As part of the reshuffle in Egypt’s government, Dr. Zahi Hawass has been replaced as Antiquities Minister. Mohamed Abdel Fattah has assumed the role. Read more about the appointment HERE.
Monthly Archives: August 2011
In the wake of the resignation of Steve Jobs, the Internet community is acting as though they are at a funeral. Steve Jobs is not dead. He merely resigned as CEO of Apple and has been voted Chairman of the Board of Directors. I certainly understand why there is an outpouring of grief considering the circumstances surrounding his resignation and medical leave, but lets save the obituaries for when they are necessary. Instead, we should celebrate what Steve Jobs was able to accomplish as CEO of Apple.
Steve returned to Apple in 1997 when the company purchased his tech firm NExT. He had been absent from Apple since 1985 and the company was failing. Steve was named interim CEO and convinced the Board of Directors to resign. This allowed Steve to build a new Board.
Apple’s major issue in 1997 was that it offered too many product lines (computers, printers, cameras, etc.) and Steve decided it should trim them down. In fact, at the time, Apple offered nine different variations of its computers. After employees were unable to explain the differences between the models, it was clear they should be eliminated. He quickly sent the Macintosh team back to the drawing board to create a new computer, one that could be used by professionals and novices alike.
Before Steve was able to accomplish this, however, there was one major obstacle standing in his way…cash. Apple did not have any. He was forced to look for partners, and in a move that surprised and angered many in the Apple community, he turned to Microsoft. Bill Gates invested in Apple and they created a temporary partnership that would allow them to share specific patents. In return, Microsoft bought Apple stock with the stipulation they would not sell it for two years. This gave Apple the cash it needed to create the products that would shape my generation.
Apple struck first in 1998 with the introduction of the iMac. The all in one desktop device gave Apple the boost it needed, in capital and in stock value. Apple was quiet for a few years, but in 2000, Steve was no longer considered the “interim” CEO of Apple.
In 2001, Apple unveiled its newest device, one that would change how the world listens to music, the iPod. At first, the iPod is simply a device for loading your CDs too, but Apple vision went much further and in 2003 they released the iTunes music store. For the first time, the consumer could buy ONE song instead of an entire album. This also allowed independent artists to distribute their music directly to the public.
In August 2004, Steve was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that is deemed to be operable. He recovered from surgery and returned to work in September of the same year. In his 2005 Stanford Commencement address, Steve briefly talked about his diagnosis and how the doctor had originally given him three months to live, before performing a biopsy.
Apple’s innovation hit a new high when Steve unveiled the iPhone in 2007. The phone was the first to have content that was not controlled by the cell phone carrier. Apple took the iPhone to the next level when they unveiled the App Store. This gave developers a place to distribute their applications to the owners of iPhones.
In 2009, Steve’s health made headlines again when he announced he would be taking medical leave in January. When he returned to work in July, he revealed he had undergone a liver transplant earlier that year. Steve’s return was greatly welcomed, but since this event, Steve has never looked as strong.
In January 2010, Steve was on stage yet again to unveil another Apple device, the iPad. The iPad continues to dominate the tablet market almost two years later.
In January 2011, Steve announced that he was once again taking an indefinite medial leave to focus on his health. Despite being on medical leave, Steve was present for the iPad 2 event in January and WWDC in June. Many saw this as a sign that Steve’s health was improving that his medical leave would soon end. Yesterday’s announcement of Steve’s resignation as CEO came as a surprise as many, and has left the Apple community concerned over his health.
Over the past fourteen years, Steve has led Apple from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most valuable tech company in the world. There are critics of Apple’s strategies and, at times, bullying of it competitors, but there is no denying that Apple would not be what it has become if it were not for Steve Jobs.
In a surprising move today, Steve Jobs announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO. In an open letter (see below) Jobs asked to remain as the director of Apple’s Board of Directors. Apple confirmed in a press release (also below) that Jobs had resigned and Tim Cook has been named CEO. The Board also voted to make Jobs its director.
I cannot say I did not see this coming. Jobs has been on medical leave since January of this year and his authorized biography is to be published this November. I do not care to speculate why he had made this decision, but I join the technological community in wishing him well.
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple
Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
“Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.
As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
UPDATE: Tim Cook’s Letter to Apple
I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.
Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.
I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.
I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.
Three months after being hit by an EF-5 tornado, the city of Joplin continues to rebuild. Businesses and homeowners alike are working to put their livelihood back together. Some businesses have even completely rebuilt. Yesterday, Walgreens on the corner of Rangeline and 20th Street reopened after being completely destroyed by the tornado. The store had to be rebuilt completely from the foundation up, and after only 90 days, the store has reopened.
Meanwhile, Joplin’s kids have returned to normal when they went back to school last Wednesday. Several of Joplin’s schools had to be repaired, students reshuffled between various buildings, and the Juniors and Seniors are attending class at a temporary location inside North Park Mall. Joplin’s superintendant of schools C.J. Huff is being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking and ability to keep the school year on schedule.
The city of Joplin has come together to rebuild to move forward following the devastation. The citizens continue to work together after three months of recovery, and there is still work to be done.
