Hey Apple – Happy 15 years of MP3 Portable Music Player Awesomeness. Thanks for our 6.5oz – 5 GB – 1,000 song MP3 player that had the first original 20 minute skip protection with a Firewire chargeable battery that provided 10 continuous hours of music playback in an ultra-portable device that ultimately changed the world! I think we can all safely say the last 15 years was better then the 15 years that proceeded it … all due to the ability of rocking out to our own music anywhere we could possibly dream, on our iPods!
I remember my first iPod party … it took 2.5 days to continuously and randomly play all 1,035 songs on my iPod. Ironically, the final song played happened to be “Closing Time” by Semisonic. 2.5 years later Apple partnered with HP + Compaq to to introduce the first and only iPod licensed product called the “Apple iPod by HP”. What a bullshit move really, for Apple fanatics … but in reality it was genius. HP’s tagline at the time was “Invent” which was laughable, but in 2004 HP shipped over 30 million computers, which all had iTunes compounded with the iTunes Music Store as the default music player. The rest of the story … is just history.
Beautiful work by Hadi Partovi from code.org for creating a pretty remarkable video about ideas, coding, and awesomeness from the leaders of today.
Steve Jobs – Apple
Bill Gates – Microsoft
Jack Dorsey – Twitter
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
Vanessa Hurst – Girl Develop It
Ruchi Sangvi – Dropbox
Drew Houston – Dropbox
Elena Silenok – Clothia.com
Gabe Newell – Valve
Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
Makinde – Facebook
Tony Hsieh – Zappos
Bronwen Grimes – Valve
will.i.am – The Black Eyed Peas
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A nice little recap of the generation I was so fortunate to have grown up in. Thanks for sharing the wealth of knowledge in the biography of your life Steve Jobs. If you haven't read Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs... I suggest you try it out. But since I don't read, plan a gigantic road trip and listen to it like I did.
Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs (Unabridged)
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As 2011 draws to a close and 2012 comes upon us... I would like to insert the event of losing Steve Jobs as the most impactful story that crossed my life this past year. Welcome to the memory bank Steve, you were here before and you will forever remain.
More on this from me to come at a later date...
For now you can consume these.
[WIRED — Steven Levy]
[UNIX – Where it all came from]
I remember when the first time I saw the TV ad, back when it first came out.
It changed my life.
It was the first commercial I’d ever seen in my life, that actually spoke to me, my true self, and not just to, like pretty much EVERY SINGLE OTHER COMMERCIAL out there, whatever short-term, trivial needs I had going on that day.
It was then I knew that I wasn’t just one of the crazy ones, but that it was also IMPERATIVE to actually be one of the crazy ones. That my life and soul demanded it.
It’s not what Steve Jobs created in his his brief but incandescent life- the computers, iPods, iPhones etc etc- that isn’t the big story.
And what we created with his his products, that isn’t the big story, either.
The big story is what Steve helped us believe about ourselves. By putting his balls on the line, again and again, he made it easier for us to do the same.
And so we did.
Thank you, Steve. You will be missed. Of course you frickin’ will…
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Sorry if it’s just me — but when you are trying to convey new technologies like a 326ppi Retina Display on a new iPhone 4 that has a display resolution of 960×640… you might want to figure out your streaming solutions.
Does the new iPhone 4 allow me to bluetooth pair with my laptop and send sms messages from a keyboard like my T68i from 2001?