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Steve Jobs in his own words

Macworld staff | Oct. 10, 2011
One of the most inspirational characters of our time, it's difficult to know how to put Steve Jobs into words. So we've chosen to use the words of the man himself.

"But you also make a lot of crap. Just get rid of the crappy stuff and focus on the good stuff."

In 1985 he made some predictions about the future of computing and the internet to Playboy:

"The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people - as remarkable as the telephone."

"We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn't build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren't going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build."

He told the same publication about what it was like to work on the Macintosh.

"I don't think I've ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end. It was as though we knew that once it was out of our hands, it wouldn't be ours any more. When we finally presented it at the shareholders' meeting, everyone in the auditorium stood up and gave it a five-minute ovation. What was incredible to me was that I could see the Mac team in the first few rows. It was as though none of us could believe that we'd actually finished it. Everyone started crying."

 

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