Monday, October 10, 2011

Death of Steve Jobs

OK. So, last week Steve Jobs died by complications caused by his cancer. He died relatively young at the age of 56.

As most of you know, Steve Jobs was one of the founders of Apple, and also the CEO for a long period of time. Now, Steve Jobs wasn't a tech savvy guy. He was no Bill Gates, nor was he some coding developer genius. He was just some guy who wanted to make money.

Now, a lot of fan boys are going to freak out now by saying that Steve Jobs vision was that the Personal Computer should be a tool available to everyone. WRONG, that's just what he said in some fancy interviews. Why? Because public image is everything for a company. You want people to think that you're the "good guys". I mean who in their right minds will want to be associated or support "bad" and "unethical" companies?

Steve Jobs, was a master of deceit, litigation and theft. Did you know that almost none of the successful Apple products were actually Apple products? In fact, Apple is among the top tier of companies that has been involved in litigation processes regarding patents and settlements. Did you know that Steve Jobs had a daughter, that he denied even in court claiming he was sterile?

So why do we not hear all this crap? Publicity. Apple has done a great job, mostly with the help of Steve Jobs excellent manipulation skills, of establishing a cult around their product lines. That's why even though they were struggling for so long, they still had an adamant fanbase that was willingly shouting the name of their "favorite" brand throughout everything. This elitism, is based upon nothing more than to play on the sensation of being "exclusive". Something which, for a very long time, struggled as an idea to get established in the working class.

When I read posts about how Steve Jobs opened the world of IT to the commons, I seriously don't know whether to cry or freak out over how retarded such claims are. Steve Jobs did everything he could to restrain evolution of technology. Most people seem to have forgotten that when iPods were first released, they didn't work unless you had a Mac. Most people seem to have forgotten about how Apple battled standards regarding ports and what not. How many Mac owners, to this day, use adapters because they otherwise can't use their other monitors?

Apple's strategy is pretty simple, once you buy something from them, they want you to be stuck with them for life. That means, whatever you may require, be it hardware related or software related, you must go through them - and as such they can get more money out of you. I don't think that's "opening the world", if anything it's closing it. If I want to buy an external monitor for my laptop, I can just walk into any electronic shop and buy a monitor, knowing it will work. If I have a Mac, I gotta worry about picking up adapters or be forced to just buy the Apple hardware, which is of course much more expensive.

This idea of monopolizing hardware/software to their product is far from "bringing the computer to the commons". 

Let's leave Apple aside and speak of him personally a bit as well. People bash Bill Gates all over the world, calling him corrupt, calling Windows evil and what not. The irony of this all is, Steve Jobs has not donated a single cent of his immense wealth back to the world. Be it via research funding or simply just charitable donations to organisation in dire need. They were even criticized by GreenPeace for being the least environmentally friendly company. Bill Gates on the other hand, donates millions every year to combat poverty, disease and illiteracy. But yet, Bill Gates is the bad guy and Steve Jobs is a saint.

I can't help to think about the irony of the situation. Medical research in cancer treatment and other currently incurable diseases is in dire need of research funding. And when he has never donated a single cent, it's kind of ironic that he got affected by one of the least understood (treatment wise) cancers out there. 
Steve Jobs had an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. This represents about 1% of all pancreatic cancers diagnosed every year in the US. Researchers don't know nearly enough of this form of cancer as they do with other more common pancreatic cancers. So of course, because funding is limited, you'd rather invest money and time to research on more common cancers instead of worrying about the most rare ones. It's just logical thinking that you prioritize saving maybe tens of thousands, maybe millions of lives instead of worrying about thousands. 

Anyway, dying sucks and no one should die at such a young age. But in all honesty, I don't mourn the death of Steve Jobs, in fact I think the world of IT will be a less of an evil place when people who share his sentiment decrease in the total. There are thousands of people who die every day, of far more tragic circumstances, that were far more useful to society and mankind than Steve Jobs was, or would ever have been.

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