A classic example of the Stockholm syndrome.
As rumors spread that Apple's cofounder and former CEO might show up at Tuesday's "Let's talk iPhone" event, a group of clever fanbois has proclaimed next Friday, October 14, as "Steve Jobs Day", and has asked the world to celebrate "a day to honor the man himself and say thank you." The rumors fluttering around the interwebs …
WOW! Am I impressed?
But the Apple Lemmings will be all wet...to be sure.
Now for REAL 14 October holiday celebrations...
Don't see Boy Wonder Day here, however.
Dawkins preserve us! They'll be wanting to make him a saint next. Oh - hang on......saints are usually dead, aren't they? Just sayin'.
He isn't dead yet.
10 days is an awful long time, innit?
Re: Oh please...
Well if the knicker-wetting fanbois keep on with this sort of shit, someone with a slightly shorter fuse than the likes of us could well lose it and fix that.
Change the A for an I and it is half way there!
You had to say it, didn't you...
FFS, He can be a Prick and a Visionary Guys
Sure Jobs is a bit of a prick, but he's also a visionary technologist who brought about modern smart phones and tablets as we know them today.
He ruffles feathers, treats people unfairly and has a legal team that would pull the plug on terminally ill children if ordered to and the law allowed, but the man has been such a positive force in computing. He's given people what they want and wowed people with ideas and drive.
You don't have to agree with him or think he's a "nice person" to acknowledge what he has positively contributed.
Only if by visionary..
You mean salesman.
That has got to be ...
... the stupidest thing I've ever read on ElReg.
Commentards commentardary included.
oh dear god
I normaly try to avoid the fanboy flame wars by not commenting on this sort of sh1t, how ever I think Steve could reinvent himself by remaking the bill shatner sketch "get a life", however i'm not sure he has a sence of humour...
I like ...
That a feature link to an article about David Caminer appears along side this.
I have to say 1066 was the first thing that sprung to my mind.
I assume Jobs will be invading through Normandy?
...in 3... 2... 1...
First up, the 100m Jackass,
then we have the Triple Jerk,
followed by the Synchronised Sour Grapes,
finally the Ignorance/Misinformation/Disingenuous Triathlon
Wear a turtleneck to work, don't give a crap about your customers - it's not a big deal - take all the credit for the work of genii such as Steve Wozniak - you too can take part in Steve Jobs Day.
Now that's just a stupid comment.
Care to name more CEO who even responded to some customer's emails at all? Plus Apple's overall customer service is one of the best in the industry.
Plus how does he take all the the credit? He not only gives credit to his team but also brings along some of the creative geniuses during his keynotes, eg. Jony Ive.
It's fine if you don't like the man, but those are the wrong reasons.
So you're saying it's better for a CEO to reply "No, now sod off" than remain silent?
And I their customer service has been on UK TV's watchdog program more than once.
Sent from my PC
Yes, I can name another CEO
Simon Hackett, CEO of Internode. Not only did he reply to my email but also did so whilst on holiday. And he solved a pressing problem for me. Top geezer.
Even Neil Burkett of Virgin Media infamy replied to an email, and passed me on to someone who sorted out an installation issue.
It's a shame it had to go that far, and they're still useless but hey, at least they tried! :)
Virgin Media? Internode?
We're talking about global companies, not your neighbourhood ISPs.
Wake me up when you get an e-mail reply from Steve Ballmer, Larry Page, Leo Apotheker, Choi Gee Sung...
Yes, his replies are short but effective. He once replied to a question I sent related to movie production and even got a senior director at Pixar to get in touch and give me some guidance on a project. That's 5 stars service in my book.
Well ... I have email archived from Tom Watson, Grace Hopper, and both Hewlett & Packard. Throw in rms & ken, and an odd sprinkling of early ARPANet folks, followed by bemused comments by Steve Case & Ted Leonsis, and I think I can safely say that Jobs answering email personally ain't exactly unique.
Did you spend any time with Usenet in the early days? If so, you'll know t'Brass weren't exactly uncomfy using text to communicate with the cognizant ...
I can also safely say that Steve's not the guy you think he is ... That's all marketing bullshit. He's actually quite personable, in person ... I know, he was my neighbor for several years in North Palo Alto's Johnson Park neighborhood. We often shared iced tea on my front porch. I never once felt the urge to hit him firmly on the nose in RealLife[tm] ... Why he allows his marketing department to portray him that way is beyond me^W^W a matter of finances.
As a side note, it's not a "team". It's a "marketing department". Spot the difference, win a cookie/biscuit.
"Care to name more CEO who even responded to some customer's emails at all?"
"No not that one"
"No, he doesn't count"
"I've not heard of him therefore he doesn't exist"
"Well he was nice to me, so bollocks to the rest of you."
Summarised for you.
@jake: Lol ARPANET? Is that really a serious comparison? OK I have x400 emails from the Swiss president but I was hoping something in the last say 10 years, you know, when CEOs started getting 1000s of emails a day?
