TechFan #157 – The Techfan Soldier

On April 11, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim discuss OWC Radio launching next week, leadership in tech companies, the lack of history in the computer industry, the Samsung S5, Apple history, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, feedback from listener Michael Breed, and more on Office on the iPad.

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I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words
Book Review

On December 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words
Collator And Editor: George Beahm
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
US$6.95 (Paperback) US$5.59 (Kindle)
192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1742703589

Immediately following the death of Steve Jobs in October 2011, book publishers world wide started releasing a plethora of books about the much revered CEO we simply knew as Steve.

I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words is one of these books. Whilst I personally don’t agree with publishers cashing in on the death of someone famous, this book was given to me as a gift and it turns out to be an interesting read, that is, if you like reading quotations and excepts from speeches.

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Biggest Tech Stories of 2011
TechFan Podcast #61

On December 30, 2011, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Did you top tech story of 2011 make this list? David and Tim have what they consider the top ten on this episode of TechFan! Agree or disagree, let us know!

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It’s Not Happening Yet

On December 16, 2011, in Opinion, by Scott Willsey

The death of Steve Jobs did more than rob the tech industry of a visionary. It also robbed some people of confidence in Apple as a company.


It’s fair to wonder if Apple can remain the same company long term. The most important thing Steve Jobs really gave to Apple (and the tech industry and our culture), in my opinion, was the ability to look beyond the status quo and start pushing computers and portable technology into the future. Yes, he was finicky about product refinement and details, but I think there are plenty of other people at Apple who can do beautiful design and obsess over those details. What’s not clear is whether any of them could have envisioned the iPad, or stopped in their tracks to go make the iPhone, or to have known what projects to say no to along the way.

Yesterday I read a blog post written by a friend of mine that detailed a number of problems he’s had with Apple products lately. The list was lengthy and included issues with the iPhone 4S, OS X 10.7, Apple TV, and iCloud. I’m not going to address them here, save to say that he’s seeing some things that I’ve never seen (apps crashing on iPhone and OS X 10.7, iPhone freezing, Apple TV not wanting to work with AirPlay). Nevertheless, I will admit I’ve had enough of my own issues with OS X 10.7, iTunes on the Mac, and iTunes Match to agree that not everything is perfect in Apple land in December 2011.

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Grumpy Hosts
TechFan Podcast #58

On December 2, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Both Tim and David are feeling a bit grumpy, so what better time to record a podcast? Justin Bryce from Geekiest Show Ever and Drunken Halo joins us for half a segment (mostly to pitch that this Sunday is his birthday we think) and talk about the new Halo Anniversary Edition. David and Tim discuss the Steve Jobs biography (Tim is not happy, David is more apathetic), going the minimalist route, and why online videos suck now.

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Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: Paperback from $24.95

‘Revolution in the Valley’ is a collection of anecdotes that describe what was happening at Apple during the development of the original Macintosh computer. Written by Andy Hertzfield, one of the key engineers on the Macintosh team, the stories are presented in chronological order from 1979 and 1985, but they aren’t tied together in a single narrative. Instead the book is more like an edited and neatly presented collection of memories and ephemera, with all sorts of interesting photos and screenshots accompanying the text. This gives the book a very humane and personal feel, and it’s hard to sense the depth of feeling Hertzfield and the other Apple engineers had for the company and the project that they were working on. In between the tension and the arguments there are moments of genius and incredible foresight, and though computer historians may well argue over who invented the graphical user interface and the truly user-friendly personal computer, there’s no question that the Macintosh was the product that brought them together into a package that was economical, powerful, and above all commercially successful.

Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

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End of an Era
MyMac Podcast #370

On October 11, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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We didn’t release the show we recorded last week with the sudden death of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs since our normal frivolity with the release of the iPhone 4S and iOS just didn’t seem appropriate. However Gaz and I got together with Tim and Dave from TechFan (along with quite a few other people…go download TechFan 50 for the whole show) on Friday the 7th of October to talk about our memories of Steve and Apple amongst other things. Tim kindly pulled out the bit with Gaz and I and we’re using that for the an extra-long intro to our show. Not wanting to let anything go to waste, the podcast we recorded last week will play after that

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Steve Jobs
TechFan #50

On October 7, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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TechFan 50 celebrates Steve Jobs with a large panel of contributors, including Tim Robertson, David Cohen, Guy Serle, GazMaz, David Biedney, Sam Levin, Rich Lefko, Steve Hammond, Antonio Gómez, Scott Willsey, and Mark Greentree.

