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My Favorite Steve Jobs Quotes

So who don’t know about him, he’s the name of success and greatness in his field. Steve Jobs.. to run a company like Apple and make it outstanding and the best, who transformed the worlds of personal computing, music and mobile phones, left us on Wednesday October 5th, 2011 at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer. It’s a big loss for Apple and for IT industry and every fan of Steve Jobs. So just for a tribute to Steve, I want to share some great quotes of Steve Jobs.

  1. A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.
  2. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
  3. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
  4. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
  5. To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.
  6. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
  7. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  8. That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
  9. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
  10. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.
  11. Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

We’ll miss you Steve. May Your Soul Rest in Peace.

Personal Computer, IBM and Bill Gates

Personal Computer or PC is one of the greatest innovations of modern times. Last week, PC turned 30. IBM’s 5150 PC made its debut 30 years ago on 12th August, 1981. You will be surprised to know that it had only 16 KB RAM and no floppy disk units. The price was around 1600 $. Commercially, this machine was a big flop. But it set the beginning of a new revolution. Before the launch of this computer, all PC’s were vertically integrated, means, the company which manufactured the machine, would also make the hardware and software.

Due to the issue of not meeting the deadlines, IBM engineers, under the pressure instead of limiting the PC to IBM’s propriety technologies, allowed the integration of external softwares and tools. So this was the decision which ultimately created a huge market for software companies. This decision increased competition in software market. Prices came down, new ideas and innovation helped the growth of new companies. And PC’s became popular.

Bill did not have the OS for IBM’s PC. Meanwhile, in his hunt for new OS, he bought the full rights of an OS, QDOS, for 50000 $ from Seattle Computer Products. He customized QDOS and finally released DOS. In this way, Gates got the lucky break. Since then, IBM started buying OS of its PC from Microsoft. So, IBM unintentionally helped Bill to become the world’s richest man. 🙂

See the old newspaper Ad of IBM’s 5150 PC

Google Music Service- A True Excitement!

Hooked onto the net, the first URL you are bound to type in is Google.com! It is a common thing each individual follows and therefore it is indeed the largest search engine in the world!They say, when you have hope, you will see that every cloud has a silver lining and here, we have been noted that after the removal of Google videos, this company has started another exciting venture for all Googlers called as the Google music service.

The Google music service will provide to each user a secured account where you can store your own personalized digital music wherein you can play your favorite hits on your comp or on your android or smartphone. Using Google music service is rather easy because the user will have to install a small program on the Windows machine wherein it will automatically upload the entire collection to the cloud, so even if you are away from your computer, you can still access your account from any website.

The Google music service provides to you the ability to store around 20 thousand odd songs to the cloud for free, which is why there are a lot of users questioning on when to get started, but the devastating news is that this Google Music Service has only started in the United States and not elsewhere!

Nokia passes Symbian torch to Accenture

Nokia has finalized an agreement that will see the handset maker outsource Symbian development to global consulting company Accenture.

The deal between the companies was first announced in April, as a follow-on to Nokia’s revelation in February that it would focus its efforts on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Accenture will handle Symbian software development and support for Nokia through 2016.

As part of the arrangement, Nokia is transferring approximately 2,800 employees in the U.S., Finland, the U.K., and other countries to the outsourcing firm when the deal closes in October.

Meanwhile, Accenture will also be providing help in the other direction, with the firm becoming “the preferred supplier to Nokia on their transition to Windows Phone,” the companies said today. “Accenture will seek opportunities to leverage transferring employee skills and capabilities to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants.”

In April, Nokia announced that it will also lay off 4,000 employees by the end of 2012. Most of those cuts will occur in Denmark, Finland, and the U.K.

Nokia’s deal with Accenture is the latest chapter in the company’s ongoing effort to transition from Symbian to Windows Phone. Nokia and Microsoft announced a partnership in February that will see Windows Phone become the principal operating system in its line of smartphones.