@rameses: not really a summary, people just need to have a better sense of porportion? I trade emails with my fishmonger every day and he owns the shop but he would be a bad example to compare with the a CEO of a major multinational company.
I've even listed a few smilar positioned CEOs, if you are an end user who got emails from any of them I'll be happy to be told I'm wrong in my judgment.
Yes I have
I've had email from Scott NcNeally on an issue I had with some Sun kit.
Do you even know who the Toms Watson were? Or Grace Hopper? Or who ken is? Or rms? Much less their place in history that makes your fondle-slab possible?
Shirley you know who Hewlett & Packard were. Hopefully you know who Case and Leonsis are ... But maybe not. You might be too young. The fact that you laugh off the likes of Bob Kahn & Vint Cerf tells me all I need to know. Get back to school, child. You still have a lot to learn.
I get nearly weekly emails from the CEO of Zenith Infotech - A global technology company and a leader in backup solutions, and can pick up the phone and call the VP of operations if I want (and have in the past)
The difference between them and Steve "I buy transplants to survive cancer for another few years" Jobs is that they don't tell me to sod off when I call or email them, they step on their employees to fix the problem, and make it right by the customer.
Then again, I'm sure you're going to say they don't count because they are Indian aren't you.
Kind of sad, really...
Anyway, I'd rather dress like Steve Jobs than like Mary Queen of Scots for a day. Just saying.
You forgot the most important one ..
Oct 14th, I was born .. Surely the most momentous birth since that of the universe and easily eclipsing that minor dustup in 1066 ..
Oct 14th ... most momentous birth since that of the universe
So you are saying the universe was formed on Oct 14th?! ... I'm impressed you can be that accurate.
Or tjhen again
Go towards the light, Steve
“I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mindless gobbledygook. It's far easier to build a giant needle and find a camel to go through it, than to find cloud like Disneyland world to begin with (I was talking about iTunes, do you think I would risk being beaten up by Christians by saying it was heaven?).
"You can't take it with you."
There. Simpler, shorter and the meaning is more obvious too.
Isn't that just a way for the corrupt churches of the world to steal money from the real suckers and cultist? Scary people
Learn your history
In the quote, the thing the camel is passing through is actually a proper noun. The Eye of the Needle was a very narrow gate into the city, made for people on foot. You could get a camel through it, but it would be very, very difficult. Hence, what Jesus meant was not that it was impossible for the rich to get into heaven, but that they'd have to work extremely hard to do it.
Rich men can afford Blendtec.
Urban Myth alert!
Except there has never been any evidence of the existence of such a gate or of any entrance to the city with that name .
I think what the chap in the book meant was the actual eye of an actual needle.
It is still possible, however; one could blend the camel then pour it through.
Learn your history, pt II
"In the quote, the thing the camel is passing through is actually a proper noun."
The reason for the camel/needle conjunction here is because the word 'camel' refers not to a foul-tempered ship of the desert but to one of its original meanings. As any schoolboy should know a camel is also a rope.
This is why then the eye of the needle makes sense here; in other words it's hard to get a rope through the eye of a needle.
Ou la la
Ils sont fous, ces fanboise.
Tout a fait;
donc il faut on n'oublie pas que le "détesteurs" sont vachement rien d'autre d'un bande des branleurs.
I've Just Seen a Face
Looking at that pic of Jobs it strikes me that while he was relieving the Beatles of their record label's name and logo, he pilfered Lennon's jumper and specs too. Can't that thieving so-and-so come up with ANYTHING original..?
[pulls on asbestos long johns]
I don't mind
I don't mind honouring him, for his spectacular success in business. I have nothing to thank him for, though: I may have admired an Apple product from a distance, for its looks, but I have never felt the need to get any closer, let alone buy one.
Well done Steve, but, err ...no thanks.
Punch line # 1:
I'd rather have an available jobs day.
Punch line # 2:
I'd rather have a blow jobs day.
October 14th I'm going to eat MY birthday cake. And not wearing a freakin turtleneck!
They got the wrong day...
...25th of December, surely.
Wow! it's going to be a total suckfest!
see AC Tuesday 4th October 2011 05:26 GMT
fanboi's : there's no need to thank SJ - you thank him with your dollars ... he loves them more than your approval.
"Neither Steve Jobs nor anyone at Apple is in any way involved"
.... I expect they, or more accurately their lawyers, will be fairly soon!
He's gets up the morning, takes a dump, has a shave and eats breakfast. Just the same as millions of us do every day! He has a knack for hiring the best people able to spot a good trend and make Mr Jobs even wealthier. Good for him, I sincerely wish him all the best!
To borrow a line from BlackAdder:
"When asked who most people would rather meet, Steve Jobs or the man who cleans the toilets in Aberdeen city centre? It's wee Jock Poo-Pong McPlop every time!"