Originally Posted by sequitur http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...203181_pf.html
Compare Jobs's recent recklessness to the way Microsoft managed the delicate hand-over of the company from Bill Gates to Steve Ballmer. Gates, you'll recall, was every bit as synonymous with Microsoft as Jobs is with Apple.
Yet Gates managed to slide out of his company with virtually no disruption. He accomplished this by setting up the transition years in advance, giving Ballmer the CEO post and letting him get more exposure even while Gates stayed on as the figurehead and official outside representative of the company. By the time Gates did step down officially, in June 2008, his departure was practically a non-event.Jobs, in contrast, seems determined to hang on at Apple no matter what. See, in the world of Steve, it's all about Steve. When he does go, he will be remembered as a tremendous genius -- but also as a petulant narcissist with a grandiose sense of his importance and a sadly limited view of the world around him.
Ironically, it is Gates, his archnemesis, who will likely go down in history as the classy one: the one who knew how to exit gracefully, the one who is devoting the later years of his life, and all of his billions, to helping the world's poorest people -- and not clinging to his CEO job while he [Jobs] plays petty cat-and-mouse games with Apple shareholders and fanboys.
You know, I appreciate Apple, I really do. Their hardware, and especially the design are top notch.
However, after reading that article, it kind of makes me want to run out and build a HACK n TOSH and tell everyone how to edit the .kext files (for DUAL DISPLAY on the hack) and .plist while running some CHDOWN commands.
The article also brought me back to the days of LIES upon LIES, which I actually forgot about, you know, with the mac being just as fast as some PC's now.
It brought me back to when the G6 was promised over and over and over and never happened, they went to intel instead.
It brought me back to the days when Apple used to lie and lie about how fast their machines were and how much better they were in terms of power but weren't. Remember those days? Sure, there was something to be said about Megahertz, heck, Intel had to go almost 1 GHZ faster than AMD in the day as AMD had the better CPU, but still, I remember when Apple used to feed all though clueless fan boyz that had no idea PC's back then would RENDER as well as USE MORE PLUG INS not to mention GAME and run circles around Apple and the G4, then G5.
Funny, I want Steve to get well but that article and the self centeredness (remember how paranoid he was during the Keynote with the UNIBODY? "okay, give em back, that's enough, you can't have them, pass them back"..... I remember thinking, he seems like he's on medication, now I think he really was.
Still, get well dude, sure the fan boyz will get the pink pants in a fuzzy but we still need him and his design crew. Sure, Apple could go on and will go on and some even speculate it will be better (no more overpriced ram, machines at $999 for a powerful machine and not crippled, but Steve has made a mark, there is no denying that.
Get Well to you, me and anyone who is sick, I pray and wish them/us well.
Really, as a person, I wish and want him to get well.