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Test Drive

"In 1985 Apple had a promotion called Test Drive where you could borrow a Mac for the weekend from your local computer reseller. At the same time they had a sales contest for reseller sales people. I had just finished my undergraduate degree (Animal Science/Microbiology) and needed to make some money for grad school, so I went to work for a local computer reseller in Ames, Iowa (I was always the computer guy in the lab).
At the end of the sales contest I got a letter from Apple (I knew it was legit because it was done on a yet to be shipped LaserWriter) saying that I’d won and was invited to Cupertino (my first trip to California).

There were other winners from other regions (but I sold the most) and I got to have dinner with Steve and Mike Murray (VP of Marketing). As a guy that had been playing with Apple II’s since 1978, it was more than a dream come true. I was 24 years old, having dinner with Steve Jobs. I personally understand the term "reality distortion field". I also spent the week with other sales and marketing execs at Apple in interviews, a tour of the factory and meetings at headquarters.

Steve gave me the keys to a Porsche 944 and then about 3 months later, Apple called back to see if I would consider moving to California and work at headquarters. I stayed for 10 years. After my second sabbatical, I helped found a new networking and communications company called Packeteer as CEO, took it public in 1999 and retired in 2002 at 41.

Lots of people can rightfully say that Steve Jobs changed their life. Me, too."

(Source technologizer com)

... and me too after reading Steve's commencement address at Stanford University.


Related links ...

Apple and Porsche
http://iNotes4You.com/2014/09/16/apple-and-porsche
iParking
https://plus.google.com/116431277733031496736/posts/NXfVLgW7giJ
Innovation
https://plus.google.com/116431277733031496736/posts/VeWXhx9pgXz
Apple's sponsoring
https://plus.google.com/116431277733031496736/posts/4tCoW8jB6bs
Steve's commencement address at Stanford University
http://iNotes4You.com/2014/04/21/steve-jobs-timeline-2000-2011


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Could Apple be on the Cusp of a New Era of Remarkable Innovation? 
Close to a year ago we posted a report titled "Jonathan Ive: We're at the beginning of a remarkable time." The most interesting moment in the Time's article is when Ive stated that Apple was "… at the beginning of a remarkable ...
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The iGun ;-)
Marc Newson</a>, who recently joined Apple as a special adviser, has been working with Bretta to design a shotgun for the modern age.
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Apple Construction Site, Apple campus 2 http://youtu.be/zaludLI7KPg
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10 weird things you can, but probably shouldn't, do with fire. 
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We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
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Apple Seeks Trademarks for Revised Mac Logo.
Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the revised Mac Logo that debuted with Yosemite.
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Whether at the office, at a coffee shop, a college campus, an airport or a conference, Macs seem to be everywhere today. And, for those of us who were around tech in the late ’90s, that's pre...
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The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night"  http://youtu.be/PMerSm2ToFY
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