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“Fuck Michael Dell”

October 10, 2011

Quote of the day came from the legendary Steve Jobs himself, as told by John Lilly when he was still working at Apple:

“Someone in the audience asked him about Michael Dell’s suggestion in the press a few days previous that Apple should just shut down and return the cash to shareholders, and as I recall, Steve’s response was: “Fuck Michael Dell.”   Good god, what a message from a CEO! ….. He said, explicitly: “If you want to make Apple great again, let’s get going. If not, get the hell out.” I think it’s not an overstatement to say that just about everyone in the room loved him at that point, would have followed him off a cliff if that’s where he led.”

That is Steve indeed, the crazy one, the misfit, the rebel, the trouble maker, the round peg in the square hole, the one who sees thing differently.. (quoted from Steve himself)

No one really like Michael Dell when he said that Apple should shut down back then, people remember, especially Steve Jobs, even nine years later.

* Update: I just found out that John Gruber (Daring Fireball) has also posted the same story and with the same title, for the record I didn’t intend to copy him, and I stumbled the story from elsewhere on my iPad yesterday, didn’t have the time to post it at that moment and I just uploaded my post when I read John’s.

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