Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Oct 2013 14:26 UTC
Apple

This fascinating documentary was filmed from December 1985 to March 1986 at NeXT's team retreat in Pebble Beach. It offers a rare glimpse of Steve's vision, aspirations and managerial approach.

Remarkable documentary - several planning meetings and discussions during NeXT's early days, with Steve Jobs and his team, many of which also worked on the Macintosh. You have to see this.

Via Typographica.

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RE[7]: Sorry
by burnttoys on Tue 29th Oct 2013 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Sorry"
burnttoys
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2008-12-20

I admit that I only scanned the videos as I am very well acquainted with the work of Mr Engelbart & Mr Kay.

Apple licensed the GUI concepts from Xerox (PARC) after seeing them prior to initial work on the Mac. Those concepts had been bouncing around inside Xerox for a few years and if they had stayed there would, probably, still be there. All Xerox tried to do was sell an insanely expensive office "solution". It appeared they had no deep idea or vision about what this technology means. To summarise that, this technology (the GUI) is not about running offices or making the world paperless - it is about the communications medium between man and machine. Xerox, at least at management level, just saw "paperless office" not "conversing with a computer".

What, famously, happened next (as I recall from Byte BITD) was a 3 way Mexican stand-off between Xerox, Apple and Microsoft.

As for Alan Kay, well, he worked for Apple! I know this video predates his investiture there but that is of little purpose and only highlights that Steve Jobs understood how Alan Kay's vision could purpose his own.

As for Doug - well, flat out, the guys a genius and lightyears ahead of the curve. Just about everybody that came after him owes him a debt both of gratitude and, probably, money!

The suggestion appears to be that to avoid the label of "thief" Steve Jobs must have had to have written every last line of code, had every insight into man-machine interfaces, purified every silicon wafer and etched every PCB trace.That argument would be impotent.

Steve Jobs, like Bill Gates, possessed an idea and went out to find every last scrap of resource that could be used to create that idea. A PC on every desktop. A bicycle for the mind.

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RE[8]: Sorry
by kckc on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Sorry"
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2011-01-06

Nicely written and strengthen my claims.
He never invented something or make breakthrough from the technical or scientific point of view.
But from entrepreneur point of view he is to commended highly. The video shows this nicely, how he managed to inspire people, convince them to drop secure jobs at apple and ultimately force them to make great product in year and a half (which is very small window for such a product). How he saw an opportunity in specific segment of market and took that opportunity. The same principle can be seen when he returned to apple and set up a new vision oriented to small devices and consumer electronics. After that iPhone was just a evolutionary step, but the great mental shift for Apple was iPod.

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