An early showdown came over employee badge numbers.
Scott assigned #1 to Wozniak and #2 to Jobs.
斯科特把 "1号"给了沃兹, ,"2号"给了乔布斯。
Not surprisingly, Jobs demanded to be #1.
"I wouldn't let him have it, because that would stoke his ego even more," said Scott.
Jobs threw a tantrum, even cried.
Finally, he proposed a solution. He would have badge #0.
Scott relented, at least for the purpose of the badge, but the Bank of America required a positive integer for its payroll system and Jobs's remained #2.
There was a more fundamental disagreement that went beyond personal petulance.
Jay Elliot, who was hired by Jobs after a chance meeting in a restaurant, noted Jobs's salient trait:
"His obsession is a passion for the product, a passion for product perfection."
Mike Scott, on the other hand, never let a passion for the perfect take precedence over pragmatism.
The design of the Apple II case was one of many examples.
The Pantone company, which Apple used to specify colors for its plastic, had more than two thousand shades of beige.
"None of them were good enough for Steve," Scott marveled.
"He wanted to create a different shade, and I had to stop him."
When the time came to tweak the design of the case, Jobs spent days agonizing over just how rounded the corners should be.
"I didn't care how rounded they were," said Scott, "I just wanted it decided."
Another dispute was over engineering benches.
Scott wanted a standard gray; Jobs insisted on special-order benches that were pure white.
All of this finally led to a showdown in front of Markkula about whether Jobs or Scott had the power to sign purchase orders; Markkula sided with Scott.
Jobs also insisted that Apple be different in how it treated customers.
He wanted a one-year warranty to come with the Apple II.
他想让 Apple II带有一年保修期。
This flabbergasted Scott; the usual warranty was ninety days.
Again Jobs dissolved into tears during one of their arguments over the issue.
They walked around the parking lot to calm down, and Scott decided to relent on this one.