Bill Gates calls Steve Jobs a world class magic-user

Ros Krasny for Bloomberg:

Bill Gates on Steve Jobs –

“I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting spells, and I would see people mesmerized, but because I’m a minor wizard, the spells don’t work on me,” said Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person…

“I have yet to meet any person who” could rival Jobs “in terms of picking talent, hyper-motivating that talent, and having a sense of design of, ‘Oh, this is good. This is not good,’ ” Gates added of his sometime collaborator and competitor.

“Even when he failed, he succeeded,” Gates said.

The full interview was broadcast by CNN on Sunday July 8.

MacDailyNews Take: ’Even when he failed, he succeeded?’ No wonder the world misses Steve Jobs and his magic so.


    1. awwww it’s soooooo cute. Does it need some attention. maybe some validation for its pathetic life.
      Again, I met Jobs on occasion. Again I dropped in on Gates with Kevin and chatted about softcard sales. Again, I helped them and others usher in the pc business of which you are a beneficiary.
      Your mom got you an iPhone for christmas and you are sitting in your moms basement whining about me.
      So there is that.

    2. Hey loser.
      Windows 1.0 didn’t have overlapping windows. Microsoft literally thought that people weren’t smart enough to handle overlapping windows.
      I’m sure they had you in mind.

        1. I know. Desqview. Or maybe IBM TOPS. Or VisiON with a mouse pad that was aluminum. Had grid lines on it for the sensor. We called them radiation shields.

    3. Hey whiner. There is this.

      Click to access Messages-from-SPACE-1982.pdf

      You will find me listed on page 2. Secretary of the group. I wanted to be secretary as I and the Byte Shop sponsored the group. I had to be there for the meetings.
      You might be able to read so you will see the reference to Kent on the cover. We eventually outgrew the Seattle Byte Shop so we were moving to an electronics store in Kent, WA.

      Man. We actually had Alan Kay come up to a meeting and he personally brought the ROM listings for the Atari 800 and 400 computers.

      Man. Alan Kay actually flew up for the night to bring us the ROM listing for their computers.. They finally realized what Apple meant that software sells hardware so wanted us to write software for their computers.

      See that logo and group name. All my idea.

      SPACE Group
      Seattle Puget Sound Atari Computer Enthusiast.

      I even designed the logo.

      So if you have some idea that your whining will bother me.

      There is this:

  1. Lost respect for Bill today. Calling a dead man out publicly as an axxhole is disrespectful. Why is Bill running his mouth? And why is he talking about Steve/Apple failure? Apple has been wildly successful and only because of Steve Jobs. They kicked Microsoft’s butt when it came to music (remember the MS piece of junk Zune that failed miserably). Or how about Microsoft losing to iOS: it’s like Bill doesn’t even want to say iPhone and iOS outloud. Apple destroyed MS in tablets as well under Jobs’s watch: tablets were something MS tried and failed at terribly.

    And he also said NeXT was non-sense. What a jerk thing to say. How was it non-sense? That operating system ushered in several ground-breaking technologies at the time, including dynamically allocating RAM to applications, real-time window redraws, etc. These are things that even Windows couldn’t do then. What a pompous prick Bill can be sometimes. Keep peddling junk, bloated, antiquated Windows you loser.

    1. Bill was never anything special to the tech industry nor a qualified visionary, much as the media painted him falsely based on zero evidence. He was an opportunist at the right place at the right time stealing other’s ideas, let others build the cheaper hardware and made a bundle doing it. And not executing well on any of it, carried on by the MOST clueless & sweaty CEO to ever live – Steve Ballmer, Monkey Boy.

    2. Let me list the ways that the NeXT Cube was nonsense (I spec’d 30 of them in a CS lab at a school where I taught).
      1) Optical drive. You had to use one of these to understand what a poor design choice they were. At the time, people complained that “Steve was ahead of his time.” No. Optical drives never had the performance to work as the main drive for the computer (and making students pay nearly $100 at the time for their own drives, while saving the school money, was a bit rich).
      2) JPEG compression: promised, never delivered.
      3) Applications: well, we had WriteNow and Lotus’ special spreadsheet (not 1-2-3).
      4) Programming: we taught our beginning programming classes on other computers; NeXT Step and Objective-C were not appropriate for beginning programmers in the 1990s.
      5) When Jobs first introduced the NeXT cube, he was promising a “3-meg” revolution: 1 megapixel display (16-bit color, as I recall), 1 MIPS, and 1MB RAM (which was exciting, though not extremely high-end at the time of the announcement. However, when the NeXT Cube was actually delivered, this was commonplace.
      6) The OS was not especially ground-breaking. It was a mach-o kernel (cool, but hardly ground-breaking) running a BSD emulation.

      I will say this: the thing that was ground-breaking was NeXTStep. Though not appropriate for beginning programmers it was an amazing way to develop GUI applications (rapidly). Sure wish they’d chosen something other than Objective-C though.

  2. “…but because I’m a minor wizard, the spells don’t work on me…”
    Right, Bill. You always thought they were spells.
    And in every one of your products, we could see that you don’t get it.

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