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A few excerpts of Steve Jobs biography and comments

From the biography of Walter Isaacson. He claimed that Jobs refused to read any notes or a draft version. And this book is pretty thorough.

On June 29, 1975, Steve Wozniak typed a few characters on his invented machine (a keyboard, a screen, a monitor and a microprocessor) and letters were displayed.

Wozniak had spent 2 months hard working on the program.

This inspiration of creating a personal computer was the result of attending the Homebrew Computer Club that displayed the technical file of the Altair Kit microprocessor.

On January 24, 1984, Apple Computer launched the Macintosh. The motto was “You will understand why 1984 will Not be as 1984” (A reference to George Orwell book)

Ridley Scott (director of Blade Runner) shot the story-board of Lee Clow in London. The grey industrial complex was packed with skinheads listening to the speech of Big Brother. A blonde athlete woman (disk thrower) runs and smash the big screen the moment Big Brother (IBM)  is declaring “We are going to win”.

IBM PC had snatched the personal computer market.  By then, Steve Jobs had lost his fire as a renegade, a pirate: The Macintosh had a steep price ($2,500) with no external extensions. Computer geeks could Not add their own cards, functions, or even open the box.

After he was diagnosed with cancer, Jobs said at the graduation ceremony in Stanford, June 2005:  

“Remembering that I will die soon was the catalyst for taking the greatest of decisions of my life.
The waiting, pride, fear of failure and feeling embarrassed…all that vanished in the face of death
Remain what count

The best way Not to fall in the trap of believing that we have anything to lose
We are already naked.
Why Not start listening to your heart?”

If you hire a commercial PDG instead of a product designer, don’t be surprised for your enterprise to fail in the medium term.
If you sell your start ups, blame yourself for failing to build a perennial institution

(A closed, vertical integrated product of materials, programs and applications performs better for common users. Looks like many start-ups needed certain constraints to deliver on their products. For professionals and institutions, open systems suit better and enhance technology and start ups.)

the 21st century is the intersection of technology and Art designs.
After he was diagnosed with cancer and his son Rees got interested in DNA processes, Steve said:
The current century is the Intersection of technology and Biology

As he was getting ready to pass away, Jobs said:

“It is difficult to admit that all the experiences and wisdom we acquired can vanish at death.
At least, I like to believe that conscious survives
Most probably, life is like an off/on interrupter.
I never installed this kind of on/off alternatives on Apple products”
After the implant of a new liver, the nurse tried to install an oxygen mask for Jobs. He snatched it away while barely coming out of anesthesia, on the ground that it was Not aesthetically designed. He ordered to have 5 version submitted to him to select the best designed.

Lisa Brennan (Steve’s daughter from Chrisann) said of what Steve’s believed in:

1. Everything leads to its contrary

2. The best harvest are produced in arid soils

3. Pleasure is generated from privation

Tina Redse, the first love of Steve’s that lasted 5 passionate years and till the end of his life, described the character of Steve as emanating from the psychological syndrome ör pathology of  “Troubled narcissistic personality” that matched perfectly the behaviour of Steve’s, mainly a deficit in empathy

Steve connected with his biological mother after his adoptive mother passed away in 1986. He refused to meet with his biological father (originally from Syria)

The author Mona Simpson was his sister and they met and linked up and became great friends. She looked like him and was a red-headed person.

Daniel Kottke was one of the closest friends of Steve Job. He attended with him the Reed University for 2 years, joined him on his trip to India for a year, shared an apartment with him where Job’s girlfriend was pregnant, and worked with him in the garage developing Apple II.
Jobs refused to give him a single share when Apple went public on the ground that Kottke was just a technician.

Many wanted to give Kettke a few shares but Job was adamant: Zero shares.
Wozniac distributed 2,000 shares on 40 people in his team who were able to purchase their dream homes.
If Wozniak behaviors are considered naïve and ill-matured, then these labels must be common to most well-adjusted, caring and compassionate people.

A few quotes by Jobs:

1. If you want to develop a program, try to figure out the machines that will use it

2. The best way to predict the future is by inventing it

3. The good artist copies, the genius steal (from Picasso)

From Stewart Brand in Whole Earth Catalogue (1968):

“Free access to tools that permit private and individual power to tailor-make education, to find inspiration, model our environment and share our adventure with all who need them

The genius of Jobs (rip, mix, burn) was to transform the personal computer into a digital hub for all portable electronic gizmos, such as camcorders, iTunes, iPod, iPad…The computer served as a center for producing and generating videos, movies, clips…iMovie, iDVD, iTune…

Jobs also got totally engaged in the Cloud technology and succeeded in closing the loop.

