I agree -- the Jobs biograph (and the film "Jobs") are both well worth it. I also read Steve Wozniak's "iWoz" and Paul Allan's sort of autobiography "Idea Man" and also the biography "Gates" by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews. The combination of all of these really gives you an idea as to what was going on -- apart from anything else I now have a much deeper respect for Microsoft BASIC LOL
@Navelpluis: It is utter silly to patent 'look and feel'...
I'm in two minds about this (I'm intwo minds about just about everything). I keep thinking about the "Slide to Turn On" widget on the touchscreen of an iPhone or iPad. On the one hand this is relatively simple (but then so is a beer can ring pull) -- on the other hand no one else was doing this before Apple -- should they be able to capitalize on their inventiveness or not? (Is this "look and feel" or does it count as something else?
That's exactly what I mean... It is utter silly to patent 'look and feel', or to patent software anyhow. Ya all have compilers, don't ya? You don't throw your code on the streets ! That is what I believe is protecting you enough from competition. With good programming efforts, compact optimized programming and a good "all going ahead" strategy we (as a small company) always have survived.
However we see -due to all of the legal stuff, regulations and fiscal difficulties- that the big world is trying to diverse us away from what we really are good at. That NEVER is going to happen as long as I am the CEO of this company. But the amount of money swept away from us to lawyers, fiscal adivisors and auditors will only grow, I am affraid... pity... harder to survive...
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