Commencement Speech at Stanford given by Steve Jobs

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Thank you. I’m honored to be with you today for your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. Truth be told, I never graduated from college and this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.

Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months but then stayed around as a drop-in for another eighteen months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife, except that when I popped out, they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking, “We’ve got an unexpected baby boy. Do you want him?” They said, “Of course.” My biological mother found out later that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would go to college.


Macbook Problem

As a computer systems designer/engineer, after using my MacBook for a few months, I’ve developed a few helpful solutions for Apple MacBook users who are having problems with sudden power shutdown or with their battery:

  1. Don’t trust the battery indicator on the screen. I’ve seen it get stuck at the wrong level for long periods of time. When in doubt, press the little button on the battery to view the charge level directly.
  2. If you do a shutdown, wait a few seconds before closing the lid. (Otherwise your Mac may continue running while the lid is closed and totally discharge the battery without you knowing it. See Serious MacBook Shutdown Power Problem.)
  3. For the first few weeks of ownership, recharge your Mac every time you use it. (And, it’s a good practice all the time.)
  4. Whenever possible, keep your Mac charging until the little power cable light goes green.
  5. If the battery seems hot, do not charge it. Wait an hour or more until it cools down. Heat ruins batteries.
  6. Avoid discharging the battery below 30% (when possible), otherwise you will shorten its lifespan.
  7. To start charging, it is a good idea to disconnect the power cable and reconnect it. You may want to do this even if you normally keep your MacBook plugged-in.
  8. Do not use or charge your MacBook on any surface that 1) blocks the flow of air under it (e.g. avoid cloth, bed, pillow, seats) or 2) could catch on fire. (Yes, that has happened to MacBook owners, and it is a bummer.)

If you are doing all this, and you think you still have a serious problem, by all means contact Apple Computer. If your dealer is treating you poorly, contact Apple directly. I’ve worked for Apple, and I know they really do care about their products and their users.

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