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A Steve Jobs Rap Tribute

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Project Gutenberg founder (and proud e-book inventor) Michael Hart died yesterday. He made for one of the more peculiar interviews I've ever done.

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You have to be a special kind of low-life to pull a stunt like this. Upsetting people to amuse yourself is ugly behavior.
Note: hacking a news organizations twitter account and reporting a false terrorist attack is not cool.

Yay! Google+ for iPhone now supports resharing. It's actually allowed it for three days, but I've fallen behind on updating my apps the last few weeks.

Now I'll actually be able to use Google+ on my iPhone. This feature was missed every time I launched the app.

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I'm doing this right now to make a sturdy travel case for my Kindle. An ebook reader within a hardback book!

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"It's a choice whether you, or anyone else, wants to accept the falsehood that liberal values are somehow in contradiction with business success at a global scale. Indeed, it would seem that many who claim to be pro-business are trying to 'save' us from exactly the inclusive, creative, tolerant values that have made America's most successful company possible."

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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.


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Cool project. Building the largest collection of audio recordings of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights read in every language of the world.

The question is: how do we get everyone to abide by them?

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Once again, Huntsman is the sane, rational Republican. The others who are running for President are, at best, irrational and, at worst, a sideshow. The Republican primary process, controlled by the far-right fringe of the party, will dismiss Huntsman and end in the selection of a candidate who will be unelectable. Huntsman would have a better chance of becoming president if he ran against Obama in a Democratic primary race.

He should have kept his job as ambassador to China. He would have made more of difference there than he's going to make crawling around in the mud with the other candidates, and his party will not thank him for trying to drag it into the 21st century.

I just heard a guy on one of those antique-related TV shows (someone else in the room was flipping through the channels) tell a woman that her choice to buy a $7,000 clock, instead of spending that money on a trip to Italy, was a good decision because the clock will be around forever while the trip would have been over fast. Yes, her golden clock will be around forever, gathering dust on a mantel, but she'll only be able to enjoy it for the rest of her life. Is that worth passing up the opportunity to add a great life experience to the list of memories that she'll have for the rest of her life? I don't think so.

I'll take the trip. You can keep the clock.
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