They remember Steve Jobs

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    Every time I see the duuudes with serious thrill issues, I get a a zen sense of deep-breathing calm.

    They swim at Steve Jobs’ favorite vacation spot, Kona Village, a string of grass-roof hales with no television, phones or internet. I first saw the dudes in late 2003, and emailed the other SJ to remark on how many of the newly released Finding Nemo characters I found in those waters.

    He fired back immediately “How can you get internet access at Kona Village?”

    “RIM Blackberry. Works wherever there is cellular coverage” I replied.

    This was 1.5 years before iPhone development begun.

    Here's the video medley of snorkeling Kona, and more photos of the dudes over the years:

    BWJones, Tama Leaver, js.brain, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. jurvetson 28 months ago | reply

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      a juvenile taking a rest down below, with iridescent back
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      munching on the algae on the lava
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    2. Ramones Karaoke 28 months ago | reply

      Hah! Nice Blackberry / SJ tale. I like to think I played my own small part in the iPhone story ... in Spring 2005 I brought some PowerVR tech demos (some of which I'd written myself - the best ones, obviously!) into Cupertino, which turned out to be my last customer meeting before I jumped ship into NVIDIA. I showed off a cheap but underpowered Renesas device, which wasn't ARM-based, and a very powerful but relatively expensive ARM-based TI chip to the then iPod team, who got quite excited, had a huddle and asked 'who else has licensed this?' to which I responded 'Samsung were showing a working device at 3GSM ...'

    3. Chucil 27 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the story.

    4. P-CA 27 months ago | reply

      So close!

    5. Duncan Rawlinson - @thelastminute - 27 months ago | reply

      There is something magical about swimming with turtles. I just love it.

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