Comments on: Thanks, Steve http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: lauradeen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30148 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:38:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30148 At the risk of offending friends and colleagues who labour in the anonymity of the South Bay, I’m moved to laughter when I read of someone contrasting the suburbs of Cupertino and Santa Clara, and hoping to draw out a real distinction.

The vast swath of that portion of Santa Clara Valley has long been filled out by cookie-cutter suburbs. Cupertino is no different in any meaningful regard than Campbell, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, or even the less-dense areas of the city of San Jose.

That Apple chose Cupertino back in the eighties is an accident of time and circumstance. That they choose to remain there is (I believe) more of happenstance–they want to move into the former Hewlett-Packard campus that existed long before Apple was even formed.

I don’t fault those who live and work in the South Bay for being proud of the firms that are part and parcel of the physical geography of the place. Just as I wouldn’t do so in any of the other places where I’ve worked where a significant concentration of an industry’s wealth is forced into narrow geographic confines (cf. Wall Street, Hollywood).

To Kaleberg’s point about the corrosive effects of “crowning glory” architecture: I share the feeling that Apple’s efforts in this regard will prove to be a distraction–not a major one, but just enough so that the carefully balanced spinning wheel that is the Cook-led company can suddenly find itself in dangerous precession.

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By: Doctor_Memory http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30111 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 05:58:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30111 Kaleberg: I don’t disagree about the Edifice Complex, but the 1 Infinite Loop campus was built when Apple was a much smaller and vastly different company back in the 80s, and if you visit it now, it’s clearly straining at the seams.

If the timing had been a little different, Apple might have been able to buy out Sun or SGI’s old HQs and get a new space on the (relative) cheap, but none of those places are on the market right now. (SGI’s old digs are now a little company called Google.) And, admirably, they seem to want to stay in Cupertino rather than just move to some anonymous office park in Santa Clara (*cough* Yahoo *cough*) So where are they gonna put their next 30,000 employees? Build, buy or lease, and if you can’t buy or lease then you’re gonna build. And Apple being Apple, they’re not going to build an ugly home…

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By: Kaleberg http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30088 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:53:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30088 I’m more worried about that proposed doughnut shaped complex they’re proposing for their Cupertino HQ. A company can survive a change in CEO, but “edifice complex” is a sure sign of imminent corporate death. Designing the new HQ both sucks up the time and effort at the center of the corporate focus, but is also a sign of a certain kind of complacency. It’s a good investing rule to short companies with new headquarters buildings. It doesn’t always make money, but it wins more often than not.

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By: Developer http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30070 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:50:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30070 That video sounded like a mix between a Justin Bieber fan and a religous fanatic. :)

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By: hypermark http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30068 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:38:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30068 Under Steve Jobs, Apple has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring.

It’s this pursuit of merging technology with humanity that may be Jobs’ greatest innovation and his most enduring legacy, something I blogged about here:

LEGACY: Ruminations on the Brilliance and Spirit of Steve Jobs (O’Reilly Radar) http://oreil.ly/qLT7bi

Check it out, if interested.

Mark

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By: timsmit http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30059 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:45:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30059 When it comes to useful biographies to tell your kids about, Steve Jobs is as good as anyone’s. Persistence. Perfectionism. Integrity. Pride. Humility. Perspective. Comeback. Crazy One.

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By: Spendlove http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30054 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:07:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30054 Steve who?

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By: mynamehear2 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30052 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:56:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30052 @MarkC123- yes, but then there was always the loan. Pretty much a loan to keep MS out of anti trust court by buoying at least a little competition. “Apple Vs. Microsoft, 1997- Apple, looking like it was on its last legs, put Steve Jobs in charge in a last-ditch effort to keep the company alive. The situation was so dire that they had to get a $150 million loan from arch-nemesis Microsoft, who by that point had become the 800-pound gorilla thanks to Windows 95. Meanwhile, Apple was playing catch-up with Mac OS.”

Ah well, the next 5 years should be very different for both.

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By: FifthDecade http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30051 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:49:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30051 Interesting to note that Steve Jobs name appears on 313 Apple patents, 33 of which as lead inventor. In contrast, Bill Gates appears on just 9 Microsoft patents, and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin have just over a dozen between them.

The New York Times has made up an interesting interactive listing of all his patents here:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/ 08/24/technology/steve-jobs-patents.html

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By: MarkC123 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/08/24/thanks-steve/comment-page-1/#comment-30045 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:48:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9549#comment-30045 “What I can’t figure out is why [Jobs] is even trying? He knows he can’t win.”

— Bill Gates, 1998

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