Steve was a genius and a visionary, and I’ve never viewed that my role was to replace him. Steve was an original. I’ve never really felt the weight of trying to be Steve. It’s not my goal in life. I am who I am. I am focused on that. On being a great CEO of Apple.Apple CEO Tim Cook • During an interview at the D10 conference on Tuesday night, speaking about his legacy compared to that of Steve Jobs. Cook revealed during the when talking to Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg that, in 1998, after five minutes of talking with Apple, he decided he really wanted to work there — after initially rebuffing them for weeks. While Cook gave a few hints about products — most notably the rumored Apple TV — the really interesting stuff was what he had to say about being an exec. You can read the full recap over here.
They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.Mark Dean, IBM’s Middle East and Africa CTO • Talking about PCs. This is the one of the guys who originally designed the IBM PC, which has set the basic template for most desktop computers for roughly 30 years now. He goes on to say that he didn’t ever think that he’d witness its decline. “It’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact,” he said. And it’s true — think about all of the different devices we use today. The PC did start it all, but this article highlights why it’s evident that the PC is on its way out. source (via • follow)
We have transitioned from jobs that primarily involved doing physical activity on our feet to ones where most of us make our living while sitting.Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher Timothy Church • Describing why we use far fewer calories at work now than we did 30 years ago. To put it simply, we sit around a lot, a fact which anyone could tell you by the mere fact that they too sit around at their computers all day. Could someone create … like a Wii version of Excel or something like that? So we might have to exercise while adding things to a spreadsheet or blogging or cutting out a photo in Photoshop? Or could you turn our computers into treadmills that only power on while we’re running on them? Seems like all this technology at our disposable makes us lazy and fat or something. source (via • follow)