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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:47



Getting to the end of the 600 page biography I struggle to draw a conclusion. Perhaps he was Janus like, always looking in two directions, impish, black and white, loved it or hated it. Able to bend. Loyal (at least to his wife), even to certain friends. Selective then. He was in love with the way his mind worked.

He has been instrumental in changing the world and I feel better for having followed his products, if not his crede.

My iBook died in 2011; I have to replace it. Do I need a laptop if I have an iPad though? My inclination is to have something large and powerful enough to cut movies. The 'Full Monty' a 90 minute piece, to translate scripts I've written even developed as photo journals and start bringing some of the scenes to life.

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David Andrew Wilson

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I'm only up to page 200 at the moment. To be honest, Jobs is coming across as a bit of an idiot so far. Capitalising on the skills of those around him and generally treating people like dirt. If I had him for a boss I would have walked out after a few months.

Also I now have a strange hankering for LSD. Is it such a cool drug as the book makes out?

Sheena Bradley

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Friends who have i pads say that you wouldn't write a lot on it, unless you also bought a keyboard. That makes me think a laptop in the first place would be best?

LSD is not cool, I saw people freak out so often in '69 in the States, scared me.

Gillian Wilkinson

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Jonathan...I hope you aren't going to leave apple behind......

my ibook is 9 years old and it's wonderful.

..go for the big one and make your film


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There was room for only one Steve Jobs in an organisation. I know someone who has been at Apple for 23 years: as one of the 'A' team he has done well. I ignored the stuff on LSD which was surely of the era, not something he kept up. Faddish diets? Gandhi and Hitler come to mind. Perfectionism, focus? Tim Smit of the Eden Project comes to mind, James Dyson but a wholly 'nicer' character surely? Sebastian Coe perhaps? His honesty: if only all of us could call - spade a spade, kill duff projects and remove non- contributors, not simply the 'B' team but the 'C' team. Had he invited HTML he would have patented it for a device of his own. And he has Syrian grandparents from Homs. Good job he didn't get into arms manufacture.