Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:41 UTC
Apple "Regarding the speech, it is amazing to hear Steve Jobs talk about some things that were not fully realized until only a handful of years ago. This talks shows us just how incredibly ahead of his time he was. I've listened to the entirety of the recording a few times now and have taken extensive notes, of which I will further elaborate on in future blog postings." This 1983 speech by Jobs is not as visionary as it seems. It's virtually identical to Alan Kay's mind-blowing Dynabook vision... From 1968. Kay even describes multitouch (p. 8) and Siri (p. 6). Not entirely coincidentally, Kay joined Apple in 1984. Look people, Steve Jobs was an incredibly talented individual that left a real imprint on the world - you don't need to make him larger than he was.
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And even though I think that NeXT hardware was good but overpriced and NeXT OS probably the best at the time, that doesn't make him any less wrong on nearly all counts.

I watched the video and I have to say I don't understand your criticism. The video was made in 90/91 (not sure which)... The professional workstation market was growing, rapidly, and it continued to grow for another 5 years or so. NexT quit making hardware well before the workstation market peaked - the death of workstations had nothing to do with their failure.

Sure, betting on the workstation market may seem like a bad move 25 years later, but 25 years ago it was a perfectly logical thing to do. No one knew that Intel would drop the Pentium Pro bomb on the whole industry in 1995...

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