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October 24, 2011 - Harry Eagar
When Bill Gates dies, will people leave fruit on the sidewalk? What kind of fruit?

What about Paul Allen?

The death of Steve Jobs didn't move me, one way or the other. Computers are just tools. I've used Apple, and I've used the competition, and don't specially prefer one over the other. And I never found Macs to be all that intuitive anyway, but maybe I lack intuition. The death did spark some interesting writing by people I know.

Rick Chatenever's column in the Maui Scene (and also at his blog here) was about the best I saw, but Peter Lewis stirred up a small journalistic tempest with a rather more positive view at his blog.

Lewis's column on tech, written when he was at the New York Times, used to run in The Maui News about 20 years ago. He was the first person I knew to use the word cyberspace.

Lewis and I worked on the same copy desk, 30-some years ago. He went off to become a pioneer journalist of the Internet, while I stuck as close as possible to paper and pencil.

There's also a link to a thoughtful and informed piece of speculation about Jobs and his pancreas by Orac. The pancreas is the bad boy organ, hard to diagnose, hard even to find and very hard to treat when it goes wrong. I think anybody who turns to cleaning his colon to treat disease is nuts, but it may not have done Jobs too much damage, Orac speculates.

Job seems to have lived about as long with pancreatic cancer as the next guy. But worrying about “violating my body” with surgery? That's not even medieval. That's premedieval. How did he get a reputation as a future-oriented guy?


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