Watch Steve Jobs Describe iCloud Back In 1997 [Video]

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Here’s a fascinating description of the iCloud/Time Capsule remote computing system Apple may reveal on Monday described by Steve Jobs himself — back in 1997.

“I have computers at Apple, at NeXT, at Pixar and at home. I walk up to any of them and log in as myself, it goes over the network and finds my home directory on the server and… I’ve got my stuff wherever I am…”

“…we were able to take all of our personal data, our home directories we call them, off of our local machines and put them on a server, and the software made that completely transparent…”

“…so in the last seven years, do you know how many times I have lost any personal data? Zero. Do you know how many times I have backed up my computer? Zero.”

Via MyService and MacRumors.

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  • Philip Nielsen

    Anybody who knows where in the video it is?

  • Darryl Oliver

    Even more interesting are the comments regarding Microsoft about 30 minutes in — especially given the recent development regarding Apple’s market value eclipsing the combined value of Microsoft and Intel.

  • Darryl Oliver

    @Philip, the networking comments begin around 14:00, and the attributed quotes can be found around 16:00.

  • cheesy11

    the future was made yesterday

  • John M.

    What a man, what a vision and that 14 years ago !

  • Simon Strandgaard

    Wow, so many things have come true since then. Amazing. Spot on.

  • mahimahimahi

    At 1:02:50 steve jobs begins to explain why he started the iPhone. It is kinda funny. This whole speech is full of interesting tidbits.

  • Chris

    And 10 years he had to wait to realize that … imagine the patience  :-)

  • Ajfromla

    I think Sun Microsystems was already doing this way back then. I recall presentations by tech guys who were using a system just like Jobs described.

  • ElVox

    Remote home directories is an old UNIX thing…we do it with NFS/NIS or NFS/LDAP and it works wonderfully, even over internet (if your connection is good enough…if you lose the NFS link, all hell breaks lose on your workstation).

    As for the rest…Jobs is a genious :)

  • Bubbles

    Yeah, well NFS has been around a long time but how come nobody has successfully brought it to the masses like Apple is about to do? Oh, and by the way, Sun Microsystems ceases to exist today because their engineers screwed up on managing the company and couldn’t adapt. 

  • Bubbles

    Yeah, that’s nice fine and dandy but Sun Microsystems ceases to exist as a going concern (in other words, they died). Apple lives on. 

  • Greg_in_Dallas

    Engineers are engineers not business people.  The roadside is littered with superior technology because the customer, whether commercial, military, or consumer, did not understand the benefits.  Steve is successful because he views products from the end user’s point of view and he understands that he can not do everything.  He is not a genius but he can articulate his point with confidents and challenge people.  I enjoyed the video.

  • Castano R

    The main description starts at 13:30 and ends at approximately 18:30.

  • Tom

    he was probably really describing Home on iPod: http://www.appleinsider.com/ar

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  • Trackman64

    38:19 discusses complex workflows like Automator built in to Mac OS X. Before Apple even built such, as Steve doesn’t even think the same thought as the guy.
    Very amazing to watch how much was discussed here that has since come to pass.

  • Janne

    Of course they were, as were other UNIX-vendors. And Steve Jobs and NeXT were using it as well. Jobs isn’t telling that “wouldn’t it be cool if we had something like this?”, he’s telling what he’s using at that very moment.

  • Les Surdykowski

    Talk about patience! It’s almost zen-like.

  • Teknisyan

    Nice… it’s almost like… they have all this things planned out for the next 10 to 15 years!

  • Shai Vure

    At around 18:55 he talks about being totally vertically integrated. “Apple controls the marketing and distribution” Then backtracks on distribution.

    Did he let slip on the Apple Stores 4 years before they opened?

  • AndrewE

    Sounds like Onlive- except for everything else at 15 min