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Richard Anthony Hein Richard.Hein Stay on Target
  • Jobs has resigned

    ,cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Meh. Steve Wozniak was the one who proved you can build a PC small enough for the mass market. Commodore was the one who truly popularized the PC in the home. Research in Motion is the company that popularized smart phones. The term "Crackberry" was coined before the iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Job's eye. Microsoft and Windows are responsible for pushing advancements in both graphics cards/GPUs and the DRAM to the point that it's cheap enough to even put into devices like smart phones and tablets.

    All of these things would have happened with or without Steve Jobs. The only thing I'll credit Steve Jobs for is turning gadgets into aspirational products, which IMO is bad for the advancement of technology.

    @cbae:

    Perhaps the truth is somewhere in the middle.  Personally, there are a few big names that I look up to in certain respects - and frown upon in certain other respects - and they have been role models in one way or another.  Jobs is one of them.  I don't like certain myths and certain mystic that has been built up around his character, but really appreciate the drive and ambition, and the foresight to drop everything and focus entirely on making your dreams happen.  He couldn't have done it without Woz, and without a huge number of people that all bought into his vision for what a computer should be like.  That's saying a lot.  It's hard to drive the direction of millions or billions of people. 

    Apple under Jobs was in my mind, a company that drives a style of ergonomics and interface design that has played a vital role in IT, and helped to drive ubiquity.  Not everyone wants an ugly beige box in every room.  People like the look of Apple hardware and so it is more likely to be used by people.  It's comfortable.  Aside from everything else that is technically breathtaking, and always pushing the limits, and close enough to engineering perfection that it raises the bar on everyone, their designs have been inspiring.  Jobs drives that kind of attention to detail; there are stories abounding on the internet, especially today, that talk about his attention to detail in the products Apple and partners make.  One of the biggest contrasts between MS and Apple is that eye for the artistic detail.  A software developer claims, "I love elegant code".  Steve wanted elegant software and hardware.  The interface is the hardware and you have to program that as well - it doesn't stop at the software layer.  By program, I mean plan a design, solve problems in the design, and implement solutions.

    In the end we'll see if like-minded people pick up the reins and can do what Jobs has done so successfully in the past.  I don't think it's the "reality distortion field" they need.  They need actual vision, and the sheer force of will required to bring it to fruition.  When other CEOs focused on the bottom line, Jobs remembered to focus on the design, and showed that the rest will follow.

  • Scanner Mouse!

    It's about time! (Why didn't I think of that?)

     

  • Today, I applied MS Job.

    ,contextfree` wrote

    I just accepted a contract dev position in the Microsoft Game Studios test team. Kinda nervous about having to relocate to Seattle area.

    Good for you - best of luck!

  • Jobs has resigned

    ,Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

     

    +1

     

    But did either of them write much software? I don't think Jobs did.

     

    Yes, I knew after I said "software", it should be more like "first era of personal computing", but it didn't have the same internal ring.

  • Jobs has resigned

    First Bill, now Steve ... the first era of software development is coming to an end.

  • VC++ vNext eating into the market of Visual Assist X

    Very nice.

  • Jupiter

    ,Charles wrote

    @Richard.Hein: To be very clear ( againSmiley ) -> What I said has nothing to do with Windows' plans... I was talking about Erik's MSIL2JS project, which he has not completely killed. No news here, my friends.

    C

    I know, I got that from the last thread.  Smiley  It's no longer something I'm holding my breath for (EDIT: for BUILD).  But addressing felix9's point, concerning losing hope of a cross-platform CLR - I guess some of us think MSIL2JS is the best way to realize it anytime soon.  There could always be better ways.  There's always C++ 11. 

  • Jupiter

    ,felix9 wrote

    Jupiter is Silverlight reduced to become Windows only.

    The future of cross-platform CLR/XAML may be doomed. In best hope, there might be something involves MSIL2JS, but that is another story.

    Yes, I agree.  Not so much about CLR/XAML being doomed though.  About the MSIL2JS part.  As Charles said in that other  thread.

  • Today, I applied MS Job.

    @magicalclick:  Good luck! Big Smile

  • AppHarbor

    @PaoloM & @exoteric:  I see ... sounds interesting.