Robert X. Cringely: Steve Jobs ‘is proud of being an a**hole’

“Robert X. Cringely is nothing if not individualistic. That’s probably the one thing that marks him out among all the technology reporters who are part of the industry in the US – the man is different… He agreed to be interviewed by email,” Sam Varghese reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Varghese: You’ve called Bill Gates a bright but poorly socialised kid under the age of nine. You’ve called Steve Jobs a sociopath. Did either of these gentlemen give you something less than a kindly look the next time you met them?

Cringely: Jobs is proud of being an a**hole. Gates doesn’t mind his actions being described but he doesn’t like people to characterise him (say why he does what he does). As such, Microsoft once used one of its classic threats (defy us and we will destroy you) against a book publisher of mine. I told the publisher they were wankers and cowards and wouldn’t follow through on their threat. I was right.

Varghese: Some people say that all the innovation in the industry has been killed by Microsoft. Comment.

Cringely: Microsoft is about money, not innovation. They aren’t opposed to innovation and like to be seen as innovators, but what really matters to them as a company is the money. Think of it that way and a lot of what they do starts to make sense. When I give speeches… I like to pull out a $US20 note and point out that there is something about that note that bothers Bill Gates – that it is in my pocket. Microsoft really does want all the money and I’m not sure they won’t get it.

Full article here.

20 Comments

  1. hmm.. do you get all your articles from the same source as MacNN.com? Does MDN copy them, or they copy you, or are they from a third source?

    I seem to read the same stories twice a day, once on here and once on there.

  2. You gotta point there, it seems that a lot of the rumor sites take stories from each other, but MDN does it more than most.

    OMG, he dissed Steve Jobs! Steve a sociopath?! Never!….Ok, maybe…just a little.

  3. MDN is kind of like a news blog, gathering stories about Macs from all over the Net. So I’m not surprirsed they post articles from MacNN, MacWorld, MacCentral, etc… It’s what they do. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Sure, you can get the same news elsewhere, but where else can you find the quality and volume of trolls that MDN attacks.

    I came for the news. I stayed to bash trolls. MDN.

  5. Okay, it’s a little too early for me still. Here’s what I meant to type:

    “Sure, you can get the same news elsewhere, but where else can you find the quality and volume of trolls that MDN attracts?

    Duh.

  6. yeah aaaaaaanyway..on the article..

    i actually read it late last night..really like to hear about a guy who understands what happened between the two.. i like his $20 analogy…

    MS makes perfect sense in that every fiber of their being is hungry for money..that is capturing consumer surplus…

    it’s just laughable that ppl like thurrott talk about MS firsts like Win XP graphics being better than Panther…

    Cuz no one at MS thinks their stuff is any good.. it’s just good enough.. and that’s all that matters…

    Just like women.. they make PERFECT sense if you just understand where they’re coming from.. what their lives are like day to day..

  7. When growing up, aren’t kids told to “Be proud of what you are”? If, like SJ, you are an arsehole, why not be proud of it? Doesn’t seem to have done his bank balance any harm.

  8. I and a number of collegues are concerned about the negative connotations of being associated with Steve Jobs.

    Please retract these comments that could bring stigma and discredit on an already disadvantaged group of the community.

  9. “Please retract these comments that could bring stigma and discredit on an already disadvantaged group of the community.”

    Wow, you suddenly care about others. You’re cured!!!

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