Just finished the Steve Jobs book

I just finished the Steve Jobs book on the way home from work tonight.  Wow, what a journey.  [Spoiler Alert!!] Want to know why there’s no power switch on the iPod, iPad or iPhone?  Steve’s last thoughts in the book reflected on death.  Steve was about 50/50 on believing in God.  He thought maybe he just had a desire to believe in an afterlife, to believe that all this knowledge that you accumulate and experience you aquire isn’t wasted, but that your consciousness somehow lives on.  He thought about it for a long time,  then he said “On the other hand, perhaps it’s like and on/off switch–“click” and you’re gone.”  Then he smiled a little and said “Maybe that’s why I never liked to put on/off switches on Apple devices.”

Now there’s something to think about…every time your Apple device freezes up and you’re trying to figure out how to restart it…

Steve Jobs special

I watched the Steve Jobs special “One Last Thing” on PBS tonight.  Interesting, but most of it was the same as what I’m learning as I read the Walter Isaacson book.  I’m on part 2 of 3 of the audiobook.  One thing that probably isn’t in the book that was in the special tonight was the kid that came up with the modified Apple logo for Steve Jobs.  Now I know exactly who I’m apologizing to for this.

Steve sure was a jerk though.  He ripped off Woz, even while they were best friends and he was working at Atari, did a lot of LSD, told everyone their work was either genius or it was utter crap (nothing in-between), and was very very difficult to work with–not only because he always had to get his way, but because, being a vegetarian (and sometimes a fruitarian) he stunk really bad and refused to bathe.  He would even soak his feet in the company toilets!  I guess I know what kept me from making my millions now.


Steve Jobs 1955-2011I recently posted this image on Facebook without posting it here first.  Brilliant.  The story behind it is also posted with the image, but I’ll re-post it here:

A modified Apple logo has been circulating the web with Steve Jobs as the original bite out of the Apple.  I thought about it, and realized Steve is a loss to Apple, and should therefore be an additional piece removed from it.  So I modified the image, moving Steve to the left side.  My apologies to the original artist.

Yes, I am guilty of creating this version, I confess.  The original modified version–with Steve on the right side replacing the original bite mark–was on a solid black background.  I cloned that piece into a hi-res version of the logo I found in Google Images and reversed it, placing it on the other side, then I cloned a bit of the background fog into the black Steve Jobs silhouette.  Piece of cake.  Since the original one was posted, I have noticed a lot of the tech people I follow on Twitter are using it as their icon/profile image/avatar.  If I didn’t dislike Apple as much I do, I would use my version as my profile image.  Let me know if you see this version anywhere else.  Just curious.  Or jealous.

And speaking of my dislike of Apple, I have been trying since yesterday to get Kevin’s iPod updated to iOS 5.  I didn’t know it would wipe the iPod’s contents, and his backup failed, so now I’m trying to restore his last successful backup, which was in September.  Nice.  Hopefully he didn’t lose too much.  We’ll see.

Sour Apples and other things

I was preparing a post ranting about all the shortcomings with the new iPhone 4S just released this week, then Steve Jobs died.  I’ll hold off awhile.  Everyone is busy posting their condolences and remembrances, so it’d probably be pretty bad of me to rant right now.  Sure…I post next to nothing on my site for months, and NOW I decide to write something??

Anyway, I’m back.  Never left, really.  I’ve just been very busy with work (full time), work (side jobs) and family responsibilities.  Like leaving in a hurry so fast (yesterday) that I left my keys on the kitchen counter as I walked out and closed the back door.  A split second after it clicked shut it hit me.  I was in the backyard with a locked house and locked car in the driveway, late for picking up Kevin.  Luckily (on two levels) I hadn’t forgotten my phone!  I was able to call Sandy so she was able to pick up Kevin, and I was able to enjoy my current audiobook while I waited in the backyard for someone to come and let me in.

Captain Hindsight reminded me later that I should have grabbed my Xoom before walking out the door–then I could have watched a MOVIE while I waited.  (No, Captain Hindsight didn’t bother to remind me that I should have grabbed my KEYS either–he’s not THAT good)  It wasn’t so bad though–I got the backyard cleaned up, built a pyramid of wood in the fire pit, and was even able to find a lighter to start a fire with.  It was in the 50’s last night, so I sat by the fire and listened to my book (Stephen Kings “Bag of Bones”) as I waited.  Sandy came home about an hour and a half later, got their chuckling and razzing of me out of the way, and then opened the back door so I could get back in.

I’m going to start posting here more, I’ve decided.  Facebook’s posting size is limited, and they’re constantly changing it, adding more and more advertising, games and crap, so I’ll post all my stuff right here and maybe occasionally I’ll even post an article link on my Facebook page.  If no one reads my stuff, no problem.  I’m used to that already.  This is an outlet for my own thoughts.  A more stable page that doesn’t constantly juggle its contents and format.

Oh, and I was once again forced to disable public comment posting on this site.  You must be a registered user if you want to add comments.  The spammers just start creeping in over time and they don’t stop until they’re fully blocked.  I still have to watch my registered users list now, because eventually they’ll start creating bogus users and creeping in all over again.

More updates, rants, and daily musings coming soon…