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iCloud – Twenty Years in the Making

June 3rd, 2011

Until the keynote at this year’s WWDC, the particulars of iCloud are uncertain.  What is clear is that we will be moving one step closer to a vision that Steve Jobs first publicly articulated in 1997.

On the last morning of the that year’s WWDC, several months before re-taking the reigns as interim CEO of Apple, Jobs was invited to host a “fireside chat” – a free flowing Q&A session with developers.

In a telling segment, Jobs describes his personal computing environment at the time:

“I have computers at Apple, at NeXT, at Pixar and at home. I walk up to any of them and log in as myself, it goes over the network and finds my home directory on the server and… I’ve got my stuff wherever I am…”

“…we were able to take all of our personal data, our home directories we call them, off of our local machines and put them on a server, and the software made that completely transparent…”

“…so in the last seven years, do you know how many times I have lost any personal data? Zero. Do you know how many times I have backed up my computer? Zero.”

Watching the video, it is interesting to note how many of the philosophies and ideas are still part of his message today.

Relevant bit starts at about the 13 minute mark.


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  1. Joey Connick
    June 5th, 2011 at 11:48 | #1

    Uh… 1997 is not 20 years ago. It’s not even 15 years ago.

  2. June 8th, 2011 at 09:33 | #2

    In the video, Steve Jobs talks about how he’s been working on/doing this for the last seven years. So circa 1990.

  1. June 4th, 2011 at 08:23 | #1
  2. June 4th, 2011 at 09:34 | #2
  3. June 6th, 2011 at 03:17 | #3