Thursday, June 10, 2010
This YouTube video is a reminder that even the most carefully rehearsed event can go wrong, that one should always be prepared for failure, that backups are essential. Steve Jobs is legendary for practicing demonstrations before giving them. Everything is checked and rechecked and changed where necessary. But, even Jobs could not have guessed that so many people in the audience were on WiFi at the time he was trying to use it. So, the demonstration failed and there was snickering. Later when he discovered the problem, he told people to get off WiFi so he could get enough bandwidth for the demonstration, and it succeeded the second time. One must demonstrate the benefits and advantages of equipment but always be aware there is risk involved. Have backups to backups.