No, nothing for Obama…

Rather, I was given a copy of the Steve Jobs biography (ISBN = 978-1451648539) for Christmas by my lady. You picked well, my love.

I spent the majority of this day enthralled reading the book. It’s well written, and flows rather well.

I’ll admit. I was never an Apple guy. Apple never impressed me, except in Will’s basement when he would load up these games on an Apple II. It was a slow as my Commodore Vic 20, but the games were nice, the hardware felt… I dunno. More advanced.

I have also always been an open source guy. I was influenced in this heavily by my initial computing experiences with Commodore. I was a Commie guy then. A Vic 20. C64. Amiga 500. At some point, we realized the Commies would die, and needed a new platform. At that point, Apple wasn’t “Apple” (neither Jobs nor Woz). We slid into IBM, DOS, OS2, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95… then when I started working with TLN, Johnie and Mark got me into Linux (Debian) and VMS (thru John). Charlie and I farted with AIX… I never got to use Mac OSX really. Just “farting around” with it, nothing real.

Anyhow, the detail of this book… philosophies of open vs. closed systems, management… this is affecting me, and my mind is running loose. I’m attempting to cobble together something that explains what it means to me, but my soul is still digesting. It was meaningful at that level.

Steve Jobs was a collosal asshole. He even admitted it himself: but with the caveat that maybe being an asshole is how you get things done. I’m really disturbed on that point, because I do not consider myself an asshole on any level… I’m not mean, and I feel far too much empathy with almost everyone to be outwardly and knowingly mean.

Just a fascinating, full figured portrait of a life….

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