I’ve read a lot of articles about Steve Jobs in the past couple of days (and I have reams more of them waiting to be read later) but I think this one is the most worthwhile of all of them, so far, especially in this age of having to be nice above all else all the time:
Last year a former Apple employee related his favorite Steve Jobs story to me. I have no way of knowing if it is true, so take it for what it’s worth. I think it nicely captures the man who changed the world four times over. When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.
The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod, and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched bottom, bubbles floated to the top.
“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”
I love it. Read the whole thing. It’s very short. One more thing I want to link to:
This is 15 videos of Steve Jobs over the years. The one at the bottom called Apple Mothership is him presenting the plans for the new campus. Which is, tellingly, his last public appearance, so far as I can tell.