06 10 11 - 05:11Let's first remember what he did well: he made computers in white and simplified interfaces, and realized that people would trade a lot of "it's simple and it works" for "I can do anything with it."
Let's then remember what he screwed up:
- Ripoff hardware -- second-rate PC hardware at three times the price. No thanks.
- Consumer-unfriendly units -- it costs $400, and you can't remove the battery, so you need a new one in 18 months.
- Control-oriented operating systems -- customers will screw it up unless you control what they can install.
- Rolled back the clock -- the open market, where one person doesn't make both PC and operating system, has less control but more flexibility.
- Ripped off his partners -- including cheating Steve Wozniak early on.
- Abusive to his workers -- frequently launched into tirades and either overpraised or overcondemned workers.
- Faux hippie -- he bought into BoHo culture and turned it into a trend.
That being said, we're sorry he died -- of AIDS, which is what the press is not covering. Pancreatic cancer? Bullshit. Stage-four, full blown AIDS.
- Post an image and a story to the New York Times about Steve Jobs' untimely AIDS death
- Steve Jobs plans "most unique" death ever