Former NYTimes reporter David Pogue did a Reddit AMA to hype one of his company books this week and answered a question related to Steve Jobs phone calls:
Do you have any Steve Jobs stories you would like to share? (Or Woz stories?) (Or, dare I hope, Steve Ballmer stories?)
Oh, I have some great Steve Jobs stories!
He was famous for calling up tech writers to scream at them, or praise them, for stuff they wrote–and I wasn’t exempt!
I gave iMovie ’08 an “F,” said it was unusable. He called me at home to rant. “You don’t have any fking idea what we DO here at Apple, do you!?!?” You just held the receiver away from your head and waited it out.
Then another time, I did a music video called “I Want an iPhone” that kind of made fun of all the hype, the people standing in line, etc.
Jobs called me on my cellphone. “I wanted to talk to you about this song you made,” he said. I winced, preparing to be screamed at.
“It’s the funniest goddam thing I’ve seen in ages. Can you send me the QuickTime file?”