Yesterday, Steve Jobs made what must have been the toughest decision of his life – the decision to resign as Chief Executive Officer of Apple. The news came as a huge surprise to many Apple fans across the world, despite signs his health was failing.
Today, the story is about what the future holds for Apple without Jobs at the helm, even though he’s leaving the company in the hands of his well-trusted, right-hand man, Tim Cook.
While we can’t predict the future, we can look back at the past – way before the iPod, the iPhone or the iPad.
We’ve come across a great YouTube video from the Worldwide Developers Conference in 1997 where Jobs was asked to give the closing keynote speech. Instead, he chose to have an honest and candid conversation with the audience. Even though his talk is 14 years old, many of his points are still relevant today, including his insight on how Apple should deal with the negative press.
YouTube’s latest sensation is Matthew Epstein, a 24-year-old product manager from Atlanta, who’s taken an innovative approach to getting himself noticed by one of the largest companies on earth, Google.
Unemployed and frustrated, Epstein created a video plea to Google early this month about why they should hire him. But it wasn’t what he said that caught the world’s attention; it’s how did it. Dressed in a suit and tie, with a fake moustache and scotch in hand, Epstein revealed his comical yet “suave” alter ego.
The video, which has now received more than 400,000 views, has received mix reviews. Some Human Resources professionals commented that it was too much, while others praised him for his creativity and courage.
Did the video work? According to Epstein’s personal website, he’s since received several job offers and is getting close to landing a dream job. Whether it’s with Google or someone else, is still unknown.
If you haven’t already heard, George Affleck, President and CEO of Curve Communications, is running for council under the NPA.
Since throwing his hat into the ring, George has been asked why he’s running in this campaign. His answer is simple: because Vancouver matters.
Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, George says he doesn’t just love Vancouver, “he lives Vancouver.” His passion for the city he calls home, means he is strongly committed to groups in his community. George works closely with the arts, he is chair of a Parent Advisory Committee, a member of the board for the Vancouver Children’s Festival and is past chair of the Vancouver Comedy Festival and the Cooperative Auto Network (now Modo), both of which he lead to much success during his tenure.
George joins mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton and the NPA team, including:
Elizabeth Ball – Candidate for City Council
Sean Bickerton – Candidate for City Council
Joe Carangi – Candidate for City Council
Ken Charko – Candidate for City Council
Mike Klassen – City Council
Jason Lamarche – Candidate for City Council
Bill McCreery – Candidate for City Council
Bill Yuen – Candidate for City Council
Francis Wong – Candidate for City Council
If you’re looking for more information about George, his campaign and the NPA, follow this link.
Pictures of burning cars and anarchists clad with balaclavas are images Vancouverites are happy to forget. However, last week those images came rushing back when less than two months after the Stanley Cup riots, London was facing the same mayhem – only much worse.
While social media in Vancouver was used as a tool to track and catch offenders, one of the biggest differences in London was the ability for rioters to regroup and organize further violence and chaos by communicating through Twitter, Facebook and even BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
Since then, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and a fellow Member of Parliament have said they would consider shutting down all social networking sites if people are thought to be plotting criminal activity.
Today, the discussion is whether or not we have a right to use social media. What if another riot happened in Vancouver? Would you support a complete shutdown of social media and BBM services in order to protect public safety? Or would this infringe on your rights to freedom of speech?
The smiley face emoticon; whether you use it or not, it’s here to stay.
There is always a place and time for it, but have you ever wondered about the correct grammatical use for the smiley face?
Mignon Forgarty, also known as Grammar Girl and the author of six writing books, including the new books 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again, is helping us solve the age old question about where to add the smiley face, inside or outside a closing parenthesis?