- Wow, huge news day overseas MT @breakingnews: Basque group ETA declares end to its separatist campaign – @nytimes http://t.co/UEbJ0sfO #
- MT @emilykotecki: More humans have access to a cellphone than have access to a clean toilet. // Here's a link: http://t.co/S7iuKJyy #
- Ich bin ein Lovin' It RT @stanfordc: This just in: The McRib is back (Germany is apparently the only country where they're always available) #
- Looking forward to reading this on way home RT @ryanlizza: Really liked this @benpolitico piece on @jrubinblogger: http://t.co/54fkNYhd #
- Amazing!! RT @thefix: New NBC/WSJ poll: Cain 27%, Romney 23%, Perry 16% (h/t @mmurraypolitics) http://t.co/xxZNfTm5 #
- Having fun with Siri is @joshuatopolsky: "Who's your daddy?" Siri: "You are. Can we get back to work now?" More at http://t.co/xqGocfJW #
- Joe Lieberman, on what he knows about the buzz circulating around Mitt Romney and his faith http://t.co/GDxpU7Ve #
- Getting to see UH play Navy and G'Town would be awesome MT @richardjustice: UHouston will be invited to Big East, acc'ing to Boston Globe #
- RT @edatpost: Interior Secretary concerned about #MLK quote controversy; might force changes http://t.co/3aKmbl9B #
- A big one too: $469 million MT @washingtonpost: 2nd #Solyndra loan was in works at Energy Dept http://t.co/bbTLZEDe #
- RT @michaelbolden: Apple switched its Web site to a giant Jobs memorial. http://apple.com #
- So is all of Twitter. RT @lheron: Apple's homepage is just a tribute to Steve Jobs right now #
- Interesting read from ex-Gizmodo editor: "Sometimes, I wish we never found that [iPhone 4] at all." http://ow.ly/6Ptmv #
- That amazing photo of Jobs on the apple.com home page? The story behind that shot is here: http://ow.ly/6PQyN #
- Decided by polling MT @benpolitico: Rick Perry loses central spot for Tues debate to Herman Cain http://ow.ly/6SM47 #
- From a cousin who's watching #GOPdebate "Karen Tumulty is serious business." Damn straight! @ktumulty #
- The definitive Frank Kameny profile, by @joseiswriting http://t.co/FXhWhppc #
After Apple announced Wednesday night that Steve Jobs had died, my Twitter feed became nothing but a long procession of Jobs eulogies, many of them touching.
Then I sat back and wondered, when it’s Bill Gates’s turn to pass, will he receive the same sort of outpouring? What will be his eulogies say?
I don’t mean to get all Pirates of Silicon Valley here, but while Steve Jobs made a huge impact on our civilization, Bill Gates did more.
I’d call their first acts a draw, but while Jobs’s second act focused on transforming the wired world, Gates turned his attention to the unwired world, which needed him so much more. Without Gates’s involvement, problems such as sub-Saharan health and underperforming U.S. schools would be even farther off the radar than they are today. His is an awesome record of philanthropy that often gets taken for granted, and I wonder if it’ll be just ignored at Gates’s end.