Today I Learned…
- Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates stole handedly from Xerox PARC for the first big visual OS (I always thought it was a parallel innovation, but no!)
- When Windows first came out, Jobs was irate. He got Gates in the Apple offices and yelled at him about MS ripping Apple off for a while. Gates’ response was apparently something like “Actually, it’s more like we both have a rich neighbour, and when you went into their house to steal their TV, you realized it was already stolen.”
- Windows was the first Macintosh developer
- Jobs revitalized Apple by channelling Nike
Recode and Vox Media’s Land of the Giants, hosted by Peter Kafka, is running a series on the story of Apple. It’s fantastic.
Steve Jobs’ perspective on Steve Ballmer, discussed near the end of the second episode, is priceless.