[LINK] Respecting Jobs
kim at holburn.net
Sun Oct 23 22:18:34 AEDT 2011
More comments about Steve Jobs as his biography comes out.
Here is an article which says it pretty well:
> Apple didn’t invent the iPod, they stole the idea and made the music industry their own. The way we buy and listen to music is now shaped almost entirely by Apple’s vision.
> Apple didn’t invent the smartphone, they stole the idea and reshaped the industry in their own vision. Yes, Apple has “copied” bits and pieces of iOS from other sources —notifications is the obvious example — but overall, the future of the mobile industry has been shaped by Apple.
> Apple didn’t invent the tablet computer, they stole the idea and now iOS is the template for the tablet market.
> But the full T.S. Eliot quote is much more interesting and nuanced:
> One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.
> When deciding if you respect someone, look at what they've actually done.
> He didn't make the first computer, just the first computer you could use.
> And the first mp3 player worth buying.
> And the first smart phone that worked.
> And the first tablet people actually want.
> He's the kid who copies off of your test, then gets a better grade than you.
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