The MFA is the New MBA: Illustrations by Steve Jobs and Apple

In March 2005, Dan Pink asserted “… the MFA is the new MBA”.
Why?

… businesses are realizing that the only way to differentiate their goods and services in today’s overstocked marketplace is to make their offerings physically beautiful and emotionally compelling. Thus the high-concept abilities of an artist are often more valuable than the easily replicated L-Directed skills of an entry-level business graduate.

I can’t think of a better illustration than Steve Jobs’ story of how the Mac became the first computer with beautiful typography.
And of course, true to form, Jobs illustrated Pink’s assertion more than two decades ago.
And since 1984, Jobs and Apple have made the illustration even more compelling with the current generation of Macs, the iPod, and most recently the iPhone.
Note-to-self: Look into MFA programs!

Aside: I’ve blogged previously about Pink’s book and its implications for displacing knowledge workers.

Giving Up On Leopard … for now

Got my DVD on the release date.

Had a few minutes to do an install this past Sunday morning.

Spent 1.5 hours with Apple Support. No progress.

On hold with them again this morning as I blog …

Symptoms? During the installation-initiated reboot, my Leopard DVD is ejected. After I log in I see a Finder screen with two disk icons and nothing more.

My platform? A MacBook Pro laptop.

(And BTW, I’ve been able to reproduce this on two such laptops!)

Given it was from Apple, I just expected this would be a smooth transition.

At this point, I need to get back to work. I’ll wait for the re-release.

If you Google “Leopard installation issues”, you’ll get a lot of hits.

I’m very disappointed. I expected more.

Why Get a Mac?

Why get a Mac?

Here’s why:

I am in UK on a wireless network using the Macbook. What a great machine – everything seems to work as expected. While at York with no printer set up on the Macbook, I tried to print a file. It asked me two questions in plain English, do you want a network printer and what is its name. On the next keystroke virga printed my file.

The above is from an email message Keith Aldridge sent me earlier today.

Keith has had his Mac for a few weeks.

He later followed up with:

Machine is a breath of fresh air after a PC, especially for a unix/linux user.