Note 1: Bill Gates is Not an outlier: He is pretty much mainstream of the proper timing for new technology. Steve Jobs is an outlier: He could Not program but made all the nerds in electronics and programmers rally to his distorted reality

Note 2: There are plenty of geniuses in human history and in all kinds of disciplines.
Rare are those geniuses who could invent (intuition) and do the demonstration also.

One common traits among those rare geniuses is that they had to write down that they discovered and in two versions (Not the case of Jobs):
1. A version for their own benefit translating their mental processes for ease recollection when re-read, and
2. A version for publication to satisfy the rational processes for the period

I am thinking of Blaise Pascal, Galileo, Kepler, Lavoisier, Kamel Hassan Sabbah and scores of ancient Arab scientists who experimented before publishing their thesis

Note 3: And how would you “want to change the world” Sir?
Are more lunatics those who make apologies of the fools who claim their mission is to change the world
Like all those cult-like minds who want the world to behave according to their world views
What do you want to change Sir?
1. The standard of living all over the world?
2. Behavors of individuals?
3. The standard norms of communities?
4. Reforming system institutions to cater better to the common people requests?
5. Re-structuring the administrative institutions that are meant to control and rule the masses?
6. How about focusing first on your own community, and provide draft projects for its approval?
7. How about accepting the many idiosyncrasies surrounding you and your community?

Note 4: We have a structural problem to approach climate change.
You can simultaneously understand the medium to long-term risks of climate change and also come to the conclusion that it is in your short-term economic interest to invest in oil and gas.
Which is why anybody who tells you that the market is going to fix this on its own is lying to you.
But the government institutions are wary of changing this mid-fix of market stupid fixing of anything that drastic and existential

Note 5: Any man-made system must necessarily be fraught with errors, faults and limitations on its intended usage.
Any man-made system (product, service, administrative, management, political, control…) is doomed to fail when designed to cater for complex tasks and objectives: It will end up tying up many teams targeted for training, maintenance, redesigning, repairing…

Man-made designs barely consider the idiosyncrasies of users and the environment of the community and the designers lack the necessary knowledge, technically and the socio-psychological intricacies and interrelationship of the users and community.

The diversity of users and environments will easily pinpoint the deficiencies in any system.
The proper functioning of any system in the medium term relies solely on the acceptance of the idiosyncrasy of the community, regardless of the level of performance the system is delivering, particularly in health and safety usage and applications

How can photos change the world? Is that why our daily habits keep changing?

In my industry, we believe that images can change the world.

Okay, we’re naive, we’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The truth is that we know that the images themselves don’t change the world, but we’re also aware that, since the beginning of photography, images have provoked reactions in people, and those reactions have caused change to happen.

0:32 So let’s begin with a group of images. I’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t recognize many or most of them. They’re best described as iconic: so iconic, perhaps, they’re cliches. In fact, they’re so well-known that you might even recognize them in a slightly or somewhat different form.

 

0:56 But I think we’re looking for something more. We’re looking for something more. We’re looking for images that shine an uncompromising light on crucial issues, images that transcend borders, that transcend religions, images that provoke us to step up and do something — in other words, to act.

Well, this image you’ve all seen. It changed our view of the physical world. We had never seen our planet from this perspective before. Many people credit a lot of the birth of the environmental movement to our seeing the planet like this for the first time — its smallness, its fragility.

1:33 Forty years later, this group, more than most, are well aware of the destructive power that our species can wield over our environment.

And at last, we appear to be doing something about it. This destructive power takes many different forms. For example, these images taken by Brent Stirton in the Congo. These gorillas were murdered, some would even say crucified, and unsurprisingly, they sparked international outrage. Most recently, we’ve been tragically reminded of the destructive power of nature itself with the recent earthquake in Haiti. (And Nepal and…)

2:08 Well, I think what is far worse is man’s destructive power over man. Samuel Pisar, an Auschwitz survivor, said, and I’ll quote him, “The many genocides in this century teaches us that nature, even in its cruelest moments, is benign in comparison with man, when he loses his moral compass and his reason.”

2:29 There’s another kind of crucifixion. The horrifying images from Abu Ghraib as well as the images from Guantanamo had a profound impact. The publication of those images, as opposed to the images themselves, caused a government to change its policies.

Some would argue that it is those images that did more to fuel the insurgency in Iraq than virtually any other single act. Furthermore, those images forever removed the so-called moral high ground of the occupying forces.

2:58 Let’s go back a little. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Vietnam War was basically shown in America’s living rooms day in, day out. News photos brought people face to face with the victims of the war: a little girl burned by napalm, a student killed by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio during a protest. In fact, these images became the voices of protest themselves.

