Steve Jobs: the art of innovation

Years ago, Steve Jobs of Apple appeared on a PBS special on Silicon Valley. The segment began with the announcement of Windows 95, Microsoft’s new user interface that was supposed to revolutionize personal computing.

But Macintosh users knew that the new version of Windows was inferior to the operating system that Mac had four years earlier. Macintosh software was always more user friendly that Microsoft’s. The Macintosh computer was easier to used than anything put out by any other company. Apple put out a far superior product. But the company languished.

In the following two clips, we see the unappreciated dominance of Apple’s products, and, for lack of better words, the contempt Jobs held for his competitors at Microsoft:

Will somebody, please, slap Paul Allen in the head?!

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Paul Allen is a co-founder of Microsoft. The other co-founder, of course, is Bill Gates. Allen has a new book coming out, and according to the New York Times:

Paul G. Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, may be one of the world’s richest men, with a fortune pegged at $13 billion. But he still resents his former partner, Bill Gates, for not sharing enough credit or giving him his due financially.

In a memoir due out next month that is tinged with bitterness and regret, Mr. Allen accuses Mr. Gates of whittling down his ownership in the company and taking credit for some of his contributions.

The accusations surprised some in the small circle of early Microsoft alumni, as Mr. Gates and Mr. Allen have known each other since high school and have remained on friendly terms until recently. What’s more, Mr. Allen’s wealth soared largely because of Microsoft successes that came well after he left the company in 1983.

He’s the co-founder of Microsoft. He has $13 billion mostly because of things the company did after he left.

When God says, “Everybody who wants to be screwed like Paul Allen was, please stand in a row,” you’re going to find me on that really long line.