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The Passing of a Legend

On October 5, 2011, in Apple, by Tim Robertson

As a writer, who later became a podcaster, I am not one usually at a loss for words. This time, however, I feel adrift. That nothing I say on the matter of Steve Jobs passing away today really means a whole hell of a lot. What can I say about the man, whom I have never met in person, but who had such a profound effect on who I am today? What could I possibly write that could establish the depth of sorrow I felt when I read the news, and visited the Apple.com website to confirm it? Steve Jobs has died.

I should not be surprised. He had a very public battle with cancer, and as both a publisher of a Apple-focused website, and a long time host of various technology podcasts, I have spoken many times on this subject. I should have been prepared for this day. I was not.

When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, Inc. a month ago, and a lot of others were arguing that his decision was based on his failing health, I refused to believe it. I took the stance that, yes, it was health related, but he had to quit Apple so he could get better. That eventually, he would return in some fashion, make an appearance at some Apple event to showcase a new product, and receive a long, standing ovation. Steve won! Steve Won!

Today, we all lost.

As I write this, I sit in a hotel room, hundreds of miles from home. Alone, with my MacBook Pro in my lap, typing these words, and wishing I could just be at home to talk to my wife, face to face, about how I feel right now. That’s what most people do when they get bad news, and for me, personally, this is very bad news.

Steve Jobs was more than just a CEO of Apple. He was a visionary, at a level that most of us cannot even fathom. He lead Apple, and changed the world. And not in a small way, but in a way that will be felt for generations to come.

That’s not why I am sad and feel adrift. Perhaps it’s selfish, but for some reason, I always wanted to create something myself, and in some way change things. Make a difference. Do something worthwhile enough that if I did meet Steve in person, he would know who I am. And tell me I did a great job, or built something insanely great. Now, I know, that will never happen. And had Steve lived to 100 rather than 56, it probably would still never happen. But that’s what dreams are for, and in a world with no Steve Jobs, that is one dream I have to let go.

Steve Jobs changed everything, and I would not be who I am today without his vision, leadership, and the force of nature that he was. I will forever cherish those memories of sitting in an Apple keynote, watching him in person change the world. Sitting not three feet from him, making eye contact, and nodding his way. It meant nothing to him, but meant a lot to me.

Goodbye, Steve. We will miss you.

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Jobs Armageddon
TechFan Podcast #44

On August 28, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Steve Jobs steps down as CEO of Apple, and you know Tim and David have to talk about it. Are older video games still relevant today with the younger generation? And we return to our Technology in the Movies by looking at the 1998 mega-hit Armageddon.

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Jobs CEO No More
MyMac Podcast #364

On August 25, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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A sad beginning to the show. After Gaz and Guy finished recording Tuesday, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple. This was too big a story to wait until next week so Tim Robertson (you MAY have heard of him) and Guy record their thoughts on the passing of the torch at our favorite tech company. It’s at the beginning of the show but was recorded later…mind explodes!

Meanwhile some time before that, a rare East Coast earthquake shakes things up for Guy and he seems a little more brain scattered than usual, but fortunately Gaz is there to keep him on the straight and narrow. The whole HP/WebOS thing whets some mention along with updates, Mac App Store pricing, oddly shaped German Tablets, and Orangoutangs. How is Version and Auto-Save different? We have to stop the show to find out and Gaz FINALLY gets a People’s Pick (or three). Guy cuts a bit of himself out of the show because he basically gave away Gaz’s Contest…BAD GUY!

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Steve Jobs Steps Down…

On August 24, 2011, in News, by Tim Robertson

Sad, yes, but not unexpected. Your family and health must, always, come first. We all wish you well, Mr. Jobs!

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

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60 Billion worth of Truffles!
MyMac Podcast 329

On January 20, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Steve Jobs takes a leave of absence and Apple announces their quarterly results for the 1st quarter of 2011 which adds up to a LOT of Italian white Alba Truffles! We also have some great audio feedback from Scott (Pocket Sized Podcast) Willsey and Tim (TechFan) Robertson about Nuking Verizon…or something like that. We’re also giving away a few Mac App bundles courtesy of AppSumo!

