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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Live! On Stage! Gates and Jobs!

One of my favorite blogs is Coding Horror, run by Jeff Atwood, and on Friday he alerted his readership to a pretty remarkable set of video streams from an interview that took place last Thursday. In an odd way, I chose a good time to post my Book Report on Accidental Empires, because this interview last week conducted by the good people over at D featured Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on the same stage in front of a live audience for the first time since a pre-Mac launch event in 1983 covering many of the same topics that are in that book.

The interview has a prologue and 7 sections to it and you owe it to yourself to watch at least part of it. The prologue gives some history between the two (including a whole lot of bad 80s hair) that sets up the first segment well. The two discuss the love-hate relationship their two companies had over the years and both seem extremely comfortable with how things have turned out.

There are lots of undertones of bridge burning and being creative with constraints that early machines had that are just interesting to watch. Plus, I'm pretty sure Gates is wearing makeup.


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posted by Pete Johnson @ 11:11 PM   2 comments


At 9:42 AM, Blogger Laura Ricci said...

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At 9:43 AM, Blogger Laura Ricci said...

I watched the entire presentation. I'm certain I qualify as a nerd for being fascinated watching these two and being impressed by their individual genius.

And Thanks! for the help with my home page blog links. I've installed them with little fanfare and like this look much better.


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