Steve Jobs – iMilestones

* February 24, 1955 – iBorn. Steve Jobs lands on Planet Earth. Steve’s biological father was a Syrian Muslim immigrant Abdulfattah John Jandali and biological mother was Joanne Simpson. Steve was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.

* 1974 – Steve visits India in search of spiritual enlightenment.

* April 1, 1976 – Co-Founded Apple to make computer boards.

* January 24, 1984 – Apple Mac launched. Currently, 60 million Users for Mac desktops and laptops.

* May 1985 – Steve leaves Apple after tangling with CEO John Sculley.

* 1985 – Steve Jobs founds NeXT computer company.

* 1986 – Steve acquires Pixar from Star Wars director George Lucas.

* December 20, 1996 – Apple acquires NeXT.

* 1997 – Steve returns to Apple.

* January 9, 2001 – iTunes music store debuts.

* May 19, 2001 – First Apple retail store opens.

* November 2001 – Apple iPod Debuts. Over 300 million units sold so far.

* January 9, 2007 – iPhone announced. Launched in June ’07. Over 130 million iPhones sold as of October 2011.

* July 10, 2008 – AppStore Debuts. 18 Billion downloads so far.

* January 27, 2010 – iPad tablet launched. Huge success. iPad is tablet market leader.

* October 4, 2011 – iPhone 4S launched.

* October 5, 2011 – iDead. Steve Jobs leaves Planet Earth.

13 Responses to "Steve Jobs – iMilestones"

  1. Aswin_Kini   October 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I am very sad to hear this.

    Yet another wonderful innovator goes back to the maker.

    Damn it.

    Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.

    If there is rebirth, hope you come back as another good soul and start providing path-breaking innovative products again.

    Three cheers to the man, who created innovative products and new markets.

    • rama dasa   October 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Steve Jobs was John Galt in many ways, and it is sad that we lost him.

      But I and many others are John Galt as well, and we will restart the motor of the world! Responds:

      After reading your second sentence, we spilled our fine cocktail of Gin + Orange Juice + Soy Milk on the keyboard! πŸ˜‰

      If Ayn Rand were still alive and assuming she read this comment, she’d probably write What the John Galt instead of Who is John Galt.

      • rama dasa   October 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

        well my “Galt’s Gulch” sect is doing well on campus,we start officially meeting two weeks from now and have a small but influential group interested in spreading rational conservatism/romantic realism on campus

  2. vjcool   October 7, 2011 at 12:48 am

    what the John Galt indeed. I’m struck somewhere in the middle of ‘Atlas shrugged’ for the last 15 years. they have mentioned the motor. I reread the portion to continue but leaves it there and after a few months reread again to …. well Its still there.. to read from the start again seems a daunting task.

    BTW.. the 3000 Rs. Tablet is launched.
    the specs is good.. but the software??.. Responds:

    1. We read the John Galt saga 25 years back.

    2. The Indian tablet ain’t going nowhere. We’ve seen this kinda nonsense earlier, with the Simputer.

  3. Aswin_Kini   October 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    After many people have sung praises of former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, here comes the news that Steve Jobs was not as wonderful as a person we thought him to be.

    He created a work atmosphere, which we can practically call iHell.

    I know it is not a good time to share this article, but as they say, when a person is showered with flowers for his/her good deeds, he/she needs to accept the brickbats for the mistakes as well.

    RIP, Steve Responds:

    It’s hardly a secret that Steve could be an obnoxious asshole, both to employees & close family.

    One of the commenters (Guruji) also mentioned it previously.

    But why should we be surprised – After all, 99.99% of humans are assholes.

    It’s just that this 99.99% did not catalyze products like iPhone, iPod, iPad etc.

  4. Aswin_Kini   October 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

    “It’s hardly a secret that Steve could be an obnoxious asshole, both to employees & close family. ” – Yup, if it’s one thing that Steve Job proved was that IT was OK to be an ASSHOLE if you get excellent results. I hope my boss does not read this. Else, I am gonna end up in iHELL for the rest of my life.

    “It’s just that this 99.99% did not catalyze products like iPhone, iPod, iPad etc.”
    With all due respect to Steve’s greatest innovations, I always believed the best innovation over the last 15 years was GOOGLE, GOOGLe, and ONLY GOOGLE.

    While I can still imagine a world without iPod, iPad, and IMac, I can never imagine LIFE WITHOUT GOOGLE. It’s like LOVE WITHOUT SEX.

    TO put it shortly, out of the 6 billion and odd people in this planet, atleast 50% have used google. Even today, people in some third world nations cannot differentiate between an iPad and a sanitary pad.But however, those who access the internet clearly know GOOGLE. Responds:

    Google, at least so far, is a one-trick pony.

    Other than search, nothing else has caught the popular imagination.

    Not even Android, mediocre software for those who are too dumb to see the beauty in Apple iOS or pay the extortionist prices for iOS devices like iPod touch, iPad and iPhone.

    • Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Things that captured people’s imagination for different reasons in different ways.. Windows & Office… Google… iProducts… Facebook… Responds:


      Nothing comes even remotely close when it comes to wasting time, hundreds of billions of hours down the drain…all thanks to YouTube.

      • Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        Oh yes!

        How else would we know about Sam Anderson, Silsila song, T Rajender’s views and Vishwabandhu Gupta’s deep insight into Cloud Computing :)))

        Sam Anderson ->
        Silsila ->
        TR ->
        Cloud Computing ->

        I would rate youtube ahead of iProducts πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        • Naveen   October 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

          I was hoping you would watch all those inane videos and comment πŸ™‚


          Our favorites – Vishwa Bandhu Gupta and Silsila.

          But first we wanna buy Cloud CD where there’s no rain or storm! πŸ˜‰

          The other two videos we’d seen earlier. Readers have posted links in the past.

          • Naveen   October 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

            My dad laughed for an hour after Silsila. It has a magical laughing gas effect on some people. πŸ˜€

    • Aswin_Kini   October 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      You said:“Google, at least so far, is a one-trick pony.

      Other than search, nothing else has caught the popular imagination.” –

      IF google is a one-trick pony, Boy! That’s gotta be the best one-trick pony ever. Google changed the way people browse the net and search for information. Infact, I visited this site only because I had googled for some info on some actor and landed accidentally on the SI website.

      The mantra for today’s internet-savvy kids has always been “If you want to find something, GOOGLE it”. Google is so synonymous with search.
      Also, Google has Gmail, a very efficient mail service to its credit. Google is also working on other products, which may or may not rock the market. So let’s not close the book on Google yet.

      “Not even Android, mediocre software for those who are too dumb to see the beauty in Apple iOS or pay the extortionist prices for iOS devices like iPod touch, iPad and iPhone.”

      Agreed that Apple has the best products in the market with incredibly great features and awesome design. But the catch is that they cost more, infact almost twice more than normal products. A normal iMac here may cost around 60-65k, which is a shade less than the cost of a laptop with high configuration. Plus, when a person cannot afford to spend more than X number of $ on any product because he/she simply cannot afford it. That’s why Google’s Android still survives. It provides a cheaper, but more-than-adequate alternative to Apple.

      Comparing Apple products to its counterparts is like comparing a Mercedes-Benz with a normal Nissan car. Mercedes-Benz beats others in terms of comfort and luxury. But if a person merely wants to buy a car to drive to a destination with adequate comfort, he/she is rather bound to buy a Nissan or Ford or something that suits its budget. Same with Apple, if I want to buy a laptop for moderate computing processes like streaming videos, playing games, using applications like Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator etc, I’d rather buy a laptop than an iMac

      • Naveen   October 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

        Apple has successfully created an element of “coolness” which none of its competitors could achieve. I have barely used Apple products but if what I read and hear are true then Apple makes the absolutely best devices for personal productivity.

        I have been a PC guy myself all along. PC has worked just fine for me. Nothing specific is compelling me to jump to something else. I and (billions of people across the world) have benefited from Microsoft products. I’d go to the extent of saying that Microsoft Windows and Office are among the primary reasons why computers became “cool” across the globe. I doubt the rapidity with which computers would have made their way into the our homes if Windows wasnt successful. Millions have jobs because of Microsoft especially desis like me.

        Having said all that I am pretty much made up to choose between Mac and iPad as my next computing device. I am willing to pay that extra couple hundred bucks for the excellence and “coolness”. πŸ˜‰ Responds:

        1. More than this ‘coolness’ thing, Apple products, at least the three we’ve used (iPod, iPhone 3G & 4 and iPad 2) work well.

        Microsoft/Windows products have always suffered from poor quality. Until a couple of years back, the blue-screen-of-death was a frequent occurrence with Windows systems. Based on hearsay, even their non-PC products like Zune never worked well.

        2. Windows PC products took off because off the horizontal model that Microsoft unleashed quickly created a huge ecosystem of hardware, peripherals, software applications and service partners and the ensuing competition that relentlessly pushed down prices. Computers became ubiquitous because the horizontal model and the severe competition it fostered among hardware players made them cheap and within reach of a lot of people. Many of the partners fought fierce battles among themselves (with Microsoft gleefully watching from the sidelines) and died bloodied and disemboweled on the battlefield. Names like AST, Pacbell, etc come to mind.

        But in the digital media world of music devices, tablets and smartphones the closed, vertical model (where one company like Apple for instance controls the hardware, software and design) has triumphed over the horizontal model but still managed to create a huge ecosystem of application and addon/peripheral partners.

        Interestingly, there’s not so much competition here because the ecosystem is not engaged in as bitter a fratricidal war to the end like in the horizontal model based PC wars. Apple iPod touch/iPad/iPhone may have several hundred thousand apps but a lot of them do different things.

        Also, why did two different models work under two different circumstances?

        Apple’s so-called ‘coolness’ and reputation for quality products account for only part of the answer.

        Perhaps, the digital media universe requires a closed soup-to-nuts model to work well with the masses.

        • Naveen   October 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

          This was a topic of discussion in a very interesting interview of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The views on this video spiked up after Jobs death.

          I don’t remember in which part this particular point mentioned by SI is discussed but the entire interview is good.


          Seen it the other day….we think someone posted a link here.

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