My favorite Steve Jobs anecdote comes not from an Apple employee, but an A/V technician who hooked up the CEO’s audio equipment for videoconferences many years ago.
The story went something like this:
Steve only uses one particular microphone — a Sennheiser — for all his teleconferences and presentations. It isn’t even the best mic for many situations, but he liked the way it looked and the way it felt when clipped on his shirt.
With most people, the A/V guy wires you up, runs the cable down your shirt and clips the mic on for you. But Steve insisted on putting the mic on by himself. He wouldn’t even let me touch him.
“South Africa is one of the most criminally violent countries. With around 50 murders, 100 rapes, nearly 400 armed burglaries and over 500 violent assaults recorded every day, it is not surprising that as many as eight out of ten South Africans feel unsafe walking in their own districts after dark.”—And it used to be worse: since the end of apartheid in 1994, the murder rate has fallen by half. Yet such improvements are marred by the appalling number of police officers being accused of serious crimes. (via theeconomist)