Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bill Gates on His Conversations with Steve Jobs

Amazing, Gates doesn't come across as very insightful. This is all he can say about Jobs?


  1. They didn't like each other. He's doing it because he feels he has to. Hence why there is no real commentary.

    Remember Jobs didn't sell his soul to the devil (just to stupid homeopathic remedies instead of modern medicine) Gates has forsaken what Rand taught him and what made him rich.

    I wish instead of flushing his money away he'd donate 1 billion to Ron Paul's campaign...

  2. I've read the Steve Jobs book and watched the Jobs-Gates joint interview on All Things Digital 5. I'm pretty sure that Bill Gates was absolutely jealous of Steve Jobs. He probably prayed at nights that he could switch places with him.

    Anyway... if there's anybody out there who hasn't read the SJ book, I strongly recommend it. It's such an eye-opener for many things.

    Speaking of Gates' philanthropic activities, am I the only who thinks he is doing more harm than good? I mean how could some African business compete in an environment where some guy from 'far-far away' comes in and just gives away stuff. How can you compete with free stuff?

  3. I've heard many people say that Gates suffers from Asperger's syndrome which would explain his inability to express emotion about someone dieing. My niece has it and when her grandmother died she just sat there stoically with no emotions even though everyone else was in tears. At the wake she told us that she really doesn't understand why people get so upset over something that is inevitable. We asked her if she understands that she'll never see grandma again and she said, "of course, she's dead!" The most ironic part is that she is a math genius and can remember dates and times of every major event that occurred in history. My sister says its like living with a half Vulcan. I have to wonder also if this wasn't Gates' best asset in business. A businessman that doesn't get caught up in emotions or moral dilemmas could be formidable.

  4. It could be that Gates doesn't have a lot of insight on Jobs. After marketing Jobs's innovation(GUI) better than Jobs himself I doubt that Jobs was interested in sharing much more with the man.

    I don't know too many market place competitors that cozy up to each other on a personal level.

  5. Gates has nothing insightful to say because he's preoccupied funding the eugenics movement.

  6. I had to laugh when Gates said he took the "engineering" approach while Jobs took the "design" approach. If you substitute "kluging" for "engineering," you've got it pretty much dead-on. That's why I could never bring myself to program on Windows. It's such a klugy piece of shit (although it has been getting better over the last decade).

    It reminds me of Congress and their approach to "design." Make one bad law. Then make another bad law to attempt to fix all the unintended consequences of the first bad law. Then make another bad law to fix all the unintended consequences of the bad fix to the bad law. And on,and on....

    In programming, we call it "spaghetti coding." In Washington, they call it "good government."

    1. I am not a programmer, but I do know that it was originally based on the Quick and Dirty Operating System. Also, I am quite familiar with them piling crap upon crap upon crap; that's the primary gripe of most Windows programmers that I know. Granted, Mac OS isn't the best thing since sliced bread, but it is a far site better than Windows. If it weren't for the fact that I use specialized A/V software, I probably would have went the Linux route.

    2. I actually think Mac OS is pretty good. It's based on the old NeXTstep OS which I used to program from about 1989 to 2000. NeXTstep was many years ahead of its time. I consider myself an almost over-the-top power user, and I rarely have to reboot my laptop. Although it's been about 5 years now since I used Windows, I got "the blue screen of death" about 5 times a day. I know Windows has improved now, but I find OS X to be very nice to use.

      I also do a lot of Linux work. Linux is great is you're already an expert in operating systems, or if you have a specific application where you can get it working and leave it alone. If you're in an environment where you need to keep the system up to date with applications, it can be pretty nightmarish even for experts. Every time we have to do an upgrade for security or to upgrade installed software that has a bug, it ends up being a pretty involved process working out all the interdependencies.

  7. When I heard Steve Jobs opinion of the problem with US education system and blaming it on the teacher union. I think Steve Jobs maybe a closest conservative