Posts tagged: Apple
January 5, 2009
Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Dear Apple Community,
For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.
Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.
I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.
I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.
So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.
My Apple Powerbook G4 threw a wobbly last night – an electrical burning smell pervaded my study, and my laptop slowly lost power, moving onto reserve power before I shut it down to save my work.
I traced the fault to an arcing power lead. A break in the plastic had caused it to short and I could actually see sparks. Potentially very dangerous.
So, I called in to Magnum Mac on my way to work this morning to buy a replacement part.
It was $149.00.
You can buy a jug lead for about $8.00. I bought a five plug board with cutout fuse for $6.50. How can a power lead for a laptop cost $149.00?
It’s made in China. Wages are low. It’s got to be a 1000% markup.
It does look good though. Ah, the price of vanity.
Should I invest in Leopard?
I’m running a Powerbook G4 with 1.25 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. This is within the recommendations set by Apple, but it’s always going to run best on the latest machines. I’ll be interested to see what other ‘older’ Apple users experience.
There’s a typically exhaustive review on Cnet here .
And of course Apple do a very comprehensive ‘sell’ here .