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Melinda Gates: No Apple Products in my House
CNET ^ | 10/24/2010 | Chris Matyszczyk

Posted on 10/28/2010 2:11:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway

How should one bring up children? Should one give them everything for which they ask? Or should one make them understand very early in life that some things are bad for them, whether it is physically or psychologically? This flight of philosophical depth comes to me on reading an interview in the New York Times with Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft's Bill.

I wasn't sure whether to laugh, cry, admire or attempt to plait my eyebrows. You see, the interviewer offered her questions about Apple. The first was quite amusing: "Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?"

When I read this i was overcome with a feeling that Halloween had come early. Melinda Gates needs to be told that the iPod is made by Apple? Might this phraseology not have made her shiver too?

Still, her reply was sturdily corporate: "No, I have a Zune."

The interviewer persisted on pushing the buttons of Melinda Gates and her Zuneiness: "What if one of your children says, 'Mom, I have to have an iPod?'"

Again I was disturbed by this phraseology. Do kids really say "I have to have"? Or might they still have a tinge of human politeness and offer "Please can I have?"

Gates again offered a corporately correct response: "I have gotten that argument--'You may have a Zune.'" Note the enormously polite use of "may" in response to the alleged "I have to have".

The interviewer was not to be deterred. She asked Gates whether she owned an iPad ("Of course not"). Gates denied that her husband works on an Apple laptop. "False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep," she said. This curious interview of domestic manners reached its highest note when the interviewer asked: "Isn't there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft?" Really. Isn't that like asking someone whether there's room for rabbits and porcupines? Voles and raccoons? But the response might suggest to some that this interview was being conducted via Google Translate. For Gates' reply was: "Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill."

Perhaps you, too, are left with a peculiar sensation in several of your active quarters on reading these exchanges. I wonder, though, what the Gates' kids might make of it all. Surely they must have held an iPod or an iPad in their hands. What if they liked them?

Is deprivation a positive parenting tactic? Or will children grown up to crave what they were denied? Just as those who own Apple products crave Flash. Oh, wait.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: apple; gates; ilovebillgates; iwanthim; iwanthimbad; microsoft; microsoftfanboys; zuneloons

1 posted on 10/28/2010 2:12:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like the interviewer is a smarmy jackass trying to play “gotcha” games with Mrs. Gates. I think she handled him/her/it with tact and grace.


2 posted on 10/28/2010 2:15:39 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve heard they use OS/2.


3 posted on 10/28/2010 2:17:51 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: ArrogantBustard

Indeed. As if her withholding apple products is akin to child abuse.


4 posted on 10/28/2010 2:19:59 PM PDT by Jerry Attrick
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

She recycles, too, goes shopping with one of those cotton shopping bags, drinks “fair trade” coffee, and drives a Pious.


5 posted on 10/28/2010 2:21:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

She recycles, too, goes shopping with one of those cotton shopping bags, drinks “fair trade” coffee, and drives a Pious.


6 posted on 10/28/2010 2:21:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

The writer and interviewers sound like morons. Does the author really think that depriving your kids just makes them want it more?

Idiots never heard of parenting have they?


7 posted on 10/28/2010 2:24:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: nickcarraway

“I don’t want daddy’s crap, I want an iPod!”


8 posted on 10/28/2010 2:29:59 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Revolting cat!

Must be a diehard Stones fan.


9 posted on 10/28/2010 2:31:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Revolting cat!

10 posted on 10/28/2010 2:32:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: nickcarraway
Funny how if it wasn't for Apple's software, while Bill was stuggling with DOS, he would have been out of business, right? Plus he wouldn't have even got started without stealing DOS, (dirty operating system) from Seattle computing in the late 1970's.

Maybe one of the reasons why they give so much of their interest on their billions away is guilt over the theft and greed they had to do to get where they are.

11 posted on 10/28/2010 2:33:29 PM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: GeronL

“The writer and interviewers sound like morons. Does the author really think that depriving your kids just makes them want it more?

Idiots never heard of parenting have they?”

Sounds like they need to look up the word depriving too.


12 posted on 10/28/2010 2:50:53 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: nickcarraway

And just how many X-Boxes does the writer think are in the Jobs household. When the very household itself comes from the earnings of one company people in the household tend not to buy from their competitors.


13 posted on 10/28/2010 2:56:12 PM PDT by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: thirst4truth
Plus he wouldn't have even got started without stealing DOS, (dirty operating system) from Seattle computing in the late 1970's.

Come now. He didn't steal it. He bought it. The Intel 8086/8088 series was fairly new, and Gates seemed to do most his programming for Z-80s. Apple was in the 6502 camp.

MS-DOS wasn't exactly anything stupendous, especially in its 1.0 incarnation. You basically have Unix and CP/M and a boatload of proprietary systems out there using a similar command line structure with command, target, switches. Gates buying DOS was a matter of not reinventing the wheel. No one ever pretended it was a breakthrough (though it was 100x better than the painful to use CP/M-86).
14 posted on 10/28/2010 3:12:46 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: nickcarraway

Bill used to have one on his desk...

“The MacIntosh Story, Part 2”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04Ik-qkdG_o&feature=related


15 posted on 10/28/2010 4:59:10 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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16 posted on 10/28/2010 5:36:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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