Email attributed to Steve Jobs: ‘PC folks feel like their world is slipping away – it is’

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Steve Jobs and Gawker haven’t seen eye-to-eye lately, so it’s somewhat surprising to see the Apple CEO engage in a lengthy email exchange with Gawker’s Ryan Tate over the App Store’s walled garden ecosystem and Apple’s ongoing feud with Adobe and other intermediary APIs.

Less surprising is the fact that Gawker’s Tate, in response to Jobs’ polite, reasonable and clear-headed replies, quickly resorted to disrespectful dickhead mode (partly fueled, it seems, by one too many cocktails,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“The exchange begins with a simple question by Tate: how does Jobs think Bob Dylan would feel about Apple if he were still 20 today? ‘Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with revolution? Revolutions are about feedom,'” Brownlee reports. “Jobs’ response is to say that the iPad is about freedom: freedom from spyware, freedom from poor performance and (lamely) ‘freedom from porn.’ Some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is,’ Jobs wrote.”

Brownlee reports, “From there, though, it just gets fairly ugly… It’s a frustrating read. In many ways, Tate had a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to pick the mind of the most important visionary in tech and engage him in a spirited, informative debate. Instead, he got drunk, started raving and blew it.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]


  1. Yeah, he is haha, he’s like, “but its cool, I’m married”

    But um…what’s your point? You bang the same woman for 10 years, you’re gonna want some variety… You having a wife doesn’t make me think you don’t download porn, it convinces me that you do!

    In other words, he’s freaked that SJ is trying to take away his porn.

  2. “(lamely) ‘freedom from porn.”

    I’m pretty sure he meant freedom from having porn dumped on your screen without you requesting it. It’s not like the iPhone and iPad don’t have a browser.

  3. Oh No! A PC guy not getting it- Shocking! A change for the better and they nose dive straight into the ground with shear ignorance!

    Love it. The fog of war has secured a death grip on these guys!

  4. Hung up on porn or not, drunk or not, as a so-called “journalist’, you think the guy can get his point across to a CEO of a major corporation without a profanity laced tirade! Alcohol aside, HIS lack of command of the English language just shows his ignorance! If this is his writings in private, it kinda makes me want to skip over any of his public offerings.

    – C2

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