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by Anon — Jan 26
I think ultimately, people see Steve as a Saviour. Why? He saved the Mac. He gave us back the company that we loved and saw dying under some God-awful CEOs, hell-bent on destroying it. There was one computer that seemed to working right most of the time and there were millions that weren't and just when it seemed like we'd all have to give up our little-computer-that-could and head over to Windows95, Jobs stepped back into the picture and saved us, the Mac Faithful. He started by giving us the iMac and OS X. What an entrance.

Then he started saving Music. He (and his talented team) has single-handedly given the vast majority of the world's music buyers a real place to go to enjoy buying music legally and helped to pour almost a billion dollars back into the music industry.

He saved the portable music player. Nothing worked and then... the iPod. He gave us "a thousand songs in your pocket". Four years later, it's "15,000 songs in your pocket... oh and pictures... oh and tv shows and movies and music videos". We love Steve because he cares enough to do things RIGHT. Bottomline, the Bottomline with Steve is NOT the Bottomline. The Bottomline has always been to bring something simple yet something great to all of us. With the iPod, even the PC users get to enjoy. And if he's making some money along the way, fine. He's earned it. He's giving quality goods and service for our hard-earned money. What else do we want as consumers anyway?

That's the Mac Faithful Image of Steve these days.

About his giving... which was the real rub against Leander Kahney. Consider this...

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." - Jesus from Matthew 6:2-3 (NIV)

When one considers that Steve's not on the Cover of Time as Person of the Year for his giving, a person could assume it's because he just doesn't give at all. That he's a greedy, corporate power-hungry mogel.

Or one could give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it might be because he has a little conviction and humility about his giving.

Don't assume the worst, even when you don't hear the trumpet blasts. They're not always what they seem.
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