When the Corps of Engineers arrived in Joplin to lead the clean-up effort following the May 22 tornado, they knew that had a limited amount of time to accomplish the task. With over 30% of the city destroyed, the task of cleaning up seemed daunting, but the volunteers came out in droves. In May, August 7 was set as the deadline to have the 1.5 million cubic yards of debris cleared. Yesterday, local TV stations KSN and KODE toured Joplin from the air and shot some amazing footage (click the source below to watch the video). When yesterday’s video is compared to that of May 22, the difference is staggering. Colonel Daniel Patton is in charge of the Army Corps of Engineer office in Joplin, and he reports that the debris will be completely removed by tomorrow’s deadline. He gives all the credit to his crew, local contractors, and the thousands of volunteers who have flocked to Joplin to lend a hand. These crews have worked 12 hours per day, seven days per week since May 22. Now, 79 days later, the end is only 24 hours away.
Although debris removal will be completed sometime tomorrow, the Army Corps of Engineers will not leave Joplin. Their next task is to assist the rebuilding of local schools and the construction of temporary housing for those who lost their homes.
Now that the task of debris removal is complete, the rebuilding can become the focus of the city. Several of the local business, including Walmart, Walgreens, and Home Depot, have already began their rebuilding process and hope to reopen by the end of this year.
It amazes me how residents, local businesses, and volunteers from around the country have come together to rebuild the city of Joplin.
On Wednesday I posted the list of courses I am taking this Fall. After looking over the list of textbooks, I was surprised to learn that there are so many this semester! The number of books required for this semester totals 25. That is not including additional readings that will be assigned once the class begins. For example, for HIST 600 it is likely we will be assigned books to report on to the class. These are the books that I will have to purchase (for more information on each book, click on the title to be taken to the book’s Amazon page):
-HIST 590 – Gender in Latin America - Indian Women of Early Mexico, Gender & Disorder in Early Modern Seville, Infamous Desire, Case of Ugly Suitor, Chica Da Silva, Lives of Women: New History of Inquisitional Spain, What Is Gender History?, Marriage, Class & Colour in 19th Century Cuba, Trading Roles, Faces of Honor, People of the Volcano, Women Who Live Evil Lives, Moon, Sun & Witches, Laboring Women, and Public Lives, Private Secrets
-HIST 700 – Thesis Research - NONE ASSIGNED
Do not be fooled by HIST 700, however. I have already read several books this summer for my Thesis and have many more primary source documents and secondary source books to go. Once again I will have my work cut out for me!
This morning, Dan McSweeney, the executive director of the SS United States Conservancy, released an important update on the status of the ship. He explained that the SS United States will not likely remain in Philadelphia, but be moved to New York York City. The SS United States‘ home port was New York City during its service career, and it would make sense that she “retire” there. McSweeney indicated that the vessel will be used as a stationary multi-purpose attraction.
While this is great news, McSweeney and the Conservancy acknowledge that there is still much work to be done. The restoration of the vessel will come with a hefty price-tag, but McSweeney indicates there are several potential investors interested in the project. This is welcome news for all those interested in the SS United States and those interested in preserving maritime history.
Read the full release here.
It is that time of year again…classes at James Madison University start again on August 29. Like the last two semesters, I am taking three courses and I am a Teaching Assistant once again. The courses I am taking this fall include:
-HIST 590 – Gender in Latin America. Instructor: William C. Van Norman
-HIST 600 – Seminar in US History: Early Period. Instructor: Philip David Dillard
-HIST 700 – Thesis Research. Instructor: Christopher Versen
In addition, I will TA for GHIST 101 World History to 1500 taught by Michael Seth. I took a course last fall with Dr. Seth (HIST 653) and had a great time. In fact, the only professor this semester that I have yet to work with is Dr. Van Norman. Dr. Versen is my thesis director, and I worked with Dr. Dillard on History Day in the Spring.
I am looking forward to beginning the second, and final year of my Master’s degree. I will post the list of books for each course in the coming days, and, as always, I will describe each class in detail once the semester begins.
In case you missed the news, 1,000,000 lucky fans will get to beta test the new Pottermore website before it goes live in October. Those at Pottermore have created a unique game they call “7 books, 7 days, 7 chances.” Now through August 6, there will be a trivia question placed on the homepage of Pottermore. The first day’s question is from book 1, the second days question is from book 2, and so on. The answer to the question is a number. Once you have the answer, add the number to the end of a the web address quill.pottermore.com/… The magic quill is usually hidden somewhere on the page (this morning it was Warner Brother’s website for Deathly Hallows, Part 2), click on it. You will be taken back to Pottermore and allowed to register.
You have to be lucky to find the question, however. They post it at a random time during the day, so check back often. There are only a limited number of spots per day and once filled, you have to wait until the next day (remember this is WORLD WIDE, not just in the US and Europe). When you register, you are given a username and sent a conformation email to activate your account. This does not give you instant access to Potter, however. Invitations will be sent out to those participating in the beta in groups beginning next week.
This morning, I was lucky enough to get in!! I checked the website before I left for work (6 AM ET) and the question was available. I went through the process of registering and received my email about an hour later (due to the high demand). By the time I got to work, about 10 minutes later, the question was gone and they had filled their quota. It seems that there is only a window of a half hour to get in. Will it get easier as the week goes on? I doubt it! There are still a lot of people who have missed out on their chance to enter. The Harry Potter series has a huge following around the world, and that makes getting one of the spots very competitive.
I will provide updates here (I have added “Potter” as a category) as I go through the experience. I look forward to trying it out in the near future!
To find out more about entering the beta version of Pottermore, visit the Pottermore Insider. Good Luck!
UPDATE: The Magic Quill contest has ended. All the entries have been filled.