The Macworld Expo is coming SOON and Tim and Guy will be on the Main Stage at 12 on Saturday the 29th of January! In the meantime start listening to Tim and Dave on the TechFan Podcast or ELSE!
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Tim Robertson from TechFan jumps on the show, but Skype and GarageBand are just not our best friends tonight. We have a couple of audio clips from  Allison Sheridon from the Nosilla Podcast and Steve Hammond. We talk about digital content and how DRM only seems to hurt the ones that get it legally and is iOS 4.2 just around the corner?
Tim Robertson’s TechFan Podcast is NOT laser-focused, but that’s what makes it fun and informative. Off the cuff tech tech.
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Like it or not, Steve Jobs is Right

On July 19, 2010, in Apple, iPhone, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

I don’t own an iPhone, never have, and probably never will. When it comes to this antenna issue I can’t say that I know what iPhone owners who have the issue are going through. Wait a minute! Yes I can!

You see I own a cell phone and the last two phones I have owned have had stickers on them clearly stating if the phone is held in “this specific place” reception could drop. In fact it did drop and I lost calls every time I held the phone in that spot. On my previous phone I had to train myself not to hold the phone a specific way than I was used to holding it.

I didn’t get a free case for either phone, I didn’t even get an apology from the company. I didn’t return the phones either. I kept them because I liked them and I learned to deal with it.

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The iPhone as a Netbook Alternative

On December 23, 2008, in Opinion, by Mark Rudd

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT… STEVIE?
In a recent quarterly conference call, Steve Jobs made the following comment regarding the current netbook discussion:

“We’re not tremendously worried. As we look at the netbook category, that’s a nascent category. As best as we can tell, there’s not a lot of them being sold. You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket.” (Click this link to read the original article)

At the time of this statement, it was clear that Apple felt that the iPhone was/is a great netbook type device. The current sales numbers for netbooks indicate that not everyone agrees with the Jobsian edict. Netbook sales have steadily increased and have surpassed iPhone sales according to the third quarter numbers for this year.

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Steve Jobs’ Health

On June 10, 2008, in Original Blog, by Rich Lefko

Steve Job’s state of health has been questionable ever since he “recovered” from Pancreatic cancer.

Watching him on stage yesterday made me think, “Is he OK?”

I think it would be terrible to learn he was in poor health, so I hope that is not the case and I wish him well.

What do you think?

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MyMac Podcast #117
Adam Christianson and Robin Williams

On February 19, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Adam Christianson from The MacCast joins Tim and Chad for lively chat about his history in Macs, the current state of Apple and Steve Jobs, and much more. David Cohen reviews Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Second Edition. Robert Essential Acoustic Guitar and DVCreators Final Cut Pro Foundations. To wrap the show, Nemo interview one of our favorite Mac authors of all time, Robin Williams.

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iCon Steve Jobs The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
By Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon

Publisher: Wiley
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 0471720836
308 pages (soft cover)

Virtually every Macintosh or iPod owner knows that Apple’s founder and current CEO is Steve Jobs. He’s got more name recognition than any other high-tech CEO can ever dream of. Jobs is known for his patented “reality distortion field” which allows him to persuade doubters of almost anything he wishes, as long as the listener is in his presence.

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The Keynote Address, Part 2
MWSF ’03

On January 8, 2003, in Macworld Expo, by David Weeks

FIRST IN, FIRST IN

Andrew Stone of Stone Design jumps out of bed and begins coding his custom software suite in Albuquerque, New Mexico, every morning at 5:00, which is 4:00 in California. On Tuesday, January 7, early-bird Andy dashed from a nearby hotel and was first in line at the Media Only entrance for this year’s Macworld Keynote Address. At 7:30, Nemo and Weeks worked our way to the front of the modest queue, where the irrepressible Stone was conversing with our old friend, hardworking Gene Steinberg, the Mac Night Owl.

Steve Jobs’ talk was scheduled to begin at 9:00, so we had a lot of time to schmooze with Andy, Gene, Dennis Sellers and other nearby members of the Macintosh press. Representatives of Apple guarded the stairway between us and the keynote auditorium, while hundreds of VIPs found their way into the foyer for top-priority front/center seating.

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