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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs


It is an ironic when we mentioned these names. While both of name are famous for the "Information Revolution", these are also the two names that hardly see eye to eye to one another.

One of them are seen as the devil who is only interested in making money out of the manipulation of technology. Bill Gates is the villain to many of the techno geek and given the failed product of Vista, it is hard to deny that. However, let us not forget Bill Gates is also the man who give us Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows XP, and of course now Windows 7. But for most people, Bill Gates is one man who only interested in money, money, money!!

On the other hand, Steve Jobs gained the reputation more like a saint in this industry. Whenever people talk about Steve Jobs, people will talk about his passion for art, design and even perfection. While no one could deny the effort Jobs put on Apple's product, is it really true that Gates is the villain while Jobs is the saint? This almost saintly reputation is magnified given that there are some cult like Apple fanatics out there.

However, I find it difficult to accept this perception given the fact that while this same Gates who is acquiring billions of wealth in the universe, it is also this same Gates that is giving away his fortune with the same gusto that he is earning it. This is the man who has been throwing billions of dollars to help solve global health issues. Not only that, Bill Gates is the kind of person who would speak up for what he believes in....
He has also spoken out on major policy issues, for example, by opposing proposals to cut back the inheritance tax.
He also speaks up in support for the organizations and institutions that he believes in.

What about Steve Jobs? Ranking as the 194th richest person in the world, his name is not even on the list of gifts of 1 million or more compiled by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy.
Jobs' wife is also absent from these philanthropic lists, although she has made dozens of political donations totaling tens of thousands of dollars to the Democrats, according to the Open Secrets database. Of course, the two of them might put as anonymous in their donations given their preferred secret lifestyle. However, as a man who has so much influence on not only the working class but the generation of youth, Steve Jobs should at least speak up for some good causes but as far as anyone could remember, Jobs only talks about Apple and "What's NEXT" for it. He might be awarded the CEO of the decade by FORTUNE but he definitely isn't part of any change for the greater good.

Of course, it is hard to say who is the villain and who is the saint, but let us remember: Great wealth alone doesn't make a great man.
Gates might have acquired billions of dollars but one thing he know he must do, is to contribute to the community and that probably is the one reason that I will put Bill Gates as the better man than Steve Jobs.

Forget about the failure of Windows Mobile, forget about the ugly interface of Windows in comparison to Apple...all those are important but if the realm of wealth is not shared among our community, what good does it bring? Let us ponder about this the next time we thought of accusing Bill Gates as a selfish cutthroat capitalist.


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  4. my bad on the March 11 would be nice if you removed it blog administrator