Despite the fact that he has become enshrined as a legend since his death, everything I've heard about Jobs makes him sound like a Grade A Jackass. He is a man who is known for being rude, petulant, argumentative, ****** to work with, unhelpful, secretive, demanding, obsessive, and possessive. Oh yeah and he made everyone believe they need a new $500 phone every 2 years. Brilliant work.
Its no secret that everything that Microsoft "stole" from Apple was invented by Xerox years earlier and never utilized. WYSIWYG, GUI, the freaking internet...
He is known for saying "people don't know what they want until you show them." This is mostly true, and certainly is obvious in kitchen cutlery. But what Jobs showed them was largely a net loss for humanity and the birth of a new pseudo-religious consumer culture.
I found it interesting that S. Jobs' genius was in not inventing, but copying and improving - just like the saying - Greeks didn't invent anything, but everything they copied, they improved on. I think this is very applicable to knife-making - you can't reinvent a wheel, but you might be able to make it turn smoother.
PS: and I love that anecdote of Jobs dressing down B. Gates about stolen icons and mouse design.
As far as the "facts"...well, it's all he-said-she-said, isn't it? Here's what Bob Taylor, head of ARPANET said about who invented the internet:
"I believe the first internet was created at Xerox PARC, circa '75, when we connected, via PUP, the Ethernet with the ARPAnet. PUP (PARC Universal Protocol) was instrumental later in defining TCP.
For the internet to grow, it also needed a networked personal computer, a graphical user interface with WYSIWYG properties, modern word processing, and desktop publishing. These, along with the Ethernet, all came out of my lab at Xerox PARC in the '70s, and were commercialized over the next 20 years by Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Microsoft, Novell, Sun and other companies that were necessary to the development of the Internet."
John Shoch, who worked with Robert Metcalfe on the Ethernet developments at Xerox Parc, and who is at great pains to stay out of debates about who started the Internet, has concluded that PUP (the Parc Universal Protocol) was the first complete, operational set of Internet protocols. Schoch was also involved in the development of TCP/IP at a later date. To quote Shoch,
"Starting around 1974, Xerox PARC designed and deployed an internet architecture called PUP; it was up and running on multiple machines and networks when TCP was just a design for byte stream protocols. Input from Xerox' operational experience helped convince the TCP working group to add the IP packet layer!"
If you want to control a market on something, do something BETTER than anyone else. Fighting over who invented what is a game for petty aristocrats and toddlers.
Everyone knows....I invented the internet....geesh...
Interesting article. I can't say that I'm surprised. As for the relevance to knifemakers... I pretty much think the Japanese have designed and make the best cutters. The better ones are pretty close to perfection, whatever that may be. I guess the moral of the story is copy the Japanese and if you tinker, just change little things like Steve Jobs? I hope I'm not as picky as he seems to have been...