Think Steve.

Think Different.

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Steve Jobs, more than other one person, disrupted and reinvented the personal computer industry, animated motion pictures, music sales, retail stores, mobile phones and tablet computing.

–1976. STEVE JOBS and STEVE WOZNIAK form Apple Computers and build their first personal computer . . . in Jobs’ parents’ garage.

–1977. Apple releases the Apple Two, which becomes the first widely-used personal computer in the world.

–1984. Apple launches the Macintosh, a desktop computer with the screen built in.

–1986. Jobs buys Pixar Animation Studios for $10 MILLION. In 1995 they release “Toy Story”

–1998. Apple releases the iMac. It becomes the fastest-selling personal computer ever.

–2001. Apple introduces their first retail store and releases the iPod.

–2003. Apple launches the iTunes music store. This began the transition away from illegal digital music downloading and toward people LEGALLY listening to music again.

–2007. Apple introduces the iPhone

–2010. Apple introduces the iPad

–2011. Apple . . . the company Jobs started in his parents’ garage . . . is briefly the world’s most valuable company.

Apple’s greatest TV ad

Think Different.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Featuring: Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart & Bernt Balchen, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pablo Picasso. The commercial ends with an image of a young girl, Shaan Sahota, opening her closed eyes, as if to see the possibilities before her.

The version narated by Steve Jobs is very good too.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

 

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
While some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs and Pixar

Steve Jobs was a complete jerk. But he done good with Pixar. :-)

Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the computer division of Lucasfilm before its spin-out as a corporation in 1986 with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became its majority shareholder.

The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, a transaction which made Jobs Disney’s largest shareholder. …

Inadequate sales of Pixar’s computers threatened to put the company out of business as financial losses grew. Jobs invested more and more money in exchange for an increasing portion of the company, reducing the fraction of ownership by the management and employees until after several years he owned essentially all the company …

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Steve admired and respected John Lasseter as an artist. He could not say NO to the guy.

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Apple Macintosh 1984

1984” is an American television commercial which introduced the Apple Macintosh personal computer. It was conceived by Steve Hayden, Brent Thomas and Lee Clow at Chiat\Day, produced by New York production company Fairbanks Films, and directed by Ridley Scott.

… only national airing, was on January 22, 1984, during a break in the third quarter of the telecast of Super Bowl XVIII

… Advertising Age placed it on the top of its list of 50 greatest commercials.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I’m readying Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Steve’s love/hate relationship with John Sculley is fascinating.

World Cup – Game Before The Game

I couldn’t care less about the World Cup … unlike most of the rest of the World.

But I love inspiring video. The TV ads are fantastic.

Here’s an epic by Beats by Dre, the recent $3 billion Apple acquire.

The five-minute spot opens with Brazilian superstar Neymar having a heart-to-heart conversation with his father before a soccer match, set over footage of favelas, coastlines and the team bus. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Mashable)

RESET the NET

Two choices.

1. You can simply assume there is no privacy. No privacy online. None on phone.

Or …

2. you can try taking some small steps to discourage the NSA and other organizations from collecting data on you.

I’m switching from Google search to DuckDuckGo, for example. That might help. Apple is now offering DuckDuckGo as an alternative web search engine.

On the other hand, Google is responding to criticism, now offering end-to-end mail encryption, to try to make your email private.

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Watch the RESET the NET VIDEO .

Edward Snowden is all in for this protest.

RESET the NET

problems with the USA

I’ve got a love / hate relationship.

Many of the best and brightest I know are from the States. The best Gymnastics club. The best Gymnastics equipment company.

Apple and Google are from the USA.

Americans are the most innovative.

But my best guess is that the USA will go down the crapper fast, rather than have a graceful decline as did Great Britain.

There’s a fair bit of truth in this graphic.

problem with the USA

The U.S. government gridlock looks to be continuing for at least the next 6 years.

Republicans are not going to change fast enough to make major improvement.

The Democrats seem to want to copy Republican policy, for the most part. There’s been no serious attempt to improve anything under Obama, aside from a very slight fix of Health Care.

Merde. :-(

Edward Snowden – Man of the Year

We can’t trust corporations.

We can’t trust governments.

We can’t trust Obama.

The only way for the general public to get the truth is whistleblowing. We’ll see more like Snowden over the coming years.

Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted. …

Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013

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I’m sorry for the innocent hurt by these leaks, but the greater good for society is served.

One more thing …

We can’t trust the media. Including the Guardian.

Ed Bott – The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism (June 2013)

related – Time magazine – Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet

Time had Snowden a runner-up, naming the new Pope as Person of the Year.