3:22 Now, images have power to shed light of understanding on suspicion, ignorance, and in particular — I’ve given a lot of talks on this but I’ll just show one image — the issue of HIV/AIDS.

In the 1980s, the stigmatization of people with the disease was an enormous barrier to even discussing or addressing it. A simple act, in 1987, of the most famous woman in the world, the Princess of Wales, touching an HIV/AIDS infected baby did a great deal, especially in Europe, to stop that. She, better than most, knew the power of an image.

3:57 So when we are confronted by a powerful image, we all have a choice: We can look away, or we can address the image. Thankfully, when these photos appeared in The Guardian in 1998, they put a lot of focus and attention and, in the end, a lot of money towards the Sudan famine relief efforts.

Did the images change the world? No, but they had a major impact. Images often push us to question our core beliefs and our responsibilities to each other. We all saw those images after Katrina, and I think for millions of people they had a very strong impact. And I think it’s very unlikely that they were far from the minds of Americans when they went to vote in November 2008.

4:37 Unfortunately, some very important images are deemed too graphic or disturbing for us to see them. I’ll show you one photo here, and it’s a photo by Eugene Richards of an Iraq War veteran from an extraordinary piece of work, which has never been published, called War Is Personal.

But images don’t need to be graphic in order to remind us of the tragedy of war. John Moore set up this photo at Arlington Cemetery. After all the tense moments of conflict in all the conflict zones of the world, there’s one photograph from a much quieter place that haunts me still, much more than the others.

5:13 Ansel Adams said, and I’m going to disagree with him, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” In my view, it’s not the photographer who makes the photo, it’s you. We bring to each image our own values, our own belief systems, and as a result of that, the image resonates with us.

My company has 70 million images. I have one image in my office. Here it is. I hope that the next time you see an image that sparks something in you, you’ll better understand why, and I know that speaking to this audience, you’ll definitely do something about it.

Patsy Z and TEDxSKE shared a link.
Photographs do more than document history — they make it.
At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can’t look away –…
ted.com|By Jonathan Klein

7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won’t See In The U.S. Media

 posted in BuzzFeed this Dec. 6, 2013

7. On the U.S. war with Iraq:

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”

6. On Israel:

“Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.”

5. On the U.S. war with Iraq:

“All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.”

4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution:

“From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of
inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orchestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. … Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.

3. Mandela on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi (Qadgafi), his longtime supporter:

“It is our duty to give support to the brother leader … especially in regards to the sanctions which are not hitting just him, they are hitting the ordinary masses of the people … our African brothers and sisters.”

2. On the U.S. preparing to invade Iraq in a 2002 interview with Newsweek:

“If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.”

1. On a Palestinian state:

“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

 Seth Godin posted: “A legacy of Mandela

Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.

For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:

You can.

1. You can make a difference.

2. You can stand up to insurmountable forces.

3. You can put up with far more than you think you can.

4. Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.

5. If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.

Discours  Sur La Palestine de Mandela....

Je sais que vous et moi, nous aspirons à la paix au Moyen-Orient, mais avant que vous continuiez à parler des conditions nécessaires d’un point de vue israélien, vous devez savoir ce qui est dans mon esprit.

Par où commencer? Que diriez-vous de 1964. Laissez-moi citer mes propres paroles lors de mon procès. Elles sont vraies aujourd’hui, autant qu’elles l’étaient alors: «J’ai combattu contre la domination blanche et j’ai combattu contre la domination noire. J’ai chéri l’idéal d’une société libre et démocratique dans laquelle tous vivraient ensemble en harmonie et avec des chances égales. C’est un idéal pour lequel j’espère vivre. Mais s’il le faut, c’est un idéal pour lequel je suis prêt à mourir « . 

Aujourd’hui, le monde, noir et blanc, reconnaît que l’Apartheid n’a pas d’avenir. En Afrique du Sud, il s’est terminé par notre propre action de masse, pour bâtir la paix et la sécurité. Cette campagne et d’autres actions ne pouvaient qu’aboutir à l’établissement de la démocratie. 

C’est peut-être étrange pour vous d’observer la situation en Palestine ou, plus spécifiquement, la structure des relations politiques et culturelles entre les Palestiniens et les Israéliens, comme un système d’apartheid. C’est parce que vous pensez à tort que le problème de la Palestine a commencé en 1967. Cela a été démontré dans votre récent article « Premier Mémo de Bush » dans le New York Times du 27 Mars 2001. 

