It's taken a couple of days for the import of Ballmer's retirement to sink in.
FORTUNE -- For a time in the mid 1980s, Steve Ballmer used to stop by my cubby hole at Time Magazine on his visits to New York. I was a struggling staff writer and he was Bill Gates' oversized salesman, but he didn't impress me as a man with a vision or deep knowledge of computers, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 25, 2013 5:52 AM ET
Mixed positives for Kutcher's performance, thumbs down for Joshua Michael Stern's film.
FORTUNE -- Expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprised. My wife, who would die happy if she never heard another word about Apple (AAPL), thought the two-hour-and-seven-minute movie was about an hour too long.
Ashton Kutcher's "Jobs," opens Friday. I can't wait for Aaron ["The Social Network"] Sorkin to finish his. Neither, apparently, can the critics. Excerpts from the first reviews:
Peter Keough, Boston MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 16, 2013 6:35 AM ET
A great film? Not exactly. Worth watching? Definitely.
By Andy Serwer, managing editor
FORTUNE -- I got a little freaked out.
While overall the new movie Jobs rates a definitive 'MEH' from me, and an even harsher, "soooo bad," from Fortune's Adam Lashinsky, I thought Ashton Kutcher in the lead role was pretty damn good. Even to the point where it brought back memories of my various meetings and conversations with Steve, MOREAug 8, 2013 11:44 AM ET
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's vision for the company is Jobsian.
FORTUNE -- It is said that to a hammer everything looks like a nail, and I'm willing to acknowledge, at least for now, that I tend to view tech industry news through the prism of Apple. After all, it's the company I've covered more than any other, including a three-part feature in the current issue of Fortune and a book last year, MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jul 12, 2013 9:48 AM ET
I thought the judge was coming around to Apple's point of view. I was wrong.
FORTUNE -- The benches were hard. The courtroom was over-cooled. The reporting challenges were daunting (no Wi-Fi, no cellphones, no laptops). But the drama that unfolded over three weeks of testimony was compelling, and I was happy to be one of a handful of reporters who sat through the whole thing.
I thought I had a good handle MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 11, 2013 8:28 AM ET
Tech.pinions has done us a favor of putting them all in one place, with live links.
FORTUNE -- Readers of this blog have known for some time that John Kirk, who posts regularly as "Falkirk," has a keen eye for clueless Apple (AAPL) commentary and a droll sense of humor.
Now the rest of the world can feel the sting of Kirk's sharp wit.
In a July 5 Tech.pinions piece the self-described "recovering attorney" MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 8, 2013 7:27 AM ET
But Steve Wozniak is still bitter that Steve Jobs was "trying to kill" the Apple II.
FORTUNE -- Among the 1.9 million people who, as of Monday morning, had viewed the trailer for Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic that was posted on YouTube last week was Steve Wozniak, Apple's (AAPL) curmudgeonly co-founder.
Woz hated the 1-minute clip of the movie that was released in January, but he's a lot more forgiving of the 2-minute MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 24, 2013 6:23 AM ET
Shouldn't there be a law against beating a piece of evidence to death?
FORTUNE -- What started as a small "gotcha" moment last week in the cross examination of a mid-level Apple (AAPL) executive grew into a federal case -- literally -- on Monday, the ninth day of testimony in U.S.A. v. Apple.
The latest McGuffin in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple is an e-mail signed by Steve Jobs and addressed MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2013 8:36 AM ET
On the day the U.S. is to close its antitrust case, Apple evokes the memory its late CEO.
FORTUNE -- "Once Steve decided he wanted to pursue the e-bookstore, he got more and more excited."
That was Apple (AAPL) senior vice president Eddy Cue, the alleged "ringmaster" of the conspiracy to raise e-book prices at the heart of U.S.A. v. Apple, being steered toward the end of his cross examination to talk about MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2013 1:56 PM ET
If the government couldn't nail Eddy Cue -- and it didn't -- how's it going to win?
FORTUNE -- The Department of Justice spent a little over three hours Thursday cross-examining Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue -- the alleged "ringmaster" of an illegal conspiracy to raise the price of e-books -- and when it was over it wasn't clear whether the government had let its last best chance slip through MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2013 7:30 AM ET
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