You may not know this, but I’m a huge fan of the Fake Steve Jobs. The real one ain’t half bad either.
I remember hearing Steve talk at a dinner honoring him, and some poor schlub was foolish enough to ask Steve, “Now that Dell makes MP3 players, how is the iPod going to compete?”
(This was a number of years ago, when Dell was considered the titan of the PC industry, and Apple was a niche player.)
Steve delivered a withering look of utter contempt and said, “It’s called good taste. People will pay for you to tell them what’s cool.” (here’s a more extended version of this story)
The point is, Steve knows good taste. Steve knows what looks good. And so it is with considerable pride that our engineering team pointed out to me today just how much Apple’s wiki server resembles PBworks.
It’s a dead ringer, down to the interface for starring pages.
As Picasso once said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”
We stole the inspiration for PBworks 2.0 from Apple’s clean interface style. It is an honor to have the favor returned.
As Fake Steve himself might put it, “Namaste, Apple. I honor where our sense of aesthetics become one.”