Back in the olden days, make that 2003, when Accurate Always was designing the first Voxida interface, it was an unofficial mantra to "Apple it up." Steve Jobs, leading the Apple design team helm, was the undeniable tastemaker; the user interfaces made the Mac an instant friend, the user docs were helpful and efficient, and the corporate culture was weird. Really weird. Weird enough that they pulled off miracles. So, in 2003, we breathed and ate telecom tech (and those awesome little chocolate covered espresso beans) and more than once did an informal salute to Steve Jobs, the Phreaker.
What a lot of people don't know is that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak illegally (and, this author believes, rather comically,) learned how to place international phone calls, free. Decades ago, Steve Jobs was already thinking different, using blue box devices to seize international trunk lines, with Wozniak even calling the Pope. This was possible by using tones, generated by the "blue box", as in-band signaling, gaming the switchboard.
Steve, we salute thee. Thanks for the laughs, raising the bar for user interface design and truly being "insanely great." You changed the world and our offering.
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." -Steve Jobs