About operating systems and autonomy…

Reflecting on Mr. Jobs makes me sad, the way I was saddened when Mr. Reagan got Alzheimer’s . These were guys who did everything they could to stupefy and control us. But they were sincere. They thought of us as mere creatures to be tamed and manipulated. But they believed it was for our own good. No one deserves to suffer. No matter who they are.

Remember the abused proverb, ‘give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for life.’ Apple Computer is all about giving you a fish, and lining you up to pay in advance for tomorrow’s. The company has spent billions of dollars preventing you from knowing how your computer works, so now there are many, many people who are proud they don’t.

The machine in front of you is far more powerful than you think. You very likely know nothing about it. You’re paying a lot for that. More than you know.

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