[LINK] Jobs not all bad

Fred Pilcher fpilcher at netspeed.com.au
Sat Oct 8 15:08:29 AEDT 2011

On 10/08/2011 02:39 PM, Stephen Wilson wrote:
> Wow, Fred Pilcher's mean-spirited diatribe against Steve Jobs in today's
> SMH Letters page sure takes the cake.  There's a lot not to like about
> Jobs, and the cult-of-personality is definitely toxic, but Fred himself
> adopts an ironically cultish tone.
> He whinges that all Jobs did was repackage and market existing
> technologies.  Would Fred seriously demean the Apple II as mere
> repackaging of existing technologies?  I'm happy to admit that the Apple
> II changed my life, and absolutely I subscribe to the idea it
> revolutionised computing.
> Fred rants on to casually dismiss Apple's influence on the music
> industry.  He says the iPod is nothing special for there are other ways
> to deliver digital music.  Well, there are all sorts of cars on the road
> today but you'd have to say Henry Ford had a lot to do with bringing
> that about.  For godsake, Jobs even changed the language!  You might
> have an Android device but you still "pod cast" with it.  Empirically,
> that's deep influence, like it or not.

Great ad hominem there, Steve.

I'm mean-spirited, (ironically) cultish, whinging, demeaning, 
ranting...boy, I've touched so many bases in one short letter.

I certainly expected some hate mail in response, but I expected to have 
to wait for tomorrow's Letters page.


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