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There is no problem, Apple is very successful. I just don't like it.
Consider Microsoft windows. The possibilities to build a machine that will run it are endless.
Android is available on all kinds of different devices from thousands of vendors.
Apple has two or three iPhones, two or three laptops and two or three desktops, very limited opportunities to customise them. That is why I never bought personally an Apple device and use them only because my work requires it.
In other words, Apple is a hardware company first and I'm a software guy.
Contrarywise, DEC developed most of the Operating Systems for their hardware (PDP, VAX, Alpha), as did IBM (mainframes) -- just not a consumer-grade OS. Those Operating Systems don't run on hardware it wasn't developed for and you can't just go to a store and buy parts to assemble a compatible system.
On the other hand, there are rumors that HP may release a version of OpenVMS that runs natively on x86, but lacking that there are emulators.
The OP asked about Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates, not Apple vs MS. From a software perspective, Steve Jobs took the ideas from Xerox PARC and brought the desktop UI to the masses. Bill Gates ran down the street and bought the rights to DOS. Later on, Steve Jobs brought us the iPhone while Bill Gates was retired or something.
I really don't think its even close.
“Steve doesn’t get Pixar,” Pam went on. “We’re artsy and creative. We’re like a family. We hug. And we’re not a top-down organization; everyone here has a voice.”
“Steve is the guy who owns us—but he’s never been one of us,” Pam explained. “We’ve long felt unvalued, unappreciated. People worry that if he gets too close, he’ll ruin Pixar, and destroy our culture. And now, you’re the guy he has sent to whip us into shape.”
“Plus,” Pam added, “He’s broken promises. And people are angry about that.”
Surely you're not suggesting that every Microsoft employee has always been 100% happy?
No, just thought it was interesting. I read (last month) Paul Allen's autobiography[^] and it detailed a lot about Gates personality that was similar to Jobs and it finally drove Allen to leave the company.
However, I do think Gates seemed to learn / examine what his personality did where it seems like Jobs just kept driving down the same road.
thanks, that was a nice read.
Oh but I so want to jab about my view that having stocks and investments is a totally meaningless value until sold.
The prospect of having a billion is not the same as having a billion.
I got 2 bitcoin. It is worth (what ever value is now) to someone else. I do not have that money.
From a consumer point of view Jobs comes out on tops, largely because of marketing and because he is able to persuade his followers that it's not that the phone is trash it's that they are holding it the wrong way and if they insist on holding it the wrong way they can wrap the phone in a condom to get it to work.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”