Reading List :: Sunday 23rd October 2011

Steve Yegge has posted a much more interesting followup to his reply-all Google+ critique post from a week or so ago. The fact that he trashed Google on G+ was tickling, and reply-all accidents are always entertaining. But underwhelmed as I am with Google+ it wasn’t exactly hot news. The follow up, a story from his time at Amazon about presenting to Jeff Bezos, is really good. I feel like Bezos is standing today where Gates once was – mythical, exalted, feared, respected – and this story is a decent testament to that. He might prefer a Jobs comparison (I don’t know), but I think Gates is more appropriate if Yegge’s tale is anything to go by.

On Jobs, what a remarkable piece of fortune related by Cringely this weekend. The classic 1995 Steve Jobs interview, the highlight of the uniformly excellent Triumph of the Nerds, an interview introduced with the phrase ‘Rivers of Blood’, has been discovered in its entirety. The full 64 minutes of an interview we’ve so far seen only about 6 minutes of is apparently going to become available in some form, and soon. Bob describes the footage as ‘essentially an unedited interview — definitely not the sort of thing you’d normally see on TV.  It’s me coaxing Steve into a great performance’. I can’t wait.

There’s a certain contingent of nerds who feel pretty bitter about Dennis Ritchie’s death being overshadowed by that of Steve Jobs, which has lead to some total horseshit commentary by a few free software assholes and some pretty thoughtless (and transparently biased) comparisons of influence. Now that those so inclined have got the blogger-BS out of their system, there have been some really nice and, importantly, balanced, professional takes surfacing on the influence of Ritchie’s work on the lives of billions across the globe. I particularly like the Economist piece, bookended with Jobs references for context. A fitting tribute.

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