“I was formally introduced to NeXT when Steve Jobs visited the offices of InfoWorld in San Mateo, Calif.–where I worked as a reporter in the early 1990s,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET. “Surprisingly, not many people attended his session. (Or maybe it’s not that surprising since Jobs and NeXT were perceived at that time to be on the skids.)”
“The small audience (and it was a relatively small conference room, to boot) didn’t seem to faze Jobs, though,” Crothers reports. “He screamed for 30 minutes or so–that’s how I remember it–about how great the NeXTSTEP operating system was, implying that only idiots wouldn’t be able to see this.”
Crothers reports, “Big players like IBM and Sun Microsystems had initially bought into the software but the hardware was eschewed (or ignored) largely by the public. Microsoft’s CEO Bill Gates didn’t help matters when he said the computer was ‘crap,’ according to Walter Isaacson’s biography ‘Steve Jobs.’ And when asked by Jobs to write software for it, Gates said, ‘Develop for it? I’ll piss on it,’ according to InfoWorld, which Isaacson quotes in his book.”
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MacDailyNews Take: NeXTSTEP formed the basis for Mac OS X and, of course, iOS. So, whose OSes are pissing on whose now, Billy boy?