Vous semblez surpris d’entendre qu’il y a encore des problèmes de 1948 à résoudre, l’élément le plus important est le droit au retour des réfugiés palestiniens. Le conflit israélo-palestinien n’est pas seulement une question d’occupation militaire et Israël n’est pas un pays qui a été créé « normalement » et s’est mis à occuper un autre pays en 1967.

Les Palestiniens ne luttent pas pour un « Etat » mais pour la liberté, la libération et l’égalité, exactement comme nous avons lutté pour la liberté en Afrique du Sud. 

Au cours des dernières années, et surtout pendant le règne du Parti travailliste, Israël a montré qu’il n’était pas encore prêt à rendre ce qu’il avait occupé en 1967, que les colonies restent, Jérusalem est sous souveraineté exclusivement israélienne et les Palestiniens n’ont pas d’ Etat indépendant, mais sont sous domination économique israélienne avec un contrôle israélien des frontières, de la terre, de l’air, de l’eau et de la mer. 

Israël ne pense pas à un «Etat» mais à une «séparation». La valeur de la séparation se mesure en termes de capacité d’Israël à garder l’Etat Juif, et à ne pas avoir une minorité palestinienne qui pourrait avoir la possibilité de devenir majoritaire à un certain moment dans l’avenir. Si cela se produit, cela forcerait Israël à devenir soit un Etat démocratique ou bi-national laïque, ou à se transformer en un Etat d’apartheid de facto. 

Thomas, si vous suivez les sondages en Israël au cours des 30 ou 40 dernières années, vous trouvez clairement un racisme grossier: un tiers de la population se déclare ouvertement être raciste. Ce racisme est de la nature de « Je hais les Arabes » et « je souhaite la mort des arabes. » 

Si vous suivez également le système judiciaire en Israël, vous verrez qu’il y a discrimination contre les Palestiniens, et si vous considérez les territoires occupés en 1967, vous trouverez qu’il y a déjà deux systèmes judiciaires opérationnels qui représentent deux approches différentes de la vie humaine: une pour la vie des Palestiniens l’autre pour celle de la vie juive. En outre, il y a deux approches différentes pour la propriété et à la terre. La propriété palestinienne n’est pas reconnue comme propriété privée car elle peut être confisquée. 

Quant à l’occupation israélienne de la Cisjordanie et de Gaza, il y a un facteur supplémentaire. Les soi-disant «zones autonomes palestiniennes » sont des Bantoustans. 

 "Je savais parfaitement que l'oppresseur doit être libéré tout comme 
l'opprimé.

Un homme qui prive un autre homme de sa liberté est prisonnier de sa haine, il est enfermé derrière les barreaux de ses préjugés et de l'étroitesse d'esprit. (...)

 Quand j'ai franchi les portes de la prison, telle était ma mission: libérer à la fois l'opprimé et l'oppresseur."

(Autobiographie)

L’Etat palestinien ne peut être le sous-produit de l’Etat juif, juste pour garder la pureté juive d’Israël. La discrimination raciale d’Israël est la vie quotidienne de la plupart des Palestiniens. Depuis qu’Israël est un Etat juif, les Juifs israéliens sont capables d’accumuler des droits spéciaux que les non-juifs ne peuvent pas avoir. Les Arabes palestiniens n’ont aucune place dans un Etat «juif». 

L’apartheid est un crime contre l’humanité. Israël a privé des millions de Palestiniens de leur liberté et de la propriété. Il a perpétué un système de discrimination raciale et d’inégalité. Il a systématiquement incarcéré et torturé des milliers de Palestiniens, en violation des règles du droit international. Il a, en particulier, mené une guerre contre une population civile, en particulier les enfants. 

Les réponses apportées par l’Afrique du Sud à des violations des droits de l’homme émanant des politiques d’élimination et de politiques d’apartheid, respectivement, mettent en lumière ce que la société israélienne doit nécessairement passer avant qu’on puisse parler d’une paix juste et durable au Moyen-Orien. 

Thomas, je n’abandonne pas la diplomatie au Moyen-Orient. Si vous voulez la paix et la démocratie, je vous soutiendrai. Si vous voulez Apartheid formelle, nous ne vous soutiendrons pas. Si vous voulez soutenir la discrimination raciale et le nettoyage ethnique, nous nous opposerons à vous.

Quand vous saurez ce que vous voudrez, appelez moi...

Nelson Mandela....  sur le site de médiapart http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/ishtar/061213/mandela-discours-sur-la-palestine
Discours Sur La Palestine de Mandela….
Je sais que vous et moi, nous aspirons à la paix au Moyen-Orient, mais avant que vous continuiez à parler des condi…

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