Book Review: Becoming Steve Jobs

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader. By Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. In Becoming Steve Jobs,* tech journalists Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli document Steve Jobs’ growth and development as a person and consequently as a better leader of companies. It’s a far more humanizing book than Walter Isaacson’s flat portrayal of Jobs as half jerk, half genius in his 2011 authorized biography, Steve Jobs*, though Isaacson’s book covers more ground. I found Becoming Steve Jobs to be an interesting contrast to Isaacson’s book, and I recommend reading… Continue Reading Book Review: Becoming Steve Jobs

Book Review: Fearless Genius

Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000*, by Doug Menuez. This coffee-table book of photographs documents Silicon Valley’s rise from the mid-1980s to 2000, in vivid, candid, unposed black and white. It features photos of many of the famous key players of the time, as well as photos of those whose contributions did not receive the attention they deserved. Steve Jobs is there, of course, (the beginning of the book is devoted to the creation and launch of the NeXT computer), as are Marc Andreesen, Steve Capps, Susan Kare, John Warnock, Clement Mok,… Continue Reading Book Review: Fearless Genius

How to Write 400 Blog Posts, Part 1

I recently published my 400th blog post. I thought you might want to do something like that yourself. Here’s how I did it, and how you can do it too. If you’ve ever thought “I’d like to make a blog but I don’t know where to start” you are in the right place. THIS is where to start. Look, you don’t write 400 blog posts. You write one blog post, and then you do it again 399 more times. Before you write your first post you need to get your tools in order. Tools I… Continue Reading How to Write 400 Blog Posts, Part 1

Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014

I will be on the Digital Village radio show tomorrow, September 13th, 2014, talking about Apple’s announcements from this Tuesday. The program starts at 10 AM Pacific time and my part will begin around 10:15. Should be about a fifteen minute interview. I’d tune in right at 10 AM as it is always interesting to hear hosts Doran Barons and Ric Allan read the news. Here’s how to listen. In Los Angeles, tune your radio to KPFK 90.7 FM. On a Mac, click this link. (If you use the ClickToFlash Safari extension you will have… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014

Book Review: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

I’ll keep it short: Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs (titled, simply, “Steve Jobs”) is disappointingly shallow. It reads like a high school history book, touching many topics, but going into depth on none. The book serves as a good introduction to Steve Jobs, but given the countless articles that have been in circulation for years, didn’t we already know this stuff? The story of Jobs recruiting John Sculley, hiring him, changing his opinion of him, and eventually losing a power struggle with him, isn’t anything new. Same with Apple buying NeXT, same with Jobs… Continue Reading Book Review: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

iWork ’09 Missing Manual

After months of hard work the iWork ’09 Missing Manual is now available. Here’s a modified version of the cover: Frankly, I think it’s fantastic, and not just because I was involved in it. Josh Clark has written a superb book and you are going to want to read it cover to cover. Click here to read all about it on the publisher’s website (note: they have a “buy two books, get one free” promotion going on if you buy it there– $39.99). Click here to buy it from Amazon*. iWork ’09 includes Pages, Keynote,… Continue Reading iWork ’09 Missing Manual