Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Oct 2010 20:54 UTC
Apple Is it an indication of Steve Jobs' (in)famous strive for perfection, or just stupid bone-headedness? The white variant of the iPhone 4 was first delayed for a few weeks, but those few weeks became 'end of the year'. Now we know why: the manufacturers Apple employs are apparently having issues matching the shades of white of the various components. This anecdote ties in nicely with a very interesting interview with John Sculley about Steve Jobs' ways of doing business.
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RE[3]: Akio Morita
by thavith_osn on Sat 16th Oct 2010 00:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Akio Morita"
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Actually, very good points. I love working on new and cutting edge stuff all the time, I was even writing file system drivers at one point (which was a lot of fun for the first few weeks). I feel alive when doing new stuff that hasn't been done, or at least, I haven't seen it :-) I love finding new ways to design things. A good example was working with completion ports to create a very efficient server. I had always approached servers in a very different manner.

What I was trying to say was, once you get your design done and it works and you are ready for a new project, having a boss like Jobs say that the design needs to be 10% faster or able to do x other things would be disheartening, esp. when you have been working 23 hours days to get it done and you think you have pushed it too it's limits. Maybe it's just me. I love finishing up a project and moving onto the next one.

I remember reading back when the Mac was first being created, the boot time was n seconds (I think close to a minute). Jobs wanted it to be 30 seconds or less. The team told him that was not going to happen, but he told them that's what he wanted. They had to go back to the drawing board. They got the boot time to around 30 seconds by the way. I think if I was on that project, I would have been happy with one minute :-) I think most of the companies out there would have been happy with 1 minute. That is one of the differences.

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