The iPhone Wasn’t The World’s Best Cell Phone

July 5th, 2012  |  Published in Quotes, Technology

[The iPhone wasn't the world's best cell phone.] It was the world’s best portable computer. Best not in the sense of being the most powerful, or the fastest, or the most-efficient to use. The thing couldn’t even do copy-and-paste. It was the best because it was always there, always on, always a button-push away. The disruption was not that we finally had a nice phone; it was that, for better or for worse, we would never again be without a computer or the Internet.

—John Gruber, “The iPhone and Disruption: Five Years In

“Next Year”

December 21st, 2011  |  Published in Quotes, Technology

In the PC era, “next year” was going to be the year of desktop Linux. In the post-PC era, “next year” is the year that Android isn’t crappy.


The great accomplishment of Jobs’ life

November 7th, 2011  |  Published in Art and Design, Business, Life, Quotes

The great accomplishment of Jobs’s life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies—his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness—in the service of perfection.

—Malcolm Gladwell, “The Tweaker

Live each day as if it was your last

October 8th, 2011  |  Published in Life, Quotes

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

—Steve Jobs, Address at Stanford University (2005)

Barack Obama on Steve Jobs

October 6th, 2011  |  Published in Business, Quotes

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

—Barack Obama

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light

August 26th, 2011  |  Published in Life, Quotes

The most terrifying fact of the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment.

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

—Stanley Kubrick

The corporation has achieved extraordinary things

June 18th, 2011  |  Published in Business, Quotes

In its 400+ year history, the corporation has achieved extraordinary things, cutting around-the-world travel time from years to less than a day, putting a computer on every desk, a toilet in every home (nearly) and a cellphone within reach of every human.

—”A Brief History of the Corporation

We Still Have a Couple of Minutes

May 24th, 2011  |  Published in Quotes, Sexuality

A white-haired friend of mine went into the hospital for cancer surgery that was going to end forever his capacity for sexual intercourse, and joking with the buxom nurse who was preparing him (and knew him from previous visits), he suddenly realized and wistfully told her that in all his half-century of activity, he’d never slept with a blond. Middle-aged, touched, she motioned for him to get up on the gurney. “We still have a couple of minutes. Just so you can say you have, let’s get it done.”

—Edward Hoagland, “Sex and the River Styx”