Posted 2031 days ago
For those of you who might be a little behind in the news it was mentioned earlier today that Steve Jobs checked into Stanford Hospital over the weekend and was going under the knife at some point today. Well it appears that TechCrunch due to their own more trusted sources close to the Big Guy of Apple has just posted a little ditty by Michael Arrington hisself refuting the story
Our own source, who is significantly more believable than some person at some party, says Jobs is in the office today in meetings and most definitely not undergoing surgery. Does that mean he might go under the knife tomorrow instead? Do we really need to know?
However that wasn’t the real kicker – no that was saved for the last line of the post
Let Steve Jobs do his job and live his life. Just because you can write a story doesn’t mean you have to.
Are you fucking kidding me on this?
Talk about the kettle calling the pot black – Michael saying that just because you can write a story doesn’t mean you have to .. how frikken hilarious it that.
I only have one thing more to say before I book myself in to the hospital to get this split gut looked at
Posted 2044 days ago
You can say what you want about Steve Jobs but the one thing you definitely can’t say is that he is stupid man. While he may have built a solid team around him in the latter years in the beginning after his return to Apple he helped bring the company from the precipice of failure and for that he will always be remembered.
Unfortunately in the last little while his health problems have been proving to be more of a distraction that both he and Apple thought it would and as such Silicon Valley Insider is reporting that Steve Jobs is stepping down from the day to day operations of Apple. While he will still be involved in any major strategic decisions Tim Cook will be taking over the day to day business. The following is the email that was sent out to all Apple employees
I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.
In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.
Even though I may be sarcastic sometimes about Apple and Jobs I truly wish him the best and that he recovers fully from whatever health problems he is having.
Posted 2433 days ago
Our society has a long tradition of writing, reading and enjoying satire even to the point that in most countries those producing satirical pieces are protected under the law. Given that most satire is a method of poking fun; in varying degrees of nastiness, humor or light-heartedness depending on who is doing the poking and who is being poked, you can take much of what is being said by the writer with a grain of salt. Satire is more of a commentary on something or someone rather than actual news or editorial content.
On the Internet; especially since the explosion of blogs, satire has found a new outlet with some of the notables being The Onion and the many Fake [insert famous person's name] blogs of which The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs (FSJ) is probably the most famous. Up until recently the real author was unknown but then he was outed which is when we discovered that Fake Steve’s real identity was David Lyons from Forbes.com. Now I am not a regular reader of FSJ which is why I only came across the reason for this post in a round about way.
It appears from the last few posts on FSJ that David (aka Fake Steve) has received an email from lawyers purporting to be from Apple’s legal department with an offer of money payable to David if he would shutdown the FSJ blog. Apparently they don’t like the idea of of someone impersonating the illustrious leader and becoming famous in the process. According to Fake Steve their latest email to him also held an implied threat against his financial security along with an attached list of his assets and their worth.
Of course one’s immediate reaction is one of total outrage; which after all would be a normal reaction except for one thing. FSJ is a satire site where one has to always question the authenticity of what is written. It’s not like FSJ isn’t known for well stirring any pot of controversy he can. So once one steps back and gets the outrage under control one has to question the veracity of these posts. Is this a case of the boy calling wolf or is it in fact true events.
If in fact this is the truth and David Lyons (aka Fake Steve) is being threatened in this manner then my support for him is there and I truly hope that he doesn’t bow to the pressure. That said if this is true then we are seeing the first of what could be a concerted move after their success against ThinkSecret by Apple against any site or blog that talks smack against Apple. Regardless of how all those bloggers who said the whole ThinkSecret mess didn’t amount to a hill of beans the fact is that Apple now figures it has carte blanche to do as it wishes against anyone who posts about Apple.
So David if this in fact true then I am afraid you have just stepped into it and not only your future is at stake as a blogger but so is the future of any blogger. If you let Apple pressure you into closing without a fight it will open the doors to any company to do the same.
The ThinkSecret mess has changed the rules of the game and FSJ is the new line in the sand.
Posted 2539 days ago
I was reading a few of the posts being written today as part of the fallout of the price cut for the iPhone and it was during reading Robert Cringely’s post The Puppet Master that I got to wondering about this whole Apple – Steve Jobs thing.
First it was Steve Jobs.
Then in 1983 it was John Sculley.
This was followed by a downward spiral that threatened the existence of the company known as Apple.
Then in 1997 under the guise of buying NeXT Steve Jobs returned to the company as its new CEO.
Bye Bye Sculley.
From that point on Apple has seen nothing but an upward climb in all areas that gets touched by the Jobs Midas touch. Even with the kick in the nether regions of those iPhone early adopters as Apple announced a $200.00 price cut of the jesus phone the Jobs mystic remains as untarnished as usual.
Sure the pissed of early adopters will take their $100.00 “oops - we’re sorry to have pissed you off” store credits clutched in their hands and spend double that while cursing the Apple name; but dollars to donuts they’ll still be first in line at the next super secret product release praising the power of Jobs.
This all begs the single simple question:
What happens when Jobs finally walks away from Apple for good?