Steve Jobs on his legacy in 1994 (with video)

“A reportedly never-before-seen video from 1994 surfaced on the Web on Tuesday, showing late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs discussing his legacy and what it means to contribute to the industry he helped shape,” AppleInsider reports.

“The interview, which comes from the Silicon Valley Historical Association, was first spotted by The Loop after YouTube channel ‘EverySteveJobsVideo’ uploaded the video on Tuesday,” AppleInsider reports. “Jobs likened his contribution as a layer of sediment in a growing mountain.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: The Loop. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

42 Comments

    1. I think Steve Jobs will be remembered very long after his death. More like a Thomas Edison and such. While Ballmer has done very little to be remembered nicely,

      Note that we remember the villains also. We will always remember the guy in the black suit with the black mustache bending over the train tracks tying poor miss Nelly to the tracks. We might forget his name but he lives in infamy… LOL

      Just a thought

  1. you can sliver apart his imperfections, but Steve Jobs had a clear sense of his place in the world, the vision and taste to improve the user experience, and the charisma and confidence to disarm all but the most recalcitrant foes. I really miss him. That is not to say that Tim Cook is a slouch. Far from it. He is the best leader for Apple. He will execute and he KNOWS his strengths and will gain his own unique aesthetic. Perhaps he needs to drop acid and roam in India for a while.

  2. No, the iPhone will be remembered along with the telegraph, telephone, incandescent lighting, and television.

    I am sure of this one (even though he had yet to create it).

    Also, my iMac G4 1.25GHz still boots up and operates perfectly….

    1. iPhone will be widely remembered through history only if Apple itself will survive that long, and if it will continue this model line. Otherwise people will forget it, and only historians will know about it.

      It is hard for any company to exist that long. Even some of the best European companies that sometimes existed for Centuries, get closed and go to history classes.

      And while under Cook and those who closely worked with Jobs, know and support his philosophy behind the company, design, et cetera, will try to keep the merit of Apple as long as they can, in decades, new people might take over government of Apple and it can become another Hewlett-Packard.

      This is difference Jobs meant: painters or architects do not need themselves or their painting studios, architect bureaus to exist forever, and only need to live a painting or a building. With technology, it is not like that.

      However, Jobs has left Pixar’s works that will be in wide known history forever. Even though works are not directly his artistically, people can remember that ages ago, legendary inventor and visionary has made it possible.

      1. @ DeRS,
        Methinks that thou hast taken not into account Apple’s University! Ye Olde Skool set up by his Jobsness to foister & forment his vision to future Apple inc. leaders. So important didst he consider it that he had ye principle’s office next to his.

      2. Sorry, but I disagree. I feel that it will be remembered as THE first true multi-faceted communicator that changed forever how ALL phones will eventually operate.

        I honestly think it was that important of a breakthrough.

  3. And the dickheads in Cupertino are trying their level best to nullify Steve Jobs’ legacy by the monstrosity that is iOS 7. Steve Ballmer must be laughing in his secret lair.

    1. Wow! An anonymous coward troll post! How original! Come on Samsung! You don’t pay these trolls enough! Imagine the quality of trolling you’d get if you REALLY forked over the dough!

      Spend Samsung! Spend SPEND SPEND!

    2. Gee, you Samsung paid bloggers are relentless.

      Hint, when you call iOS 7 a piece of crap right now, how do you justify calling Samsung’s iOS 7 clone, in 6 months, the best OS ever?

        1. If you have to label a joke “a joke” or sarcasm “/s” you have to assume a very low level sense of humor or basic intelligence…sarcasm and cynicism, after all are deliberate witty expressions that are subtle and indirect.

  4. Little did Steve realize then that although he was putting down a layer on the ever increasing in size mountain of technology, he certainly didn’t put down a thin layer. His layer was massive and some day we’ll look up at that mountain and realize that it couldn’t have been a mountain without him.

    I miss you Steve.

  5. That would be like saying no one remembers, understands or is currently benefiting from what Ford or Edison did.

    (I used American examples because that is where Jobs is from)

    1. Take Ford, for instance. Their F 150 pick-up has a heated tail gate. That’s innovation. They did that heated tail gate, so that when it snowed, your hands wouldn’t get cold while you are trying to push the truck through the snow.

    1. When you wipe the snot D, bring your open palm up from your lips in one continuous motion till you reach the back or your head.

      You can then achieve the all encompassing green hair attire of a true snot head.

  6. Steve’s commentary also reflects those of us who are tech mavens. We’re driven to keep up with technology day to day while we watch the stuff we learned and with which we worked become irrelevant in 10 years. And we like it!

    One compliment I can toss Steve’s way is that he, like no one else, wrote the blueprint for future of computing. It’s about the customers, the clients, the users and technological progress. It’s not about merely making money. It’s not about vacuous prestige, it’s not about pleasing the lost and self-destructive BizTards of the world. Apple is easily the best company on the planet and Steve Jobs drove Apple onto that path into the distant future.

    Hey BizTards: Learn or rot. Your layer of sediment is being washed away in the flood of history. Meanwhile, Apple really is building a magnificent mountain, year after year. And you don’t have to be some brain dead fanboi to notice. The entire world has noticed.

    Where will Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, Raspberry, Dell, ad nauseam be in the distant future? Who cares! Better left forgotten.

    1. @ DC. They will be lying deep under a huge mountain of history, the pressure and heat turning them into either diamonds, oil or fossils. Future generations will excavate them either for treasure, fuel or intellectual curiosity about our past.

      1. I’ve been telling people since I was in 7th grade that we’d end up digging up garbage dumps for resources. No one believed me. Boohoo. We do now!

        As for archaeology, our current computers will be considered ancient horrors and future people will wonder how we put up with this crap.

    2. “We’re driven to keep up with technology day to day while we watch the stuff we learned and with which we worked become irrelevant in 10 years”

      And that’s why the leading edge is aka the bleeding edge.

  7. Ha! Steve represented Apple’s virtues not complacency. Other companies pride themselves on either their mimicry or complacency. That’s what sets Apple apart from the imitators. Apple dies without continued innovation and even struggle. Without struggling for innovation, even struggling through failures, makes Apple sonething living, something magical.

  8. Jobs was wrong. The Mac wasn’t obsolete in a few years. It’s more relevant than ever and continues to grow in PC market share. The Mac part of Apple by itself would be a Fortune 500 company.

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