Ep 35 of 2011
It's been a sad past few days for the Tech Talk crew this week, with the untimely loss of a Elaine Killeen, a very special person near and dear to everyone who works on the show. As a result, this weeks show will be a little different.
A few months back we had the pleasure of meeting Scott and Sheona, the clever writers behind a viral piece of video doing the rounds on Youtube called Vodafail the Musical. At the time, Vodafone was doing it tough, call drops, lack of mobile broadband, poor and non existant customer service… the list goes on. We didn't have to ask this Melbourne based comic duo twice to come and say hello.
He's been called many things by many people, both good and bad, but history will remember Steven Paul Jobs, as a revolutionary in technology, and you'd have to agree that all of us owe him a great deal of gratitude, because out of all those before him, no one has influence today's technology as much as Steve Jobs has.
Last Thursday, Steve Jobs stood down from his position as Chief Executive of one of the world's largest computer companies, Apple to become chairman.
In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of the mouse-driven graphical user interface which led to the creation of the Macintosh.
In a statement, Steve Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant following pancreatic cancer, said he could no longer meet his chief executive's duties and expectations. He will be replaced with by chief operating officer Tim Cook.
Mr Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's chief executive, I would be the first to let you know.
"Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as chief executive of Apple.
"I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
Apple board member Art Levinson paid tribute to Steve's contribution to the company saying: "Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company."
Now an air of uncertainty envelops the Apple brand. What will become of the world's biggest tech company with a new captain at the helm? As you'd expect, the stock market has reacted with the Apple share price falling. Steve's resignation wiped billions of dollars off its stock market value as traders fret over the company's long-term future without its visionary leader.
A 5% decline wipes more than $17bn off Apple's stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just two weeks after it briefly became the world's most valuable company.
But it's early days yet, and Steve is now Chairman, those who come after would be wise to learn of the legends ways. Apple's future is rosy, its customer base is loyal, and its long term plans are well known, but Steve was a known quantity. Determined, passionate, arrogant and a visionary. The only uncertainty now surrounding the company is the leadership qualities of Tim Cook in a post Jobs world.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
We'll re visit some of the guests we've had on the show this year, including the visit we had from James Gardiner. James' insight into the world of digital cinema was very popular with the Tech Talk listeners as the evolution of celluloid to hard drives continues at break neck speed.
Steve Jobs calls it a day at Apple, and Adam Turner takes a look at the Steve Jobs faithful, and remember the team behind Vodafail the Musical? Scott and Sheona joined us live in the Studio earlier this year to vent their comic frustration, which so many vodafone customers could relate to.
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