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May
12th
Tue

Steve Jobs, in a 2003 Rolling Stone Interview

You’re well-known as being a technological optimist. Do you still feel as hopeful about what technology has done for us as a culture as you did, say, twenty years ago?
Oh, yeah. I think it’s brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television — but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.

Why do you call television the most corrosive of technology you’ve ever seen?
Because the average American watches five hours a day of television, and television is a passive medium. Television doesn’t turn your brain on. Or, television can be used to turn your brain off, and that’s what it’s mostly used for. And that’s a wonderful thing sometimes — but not for five hours a day.
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May
11th
Mon
I find it fascinating that a huge portion of iPhone usability training is done via the TV ads, pre-sale. They’re both marketing and instruction.
Apr
8th
Wed
I’m a huge fan of stem cells. I spent my first few weeks as stem cells.
— Bill Nye, on campus 4/7/2009
Mar
30th
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Mar
23rd
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What I had been hoping to do was catch a glimpse of what’s there when you pull back all those layers. What’s under there is innovation, but where does it come from? I had given up on getting an answer to this question when I made a jokey observation that before long somebody would probably start making white headphones so that people carrying knockoffs and tape players could fool the world into thinking they had trendy iPods.

Jobs shook his head. ”But then you meet the girl, and she says, ‘Let me see what’s on your iPod.’ You pull out a tape player, and she walks away.” This was an unanticipated, and surprisingly persuasive, response.

— Steve Jobs on competitors to the iPod
Mar
9th
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Feb
18th
Wed
Pepsi introducing sugar-sweetened cola, “Pepsi throwback”

Pepsi introducing sugar-sweetened cola, “Pepsi throwback”

Feb
11th
Wed
My frustration is much like that of the Mac users of old. Here’s an awesome, obvious, inevitable idea, seemingly thwarted at every turn by widespread consumer misunderstanding and an endemic lack of will among the big players.
Feb
9th
Mon
Coming soon to a PowerMac G5 near me

Coming soon to a PowerMac G5 near me

Feb
6th
Fri

Clair de Lune by Debussy

Jan
24th
Sat
Happy 25th Anniversary to the Mac! (more)

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Mac! (more)

Jan
22nd
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Jan
21st
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Jan
20th
Tue
The first-ever White House Blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/

The first-ever White House Blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/