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Thursday, October 06, 2011

 
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Pejman Yousefzadeh has some thoughtful words.

Kevin Williamson notes a characteristic of Apple Computers that the government does not enjoy: economies of scale. "Once you figure out why your cell phone gets better and cheaper every year but your public schools get more expensive and less effective, you can apply that model to answer a great many questions about public policy. Not all of them, but a great many."

I don't own a single Apple product. No iPhone (or any other cell phone), no iPod, no iPad. But I have enjoyed one of Steve Jobs' other legacies: Pixar. While Disney feature films in latter years produced more mediocrity than quality, in its short time Pixar created some of the best animated feature films of all time: Toy Story and its two worthy sequels, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and a personal favorite, Ratatouille. Few live-action films have a scene as moving as this:



Like the restaurant in the film, the microcomputer revolution owes much of its talent to humble origins. Apple was started by two college dropouts in Steve Jobs' bedroom. It now ranks 35th in the Fortune 500. Steve Jobs and his pals have made the world a better place.

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