Some book reviews
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If you want to read something visionary, I just finished The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan. With dramatic changes occurring in the world, often driven by social media, it is amazing to read a book that understood this so well yet was written in 1967. In fact Marshall passed away in 1980, well before most people got near a TCP/IP address and when the role of the Internet in societal change was still many many years away. A fascinating read (with some amazing art work!).
I have also been reading the excellent Steve Jobs bio by Walter Isaacson, what a fantastic book! I did not know about the friendship between Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison, nor about Al Gores role in Apple. The details of the early collaboration between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are really interesting, as is the amazing back story of how Pixar came to be. The book is as much a history of the personal computer as it is a bio of Jobs himself. Reading the book was also quite thought-provoking, especially on themes like: motivation; ignoring the impossible; creating A-teams and the impact of office layout on creativity and teamwork.
At one point the book refers to the Macintosh software dating game, which led me to watch this video. It is also a revelation. Enjoy!