We never get what want

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by stoid, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. stoid macrumors 601

    stoid

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    I've been thinking about the history and current state of the computer industry and have come upon some interesting anomalies.

    Steve Jobs - wanted power by bringing creative machines to the masses, instead he's a cool pop culture icon

    Bill Gates - wanted to be cool by bringing useful technology to business and home, instead he's a powerful techno overlord figure


    Microsoft - brands themselves primarily as a software company, however the vast majority of their software either sucks or is happily mediocre while their hardware branches (mice, XBox) produce a rather good product

    Apple - brands themselves primarily as a hardware company, however their hardware is often lackluster in performance (though arguably in amazingly design enclosures) while their software branches (OS X, iLife) produce a rather good product.

    We seem to have an industry abundant in misfits. :cool:
     
  2. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    I basically agree with you, but I don't think SJ is a cool icon. Yes to techies, but I know a lot of people who don't know who that is. (Pixar has a hand in his coolness), plus I think SJ has power :cool:
     
  3. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    Now that I think about it, those aren't far off. My favorites are how microsoft and apple have opposite focuses and yet wind up in each other focuses.;)
     
  4. stoid thread starter macrumors 601

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    Maybe not so much any more, but in Apple's early days 'The Steve' was practically a rock star in a business suit. Often featured in TIME or BusinessWeek, so much that the press made a huge deal out of the NeXT start-up, which turned out to be a conspicuous failure.
     

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