Some amusing interactions between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. (Heads of Microsoft and Apple, the last one recently deceased, as you readers already know.)
This is from the current Malcolm Gladwell article in the New Yorker:
In the nineteen-eighties, Jobs reacted the same way [getting pissed off – gfb] when Microsoft came out with Windows. It used the same graphical user interface—icons and mouse—as the Macintosh. Jobs was outraged and summoned Gates from Seattle to Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
“They met in Jobs’s conference room, where Gates found himself surrounded by ten Apple employees who were eager to watch their boss assail him,” Isaacson writes. “Jobs didn’t disappoint his troops. ‘You’re ripping us off!’ he shouted. ‘I trusted you, and now you’re stealing from us!’ ”
Gates looked back at Jobs calmly. Everyone knew where the windows and the icons came from. “Well, Steve,” Gates responded. “I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”
(XEROX PARC had invented the entire idea, and got nothing out of it. The point of the article is mostly that Jobs was a tinkerer, one who improves other people’s inventions by using still other people’s ideas, and then claiming the whole thing originated from him. gfb)
Time and again, Isaacson (a writer – gfb) repeatedly asks Jobs about Gates and Jobs cannot resist the gratuitous dig. “Bill is basically unimaginative,” Jobs tells Isaacson, “and has never invented anything, which I think is why he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.”
(of course, that’s what they both did. This photo is of one of Steve Jobs’ many identical cars, with no tags, and in a handicapped zone with no tags for that, either.)