18. August 2015 · Comments Off on Jobs: Air Bubbles · Categories: Uncategorized

David W. Brown, writing for The Atlantic back in 2011:

When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.

The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod, and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched bottom, bubbles floated to the top.

“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”

 

26. April 2015 · Comments Off on What I’m Reading: How to Get Lucky · Categories: Uncategorized

How to Get Lucky: 13 techniques for discovering and taking advantage of life’s good breaks

Max Gunther’s lost classic brought back into print. Most people imagine that you’re born lucky or you get lucky. Max Gunther shows you how you get lucky.