When Steve Jobs was dying and then Walter Isaacson’s masterful biography was released, I read it. And I was surprised because I always kind of dismissed Jobs as a niche visionary with terrible people skills. After reading the biography, I had an entirely different view. I felt like I’d gotten beyond the headlines and the hype. Isaacson did a marvelous job and painted a picture of the man with all his warts and all his genius. If you havent’ read STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson, you should consider it … read it for the story and the drama and a glimpse into the man, the times and the industry.
Still, I didn’t watch the movie until tonight. I’d gotten kind of burned out on “icon” movies and the cult of personality, especially associated with technology and social media. So, I was channel surfing and caught most of the movie. Now I recommend it too.
I own one Apple product, an iPod for my music, but I use iTunes across devices. I use MS Windows working for the federal government and I play with android, smartphones, e-readers and tablets by choice. I think Apple users pay too much, but get exactly what they’re paying for: style, simplicity and safety. It has fewer bugs and security issues, but they have few choices and must get Apple’s approval for everything.
If android every figures out multi-tasking, i.e. having more than one window open at a time, then I would probably give up MS Windows altogether. Meanwhile, I enjoy how customizable it is (both hardware and software), the variety of devices, and its integration in so many fields and locations. I just wish the change between Windows 7 and Windows 10 hadn’t been so drastic and … they should have just skipped Windows 8/8.1.