Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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RE[3]: It's a good point
by kaiwai on Fri 26th Aug 2011 09:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's a good point"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

The reality is that Jobs was a crazy hippy and Gates was the greatest businessman in the world. That is why MS won.

In fact Jobs probably would have bankrupted Apple if he wasn't forced to leave in 1985. The Lisa was a total fiasco and the Mac was a commercial failure until people discovered desktop publishing.


If you've actually read anything about Steve Jobs him getting fired was the best thing that could have happen to him (he and his closest friends have said that publicly) - lets also take into account the fact that Tim Cook is a HUGE moderating factor that counter balances Steve's sometimes single minded focus that blinds him to the larger picture. It is Tim Cook who negotiates and works behind the scenes grinding down the suppliers, securing supplies through large capital injections into partners etc.

All your final paragraph showed was Apple being ahead of its time rather than being an all our flop.

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RE[4]: It's a good point
by unclefester on Fri 26th Aug 2011 10:13 in reply to "RE[3]: It's a good point"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

[All your final paragraph showed was Apple being ahead of its time rather than being an all our flop.


Apple wasn't "ahead of it's time". The Mac was an underpowered expensive toy that sold very poorly. It was by pure dumb luck Apple survived. The credit goes to the laser printer, Aldus and Quark for creating the DTP market. This was not something Apple had even anticipated.

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RE[4]: It's a good point
by apoclypse on Fri 26th Aug 2011 13:40 in reply to "RE[3]: It's a good point"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

I would also wager he is the driving force behind all of the litigation. He was the first one to mention that Apple was going to start to heavily litigate against those they thought were benefitting from Apple's innovation. Given his role in the company and a general description of the man, I definitely think he has a lot to do with the current patent wars going on.

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