs! 

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