Linked by MOS6510 on Sun 6th Oct 2013 10:59 UTC

This wasn't Grignon's typical route to work. He was a senior engineer at Apple in Cupertino, the town just west of Campbell. His morning drive typically covered seven miles and took exactly 15 minutes. But today was different. He was going to watch his boss, Steve Jobs, make history at the Macworld trade show in San Francisco. Apple fans had for years begged Jobs to put a cellphone inside their iPods so they could stop carrying two devices in their pockets. Jobs was about to fulfill that wish. Grignon and some colleagues would spend the night at a nearby hotel, and around 10 a.m. the following day they - along with the rest of the world - would watch Jobs unveil the first iPhone.

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There are actually plenty of decent examples of Microsoft releasing solid innovative products and doing reasonable computer science. Products which appeal to my taste? Not usually. The first two Xboxen were pretty great, Windows 7. ClearType, F#, LINQ, the last few Office releases (excepting bloody Outlook) have been highly usable and pretty solid. And MS peripheral hardware is usually excellent.

But, my original comment was about the men themselves, and the way they are perceived now and in the future. The Good Wife had a nice vignette which captured this; (TGW is a terrific legal procedural which covers some pretty in-depth tech and IP law issues, remarkable for a US mainstream drama) A tinpot-dictatorial character is acting in an abrupt and boorish manner, and it's revealed his behaviour is due to him "reading the Jobs biography".

Essentially, Jobs was an inspirational and skilled Product Manager. Not unique, not unprecedented and not very nice. Let's just try for some perspective, eh?

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