With the exception of one laptop and 2 non-smart cell phones, in my personal and professional life since 2004 I've had nothing but Apple products - computers (both desktop and laptop), iPads, iPods, and my crown jewel: my iPhone. None has ever disappointed me. I say this not to put forth a review of the Apple products but to explain that I am part of Steve Jobs's choir: I value, respect and rely on the products that he created. I'm sold, so to speak. And so it seemed only logical that I would eventually read this book to gain insight both in the genesis and evolution of Apple and in the person of Steve Jobs. The book did not disappoint in either.
What I found out about the early years and the development of the personal computer was fascinating. I do remember a lot of the news articles from those years - I was living in San Francisco at the time and a good friend of mine worked for Apple - but I would not consider myself previously knowledgeable about Apple in any...
A poignant story about a very complex character. I am an engineer in Silicon Valley and stories have circulated here about him for decades, mostly about what an A--hole he was. But reading this book brought out for me what a layered, complicated guy he was. It is amazing how he could be so feeling and unfeeling at the same time. I was a hard drive designer and we were always trying to get into Apple. We were trying to qualify for their "Cube" system and we had issues in their testing. I'd go there to try and solve the problems. They had the drive mounted in this weird orientation I'd never seen before and there was no fan in the Cube. Hard drives were huge heat sources in the days before power management. It was well over our spec of 50C inside the Cube. I whined to the Apple quality engineers about the heat. The quick reply was "Well, your design is s--- then. You should be able to handle that." Who does that sound like? He definitely set the tone for the whole organization...
Thoroughly enjoyed the biography that Walter Isaacson put together. I went into the book hardly knowing anything about Steve Jobs and left it with a general understanding of who he was as a person and as a CEO of Apple. It's hard to believe how fast the computer has advanced from an expensive luxury into being an affordable centerpiece around the family home. Unfortunately it is hard to really determine wether Steve Jobs thoroughly enjoyed life due to his abrasive and general irrational behaviors that ultimately caused the end of his own life. When finished the reader can't help but question the Steve Jobs persona and how damaging it was to others both emotionally and physically.
My only complaints with the book were that there were not enough pictures and that there was some repetitiveness. Also when Walter Isaacson describes Steve Jobs's appearance at Apple events, such as the Apple II reveal or the IPOD, when I searched for their recordings on youtube I found that there...
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