Thursday, February 02, 2006

Gates vs. Jobs

Computer geeks hate Bill Gates but love Steve Jobs. That’s what I couldn’t understand for long time. If you compare Windows and Linux, Yes, you are right. But… what about Apple??? (hey. .. don’t say OS X is partially open. It just came out a couple of years ago.) Macintosh is not open source. Even the hardware is closed technology. No Apple clone. But. . . people love to hate Gates and praising Jobs. People are advertising iPod for free. (hey . . .but note that I do not say I hate Jobs and Apple btw. I know their products are cool and expensive.)

So, let’s be neutral. Let’s look two guys who is spending their wealth on humanitarian works. 

Gates is giving away his fortune with the same gusto he spent acquiring it, throwing billions of dollars at solving global health problems. He has also spoken out on major policy issues, for example, by opposing proposals to cut back the inheritance tax.

In contrast, Jobs does not appear on any charitable contribution lists of note. And Jobs has said nary a word on behalf of important social issues, reserving his talents of persuasion for selling Apple products.

Prior to the Pixar acquisition, Jobs was worth approximately US$3.3 billion. Now, Pixar alone is worth US$3.7 billion to Jobs, who is the 194th richest man in the world. Still, aside from the possibility that Jobs may be giving to charity anonymously, his name is absent from a list created by the Giving USA Foundation which lists donors who have given more than US$5 million over the last four years. His name is also missing from a list created by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy which tracks those who have given at least US$1 million in gifts. Although The Steve is absent from the lists, his wife has given large monetary donations to the Democratic political party through the years. [source]

Please read the following two articles. It’s worth reading both. [links via /.]

Gates vs. Jobs: who is the good guy?
Jobs vs. Gates: Who's the Star?

I just can’t understand why damn rich people living their lives spending money like water while part of the world is starving. On MTV, there are shows about celebrities and daughters of rich people. They are just showing off their properties and how they waste money and having fun at extravagance parties. Whenever I see them, I want to puke.
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