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June 1, 2012

Steve Jobs Almost Named The iMac The MacMan, Until This Guy Stopped Him

One by one, I took Steve through our five finalist names. I quickly moved through such also-rans as “MiniMac” (this was long before the Mac mini) and ended with a flourish on “iMac.” I made the case that not only was “iMac” concise and easy to remember, but the “i” could stand for other things. There was the obvious association with the Internet, but it could also stand for “individual” and “imagination.” Unfortunately, that ending flourish didn’t have the desired effect on Steve.

“I hate them all. ‘MacMan’ is better.”

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October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

The best obituary of Steve Jobs I’ve read this evening, by Steven Levy.

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April 21, 2010

Mac & the iPad

Bruce Tognazzini on Apple & Steve Jobs: “His harsh treatment of both the ideas of, as well as the people of, the original Mac team led them to buy Steve a special red rubber stamp that said, “THIS IS S___!” so he could just stamp each page of their design submissions, instead of having to wear out his hand writing.”

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January 5, 2009

Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs

The bitter payoff of the final paragraph is epic. I can only dream of being able to compose something so perfectly pointed. I’d probably have gone with “Fuck yous all. kthxbai”

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July 14, 2008

Gates vs. Jobs The Game // Current

Some geek silliness on the Current site.

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July 4, 2007

Blackfriars' Marketing: Dissecting Steve Jobs' reality distortion field

Good breakdown of some of the things Steve Jobs does that makes him such a compelling presenter.

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May 31, 2007

VIDEO: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Highlight Reel | D5 | AllThingsD

Clips from their joint interview (the full interview is also available). BillG clarifying he’s not Fake Steve Jobs is one of the most bizarre, awesome and meta things I’ve heard in a long time.

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October 16, 2006

Q&A: Jobs on iPod's Cultural Impact - Newsweek

Steve Jobs: “I’ve seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you’ve gone through all that, the girl’s got up and left! You’re much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you’re connected with about two feet of headphone cable.”. Subtle subtext: “iPods get you laid”

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September 29, 2006

Steve Jobs: "And Boom!"

And Boom!

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April 3, 2006

YouTube - NeXTSTEP Release 3 Demo

Steve Jobs — The original screencaster. This is from _fourteen_ years ago - round about the time Microsoft were releasing Windows 3.1.

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January 5, 2006

Guardian Unlimited | Behind the magic curtain

A former Apple employee gives some insight into the lead-up to a Steve Jobs keynote.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.