In addition to Windows Phone, Nokia is trying its luck with the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. Just yesterday, it unveiled the latest entry in its flagship N-series smartphones, the N9, which will run MeeGo. That device is expected to launch later this year.

Skype firing execs before Microsoft merger

Skype, the Internet phone giant recently purchased by Microsoft, is firing senior executives ahead of the deal’s closure, a move that reduces their payout, Bloomberg reports.

Four vice presidents, the company’s chief marketing officer and human resources chief were among those dismissed from the Luxembourg-based company, according to the report, which cited sources who requested anonymity because the departures weren’t made public. The report also named two other executives from a recent acquisition who were let go.

“As part of a recent internal shift, Skype has made some management changes,” Skype spokesman Brian O’Shaughnessy told Bloomberg.

Microsoft representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The software giant announced its intentions in May to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion –it’s largest acquisition ever. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission gave its blessing to the deal, which still awaits approval by the Justice Department, according to the Associated Press.

Microsoft said at the time it plans to integrate Skype’s technology with the Xbox game console and Kinect motion-sensing device, as well as with its Windows Phone platform. The company also will “connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live, and other communities.”

 

IBM Sales Reach $100 Billion as it Reaches 100 Years

Founded in 1911 as a merger of four companies, IBM, then known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., is now 100 years old. By a coincidence, IBM turns 100 years old–on June 16–in the same year it passes $100 billion in sales.

International Business Machines has been the most successfully technology company in the world having earned more than 75,000 U.S. patents, spending more than $150 billion on research, and  employing five Nobel lauriets. The company has had only nine CEOs over its century of existence, and leads the way in enterprise computing solutions and cloud computing advancements.

                America’s iconic big tech hits the century mark and $100 billion in sales”, Chief Executive Sam Palmisano looks back–and ahead.

IBM is proud of is roots, telling the story of its formation back in 1911; with three independent businesses merging to become the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, Charles Flint’s first major move was to hire Thomas Watson Sr. as the company’s general manager in 1914.

Over the last 5 years, IBM adapted its global supply chain and functional processes, resulting in $6 billion productivity savings. The company now accounting for tens of millions of shareholders, does business in over 170 countries and has invest $58 billion in research and design alone.

This is ensured the company’s net income hit an all-time high of $14.8 billion, with gross profit rising from 37% to 46.1%.

 

IBM looks back on 100 years of History

 

How Steve Jobs Met His Wife…

Co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc – Steve Jobs needs no introduction.  I have the highest regard for Steve Jobs. Jobs is a name to consider with in the field of personal computing.

How many people start a billion-dollar business in their garage in their early twenties? How many people can lead the field in three separate industries? (Music– the iPod has revolutionized the way music is delivered; Movies– Pixar is one of the world’s most successful animation studios; and Computing- Apple’s devotion to sexy design and ease of use is legendary.)

Jobs created Apple, together with Steve Woznaik, in his garage.

Pancreatic cancer fails to cripple this guy. Jobs recently unveiled the iPad 2.

While he may look frail and weak, his spirit stays unbroken. So what is it that distinguishes Jobs from the rest? What is it that puts him in a different league altogether? It’s his vigorous attitude.

Jobs’ vision, entrepreneurial skills, upbeat attitude, his ability to think out of the box and tremendous self belief are some qualities that are worth following. Hats off to Steve Jobs!

Jobs asks himself an unforgettable question every time he is faced with a big choice: “What would I do if this was the last night of my life?” Powerful idea behind that! He met his wife (Laurene Powell) like that.

He was giving a university address a number of years back. She was sitting in the audience. He fell for her and approached her after the event. She gave him her number. He wanted to take her out for dinner that very night but had a business meeting on the book. Life’s like that. On his way back to his car, he asked himself (the Steve Jobs question) “What would I do if this was the last night of my life?” He ran back to the auditorium, found the woman and took her out. They’ve been together ever since.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love” – STEVE JOBS

May God Bless Him !!!

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