Maybe you’ve heard of this Steve Jobs guy. One of the founders of Apple Computers. There’s a good chance that you might be reading this review on a device that Steve Jobs had a hand in developing – just like I’m writing this on my Apple produced iPad. Some consider him one of the most influential people of our modern age. Whenever this man got up to speak, whenever he was ready to launch a new product, people listened. Crowds would gather to hear him talk about the new iPhone or iPod. He’d have the audience hanging on his every word and leave them with them giving him a standing ovation.
When he passed away in 2011, he left many people wondering what would happen to Apple without its charismatic front man. The Internet was flooded with words of tribute for this man, of how much he meant to people. But another question was lurking under the surface – what was Steve Jobs really like?
Jobs is the first of the Steve Jobs bio-pics to hit the cinema screen (there’s another one on its way written by Aaron Sorkin, the writer of West Wing and The Social Network). With Ashton Kutcher donning the iconic jeans and black shirt, this film attempts to show us the man behind the Apple logo. However, it feels like the creators of this movie don’t know the answer either – they can’t make up their minds if he’s a visionary creator or a jerk. And it’s this ambiguity that is the downfall of this film.
I bought myself an iPad. I could try to pretend that I bought it for ministry use or to increase my productivity. But the real reason I bought the iPad was to read comic books. DC Comics announced that they were releasing all their comics digitally on the day they came out in stores. The digital price of comics is cheaper than what I can get them for in the store and I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to store them. And so far I’m loving reading my comics on the thing.
One of the first questions people asked me when they heard I had an iPad was if I was going to preach from it. That seems to be what all the cool preachers are doing these days. So I gave it a shot. And I liked it. I thought it might be helpful to talk through my experience and how I went about preparing.
There’s a good chance you’re reading this article either on a Windows based PC or on a Mac. (If you’re using Linux, keep reading. This will all apply to you as well.) For years, these two computer platforms have dominated the industry. Chances are you’re either a PC user or a Mac user. Rarely do the two overlap. It’s not uncommon to find people who are very passionate about their choice of computer. The kind of passion that leads to friendly rivalry. But after reading this article on Windows 7 and Mac users, I’m no longer convinced that this rivalry is friendly.
It’s a war.
And it’s a war we shouldn’t be fighting.