Although Steve Jobs was worshiped deity on his death,and not dragged through the streets of sirte and paraded on a car hood like a felled prize stag such as Gaddafi, there are some weird and perplexing connections between such powerful figures, from the captains of industry to maniac dictators. One realized the close proximity in which they circle each other. Steve Jobs dressing down the President and near pathological enmity to corporate rivals is almost legendary. Not even the calming balm of zen buddhism could temper Job’s hot blood….
“They are usually charming, charismatic and intelligent,” wrote James Fallon, an American neuroscientist, in Psychology Today….After studying the behaviour of dictators, Mr. Fallon determined that genes, upbringing, abnormalities in the brain and a lack of empathy all played a role in forming such a person. And, he concluded, “It is no coincidence that all dictators are men.” …In an interview, Michael Kraus, a social-personality psychologist at the University of California San Francisco who studies power and domination, said power frees people to “be exactly how they are at their core.” That means nice people will be “extra nice” in power, while aggressive, deceitful people will be uber-aggressive and wildly deceitful.
“Our research shows that power gives people the freedom to express their true traits and attributes,” Mr. Kraus said.“Nice people are very, very agreeable when they’re in power. In the case of a dictator, absolute power allows them to express themselves as more hostile and less pro-socially oriented. Power basically lets you behave how you’d like to behave without fear or external influences.” Read More:http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/10/22/peter-goodspeed-abnormal-brains-only-partly-explain-what-makes-someone-a-dictator/
On what Bill Gates thinks of Steve Jobs
Bill Gates was fascinated by Mr. Jobs but found him “fundamentally odd” and “weirdly flawed as a human being.” He believed he had a tendency to be “either in the mode of saying you were shit or trying to seduce you.”Mr. Jobs once declared about Mr. Gates: “He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”…
…After 30 years, Mr. Gates would develop a grudging respect for Mr. Jobs. “He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works,” he said. But Mr. Jobs never reciprocated by fully appreciating Mr. Gates’s real strengths. “Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.” Read More:http://aol.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/aolstory/TGAM/20111022/NWJOBSBIO1022ATL
Not Apple. It is a slow learner. Its history is dotted with foolish decisions that have ensured the opposite outcome to that intended. That’s a common enough phenomenon in this world….
…But Apple does folly better than all of these. Ever since i
ew the chance in the early 1980s to make the Apple II the microcomputer standard instead of the IBM PC, it has committed one act of corporate foolishness after another.
The Apple III was a disaster, rushed onto the market way before it was ready. The Lisa, the company’s first attempt at a machine with a graphical user interface, was overpriced and underfunctioned, and disappeared without trace.
Even the Macintosh, a great computer and one of the most seminal products ever released, has suffered from constant poor decisions. And don’t even get me started on the first Macintosh “portable”, or on Apple’s repeated half-hearted attempts to address the corporate market.
But by far Apple’s biggest mistake has been in not opening the Mac’s architecture to other developers. It actually did do this for a short time but then reversed its decision when it found that other companies could make and sell perfectly good Mac clones at a much lower price.
Rather than work with these people, Apple peremptorily withdrew its licensing from the clone makers to ensure that only Apple could make Macintoshes. It’s called cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Another giant mistake was the “Star Trek” balls-up. In the early ’90s, following the initial success of Microsoft Windows, Apple thought it might be a good idea to port its much-superior operating system to the Intel platform. It developed the software, a technological tour de force that made an ordinary PC indistinguishable from a Macintosh. But the software, codenamed “Star Trek” (to boldly go where no Mac has gone before) was never released, because Apple didn’t want to muddy the waters at the same time it was moving from the Motorola to the PowerPC chip.
And a dozen years ago, Apple also walked away, at the 11th hour, from discussions with IBM about merging. It would have created a PC powerhouse, and the deal was all but done. Apple and IBM senior executives met at a hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in October 1994 to thrash out the final details. At the last minute, Apple’s CEO Michael Spindler demanded more money, and the IBM guys walked away.
Apple’s recent dummy spit over Young’s book comes just after it sued some young bloggers for publishing details of new Macs they had heard about from friends working at Apple. Apple is paranoid about controlling information about itself, while pretending to champion free speech and creativity. Apple’s corporate slogan is “Think different” – memorable, if ungrammatical. The problem is, Apple always thinks the same.
In the past few years the iPod and continued innovation of the Macintosh architecture have ensured Apple’s survival where many – myself included – had predicted its demise. But if it continues its own march of folly, that demise will be inevitable.Read More:http://www.theage.com.au/news/Perspectives/Why-Apple-and-folly-go-handinglove/2005/05/09/1115584883745.html