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Ahead of Monday's release of the authorized biography of Steve Jobs, CBS news magazine 60 Minutes offered a closer look at the book and the life of the Apple co-founder.

The TV special included excerpts of taped interviews Jobs did with the author of the book, Walter Isaacson. Speaking about his book, Isaacson said he believe it's a look at Jobs that's "fair," offering a closer look at the man, including his strengths and flaws.

Isaacson said in the interview that Jobs was "petulant" and "brittle," and said he could be very mean to people. But he was also a man who demanded perfection, something taught to him at a young age.

Isaacson said when Jobs was young, his father showed him how to build a fence, and taught him that the back of the fence had to look just as good as the front -- even though no one would see it.

It was that attention to detail that helped make Apple's products so appealing, but also made Jobs a difficult manager to work for. The interview discusses the origins of Apple, the clashes Jobs had with employees at the company, and how he was eventually chased away, only to come back and save Apple years later.

Isaacson described Jobs's house as a "normal" home in Palo Alto, Calif. The Apple co-founder said that was important to him -- he didn't want to live a "nutso lavish lifestyle" that rich people often do, even though he was worth more than $7 billion.

"I made a promise to myself, I said I'm not going to let this money ruin my life," Jobs said in one taped interview.

Isaacson also showed off personal family pictures provided by Jobs just before he died. The family was pictured in portraits and on vacation, and Isaacson flipped through the images on a white iPad 2.

He also said that as recently as August Jobs expressed hope that new treatments might help him beat cancer. He told his biographer that he wouldn't read Isaacson's book as soon as it came out, but would instead wait six months to a year.

Isaacson's book, entitled "Steve Jobs," goes on sale Monday in a hardcover edition, as well as digitally through Amazon Kindle and Apple's iBooks.

The TV interview that aired Sunday evening also discusses Jobs's search for his biological mother and a chance encounter with his biological father, his reluctance to undergo surgery to treat his pancreatic cancer, his secret liver transplant, and his desire to conquer the television market. The full interview is included in two segments below:





The news program also included a number of Web extras, featuring even more content on Jobs and the new biography. The segments include what Jobs felt about his rivals, more details on his secret liver transplant, and his critical advice given to U.S. President Barack Obama. These four clips are included below:









The 60 Minutes episode that aired on Sunday also featured a segment on how the iPad and its touchscreen interface has been a major benefit for people afflicted with autism:
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Stop teasing us! I'll buy the book already!

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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And the videos aren't playing for me because.....

Funny....I get the Pfizer commercial, though.

Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

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Why does Apple bashing and trolling make people feel so good?

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And the videos aren't playing for me because.....

Funny....I get the Pfizer commercial, though.

Ask your doctor if Viagra is right for you.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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And the videos aren't playing for me because.....

Funny....I get the Pfizer commercial, though.

Oh the irony if the videos only play on Windows.....
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Oh the irony if the videos only play on Windows.....

It's not playing on my iphone. At all.

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It is time for AppleInsider to dump Flash and change to HTLM
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It is time for AppleInsider to dump Flash and change to HTLM

They just embedded the video from CBS.

Go tell CBS to dump Flash. Just another sign that Flash isn't dead, as much as we'd like it to be.

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They just embedded the video from CBS.

Go tell CBS to dump Flash. Just another sign that Flash isn't dead, as much as we'd like it to be.

Hehe it's not dead. Not reliable, either, apparently
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It is time for AppleInsider to dump Flash and change to HTLM

Flash works just fine on my MPB running Lion. Thank god Apple had some good sense and didn't banish it from Lion.
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Flash works just fine on my MPB running Lion. Thank god Apple had some good sense and didn't banish it from Lion.

Flash doesn't ship with Lion either... You had to install it, or had it installed before you upgraded.
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post #12 of 18
Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.

What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.

The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.

We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!

The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.


For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...

IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.


When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.

You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.


I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
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Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.

What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.

The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.

We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!

The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.


For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...

IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.


When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.

You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.


I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.

Thanks for sharing - that is great to hear
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.

What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.

The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.

We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!

The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.


For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...

IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.


When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.

You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.


I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.

Very moving, very cool
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Flash doesn't ship with Lion either... You had to install it, or had it installed before you upgraded.

Just like windows.
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.

What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.

The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.

We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!

The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.


For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...

IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.


When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.

You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.


I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.


best post I've ever read on AI
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Originally Posted by MoXoM View Post

Thanks for sharing - that is great to hear

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Very moving, very cool

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best post I've ever read on AI

Thank you guys for reaffirming the belief in the basic goodness of mankind:

Abou Ben Adhem

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An Angel writing in a book of gold:

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."

"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one who loves his fellow men."

The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

-- James Leigh Hunt
"...The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore, For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
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post #18 of 18
Watched the 60 minutes interview.

Kind of sad to watch actually. I always admired Steve just like millions of others, for his great products and magical thinking. It's too bad to learn that he was actually kind of a douchebag.

He may have had great design ideas, great products, intelligent interfaces, simplicity and uniqueness...but Humility trumps every other quality, every single time.
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