Hugh Pickens writes writes "PC Magazine reports that journalist Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, has stirred up quite a controversy in tech circles with his off-the-cuff remarks that history will remember Bill Gates fondly while Steve Jobs slips into obscurity, likening Gates' charitable work to the German armaments maker Oskar Schindler's famous efforts to save his Jewish workers from the gas chambers during World War II and adding that there will be statues of Gates across the Third World and because of Gates there's a reasonable shot we will cure malaria. "Gates, sure, is the most ruthless capitalist. And then he decides, he wakes up one morning and he says, 'Enough.' And he steps down, he takes his money, takes it off the table
... and I think, I firmly believe that 50 years from now, he will be remembered for his charitable work.," said Gladwell. ""And of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. Who's Steve Jobs again?" For all his dismissal of Jobs' legacy, however, Gladwell remains utterly fascinated with him. "He was an extraordinarily brilliant businessman and entrepreneur. He was also a self-promoter on a level that we have rarely seen," said Gladwell. "What was brilliant about Apple, he understood from the get-go that the key to success in that marketplace was creating a distinctive and powerful and seductive brand." Gladwell concludes that the most extraordinary moment in the biography of Jobs is when Jobs is on his deathbed and it's over and he knows it. ""And on, I forget, three, four occasions, he refuses the mask because he is unhappy with its design. That's who he was. Right to the very end, he had a set of standards. If he was going to die, dammit, he's going to die with the right kind of oxygen mask. To him it was like making him send his final emails using Windows.""