Google's Tim Bray recounts meetings with Steve Jobs back in the days of NeXT. He's not quite the sycophant, and concludes:
I think I’m alone in the universe in loathing Steve’s keynote style, which feels to me like preening arrogance. The computers and music players and mobile phones have been great, but I think that in history’s rear-view, his biggest achievement will be having ripped music retailing out of the labels’ hands, and mobile software out of the telephone companies’. We’ll see.
-Tim Bray's blog, August 25, 2011