No, this is not about the rather humorous interview in Newsweek. Mister Gates can, all things considered, just keep his head up his arse. He’ll be gone in roughly a year anyway. To make place for Ballmer, who has his own very special peculiarities, but that’s not what this is about. I had this funny thought.
When Steve Jobs accused Microsoft of stealing the Mac interface, Bill Gates responded that Apple had stolen their interface from Xerox, so they had no right to accuse anyone of doing the same. There is a great article about this on Folklore.org. My point is that Gates at one point claimed that “they sneaked into neighbour Xerox’s home, only to find that someone had already stolen the television set”. My theory, however, is that Microsoft did not aim for that television at all. They looked in the kitchen and took the next best thing that looked like it.
They took the microwave, because it looked like something that could be useful for watching television. (Interface critique analogies are hard, but fun. Misinterpretations and/or support in the comments, please.)
— “Hey, did you see that guy?”
— “The one crossing the road, with the much shorter girl. The one with the iPod earbuds.”
“Um, yeah. What up with him?”
— “Don’t you think that’s kinda rude?”
“How d’you mean?”
— “You know, just… listening to music while talking to someone.”
“I can’t see why that’s an issue to you, Rob.”
— “Look, Other Me, it’s fairly damn simple. It’s just not decent to have earbuds in while talking.”
“Maybe they just met up? Maybe he was in the process of removing them to focus on the conversation instead.”
— “Didn’t look like it, methinks!”
“Admit it, Rob, it makes sense.”
— “It makes sense.”
“Well, there you go.”
— “What iPod you reckon he has? I’m betting it’s a nano, the first gen.”
“Acts like a Windows user though.”
— “… You mean, in terms of behaviour? Are you saying my theory—”
“Let go alright!”
Because I think AppZapper is among the cooler products for Mac of late and because I’m a cheap bastard, I’m totally linking up this neat initiative by the guys who made it to lower the price. Cheap bastards like me destroy the world economy.
(Thanks for the heads-up, Jeff-who-recently-got-rid-of-his-braces.)