Created 11/4/95 by Alan K. Thompson & Sarah C. Wayland ( Last modified Sat, Mar 20, 1999.


A colleague of Sarah's, Fred Richards, observed the following:

"The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That's over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade."

Steve Jobs, Wired Magazine interview, Feb. 1996

But Jobs stood firm, using his status as the father of the Macintosh to argue for new thinking among Apple's devotees. "We have to let go of the notion that in order for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose," he told the shocked crowd at the MacWorld Expo show.

Washington Post, Aug. 7, 1997

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right. Everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

George Orwell, 1984

Bill Brother

Microsoft Corp. CEO Bill Gates addresses the MacWorld Expo in Boston via phone link after Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs announced that Microsoft will invest $150 million in its longtime bitter rival. (This picture is from the front page of the Washington Post on August 7, 1997)

Big Brother
A frame from Apple's 1984 commercial, which introduced Macintosh to the world.

Made with Macintosh