With the release of vista, thre are the inevitable interviews with Bill Gates. This time around, in the interviews, he is slamming the Apple operating system and company. In fact, he’s telling outright lies whilst calling Steve Jobs et al, liars. He must be worried. He should be.
I’m going to address just ONE of the many inconsistencies in his responses to interview questions (Vista more secure than OSX? He has GOT to be kidding).
The full interview is here
And the part I am taking umbrage at, because its so easy to disprove is the following, quoted from the above interview
In many of the Vista reviews, even the positive ones, people note that some Vista features are already in the Mac operating system.
You can go through and look at who showed any of these things first, if you care about the facts. If you just want to say, “Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,” that’s fine. If youâ€™re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. I mean, itâ€™s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine. So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise. Letâ€™s be realistic, who came up with [the] file, edit, view, help [menu bar]? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from?
a) Security guys break the Mac every single day…. your machine can be taken over totally. (Lie)
b) Where those interface concepts come from… the original Mac.
Well, ya know, the original Mac was developed from 1979 in the Apple Lisa… and Windows 1.0 Came along in 1985 around the same time as the Amiga. I’ll throw a plug in for the Amiga here as well, because at a time when Mac was monochrome and Windows was 4 colours, Amiga had 4096 colours on screen *and* desktop video as well. But thats another tale, and it didnt use the File/Edit system of menuing.
Gates is claiming that Windows provided the first uses of the menu bar and I am saying the man is lying. Publicly. So… do I want to use an OS developed by a liar? Nope, sure don’t.
Screenshots of the full Lisa Development taken on polaroid by the developer from 1979
Screenshots of the Original System 1 Circa 1984
Screenshots of Windows 1.01 Circa 1985 (Still text based, not GUI, and no mouse AFAIK)