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Steve Jobs Waxes Prophetic At 1997 WWDC

Steve Jobs Waxes Prophetic At 1997 WWDC

Shortly after Apple purchased NeXT (the company that Steve Jobs formed after resigning from Apple in 1984, which Apple later purchased in December 1996), Steve Jobs was invited to host a Q&A section at the 1997 WWDC – At one point, he provided some discussion about what we now call cloud computing – very interesting, considering the impending release of iCloud.

Among other things, a very loose, open, relaxed Steve Jobs hit it out of the park with the following comment:

“Let me describe the world I live in. About eight years ago we had high-speed networking connected to our NeXT hardware. Because we were using NFS, we were able to take all of our personal data — our “home directory” we called them — off of our local machines and put them on a server. The software made that completely transparent…a professional could be hired to back up that server every night.

In the last seven years, do you know how many times I lost any personal data? Zero. Do you how many times I’ve backed up my computer? Zero.

I have computers at Apple, at Pixar, at NeXT and at home. I walk over to any of them and log in as myself. It goes over the network, finds my home directory on the server and I’ve got my stuff, where ever I am. And none of that is on a local disc. The server…is my local disc.”

You can see the entire video below, with the relevant cloud stuff showing up around the 13 minute mark.

Personally, I’ve been waiting a very long time for this sort of technology to come to consumer-level Macs – the ability to log in to any Mac, anywhere, and access my own desktop, settings, and perhaps even software!

Steve Jobs – your vision knows no bounds.

[52 Tiger, MyService]