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Whose hand is that in your pocket?:Mr. Searls tells a story.

Back when Steve Jobs was still at NeXT, he was interviewed by Robert X. Cringeley for a PBS special called “Triumph of the Nerds” — a televised version of Cringeley’s brilliant book Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Made their Millions, Battled Foreign Competition and Still Couldn’t Get a Date. The best moment in the show came when Cringeley asked Jobs what he thought about Microsoft.

Jobs leaned back, put on his best ironic smile and said, “They have no taste.”

There, in four perfect one-syllable words, Jobs not only nailed Microsoft, but himself as well. True: while Microsoft has no taste, Jobs has nothing but.

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