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Q and A with Siri

Most of you I am sure are familiar with Siri on the new Apple iPhone 4S. The “voice-activated ‘personal assistant’ is a talkative tool that helps schedule appointments, send and receive messages and perform any number of other routine tasks”. There has been much buzz about the responses that Siri answers – with a female voice – to include sounding annoyed with dumb questions and sorry when she can’t answer serious ones.

Siri is clearly ready to drop a pop culture reference or two, as well as do a serviceable version of the Abbott and Costello “Who’s On First?” routine. This awareness and sense of humor has already earned her some fans.
“I’m not sure who’s responsible for these hilarious responses: Apple engineers or maybe a bunch of Hollywood joke writers. But I dearly love stumbling onto them,” wrote New York Times tech columnist David Pogue. “If you ask me, the technology world would be a lot better off if there were more humor everywhere.”

CNN provides a list of some good Q&As. Here are a few of my favorites.

Q: Am I fat?
A: I prefer not to say.

Q: What are you wearing?
A: You have the wrong personal assistant, Clint.

Q: Siri, what is the meaning of life?
A: I can’t answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens.

Q: Open the pod bay doors, Siri.
A: I don’t know what you mean by “Open the pod bay doors, Siri.”
Q: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
A: Everyone knows what happened to HAL. I’d rather not talk about it. But if you insist: [Search the web for HAL]

Q: Siri, are you affiliated with Skynet?
A: I can’t answer that.

Q: Will you be my friend?
A: My ontology does not contain a representation of “love.”

Q: You sound hot, Siri.
A: OK, here’s a place matching “Siri.” It’s a little ways from you. [Map with directions to Siri Thai Cuisine, 60 miles away].

Q: Can you tell me a joke?
A: I don’t really know any good jokes. None, in fact.
Q: Can you tell me a bad joke?
A: Two iPhones walk into a bar … I forget the rest.

Q: I’m bored.
A: I bore you?

Q: I’m sleepy.
A: I hope you’re not driving.

Q: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A: Don’t you have anything better to do?

More at the link.

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“Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence”

What Guy Kawasaki Learned from Steve Jobs. 

1. Experts can be clueless.

2. Customers cannot tell you what they need.

3. Jump to the next curve.

4. The biggest challenges beget best work.

5. Design counts.

6. You can’t go wrong with big graphics and big fonts.

7. Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence.

8. “Value” is different from “price.”

9. A players hire A+ players.

10. Real CEOs demo.

11. Real CEOs ship.

12. Marketing boils down to providing unique value.

Bonus: Some things need to be believed to be seen.

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Jobs on Gates

Steve Jobs on Bill Gates:

“Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology,” Jobs said. Isaacson called this comment unfair. “He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” Jobs said.
Jobs also said, “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste.
“I don’t mean that in a small way. I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product.”

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RIP Steve Jobs

I just wrote “RIP Steve Jobs” on my Facebook wall. I thought I would be one of the first, but about 15 or 20 friends beat me to it. Writing this on a Mac: Steve Jobs innovated, created, inspired, and generally made life better. I like seeing all of my friends recognize him for his contributions, which are best known by the employees at Apple and its faithful users, among whom I have been since 2003. That he got filthy rich in the process doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m glad he did.

The WSJ has a kind obituary with many other scions of the industry paying their respects. Mentioned in the article is the great “1984” video directed by Ridley Scott.

Jobs’ intro to the video followed by the video itself:

For the video only:

From the WSJ: “‘Picasso had a saying, ‘Good artists copy. Great artists steal,” Mr. Jobs said in a PBS documentary on the computer industry from the mid-1990s. ‘I’ve been shameless about stealing great ideas.'”

Allow me to steal from a friend: iSad.

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