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

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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japh
Member since:
2005-11-11

I honestly wonder (and this is from someone who passionately hated Microsoft's behaviour during the late nineties, early noughties) whether Bill Gates will be seen as far more historically important by the time we hit the end of the century.


The end of the century is almost 90 years away. Personally, I doubt that either Gates or Jobs will be remembered that much at all by that time.

Who will be seen as more historically important?
Me, I think they will probably be though of the same way. They were both the names behind technologies whose time had come.
If not them, someone else. They didn't invent, they brought it to the masses, riding on a wave they didn't create themselves.

That being said, we still remember the name Henry Ford, even if everyone probably believes that we'd still have cars, more or less the same even without him.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The end of the century is almost 90 years away. Personally, I doubt that either Gates or Jobs will be remembered that much at all by that time.


Gates will probably be remembered as the greatest philanthropist in history. If he succeeds in eliminating malaria he will have saved the lives of over 100 million people by 2100.

That being said, we still remember the name Henry Ford, even if everyone probably believes that we'd still have cars, more or less the same even without him.


Fords genius was making extremely cheap, very reliable mass-produced cars available for the first time. His cars weren't particularly advanced but his manufacturing methods were totally revolutionary.

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japh Member since:
2005-11-11

Gates will probably be remembered as the greatest philanthropist in history. If he succeeds in eliminating malaria he will have saved the lives of over 100 million people by 2100.


If. The question was about computing though.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Fords [...] manufacturing methods were totally revolutionary.

Not totally revolutionary, the seeds of production line were present in the centuries before.

Edited 2013-10-12 19:25 UTC

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Who will be seen as more historically important?
Me. [snip]


This is how I read it first time around. I was agog to hear what you were planning on doing in the next 90 years to garner such a reputation, but alas ...

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