The Newshour interview Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson. He says good things and bad about Jobs, but is in favor of him overall. PBS Newshour: Steve Jobs Biography Examines How Rule-Breaker Tied ‘Artistry to Engineering’
I’m sure he did some artistry. I doubt that he did engineering for Apple. I’ve looked at dozens of patents that mention his name now, in the ones where he gets the credit they were for an ornamental claim. Though I saw one of his describing a user interface, that would be engineering, but that interface didn’t look familiar to me, I wonder if it was ever produced?
“... he creates an insanely great machine, as he calls it, the Macintosh.” Insanely great, huh?
“Likewise, Pixar, it’s computers were a little bit overdeveloped, the rendering computers that make 3-D graphics, but there was a guy there who was making beautiful animated shorts to show how the machines worked. Steve loved that artistry, and eventually Pixar becomes an animated digital movie company.” Which guy was making beautiful animated shorts that Jobs loved?
“At least he’s creating products that combined art and technology to make something that we really want and are useful. And having 1,000 songs in your pocket, that’s not the worst thing in the world, you know? It’s kind of nice.” That I am convinced that Jobs did.
“Yes, the arc of the narrative of the book is a guy who can be pretty rough and mean on people, but, by the end, by the end of his career, he has proven that they can do the impossible, and he has gathered probably the most loyal team of eight players of any business in America.” Mean on people, the plot thickens. I wonder if the Mac fans like a mean rule breaker? Personally, I have sympathy for workers who suffer under a mean boss.