Jobs and Gates: battle of the nerd god hunks sitting on their desks

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I've seen the Tiger Beat-style 1985 photo of Bill Gates before, but not this dreamy photo of Steve Jobs.

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  1. Hi there,
    This is Peter Teiman from the Netherlands. Does anyone out there know if Bill Gates and Steve Jobs corresponded prior to them setting up their respective companies?
    Many thanks,
    Peter Teiman

  2. Wow, with an early prototype of the “Think Different” campaign poster in the background, no less!

  3. Steve was kind of cute when he had hair. If he would have had six-pack abs then “watch out.”

    Poor Bill (I can’t believe I put the words “poor” and “Bill Gates” in one sentence), looks as dweeby as the character Micheal Anthony Hall played in Sixteen Candles, no matter what you do with him.

  4. Steve was kind of cute when he had hair. If he would have had six-pack abs then “watch out.”

    Poor Bill (I can’t believe I put the words “poor” and “Bill Gates” in one sentence), looks as dweeby as the character Micheal Anthony Hall played in Sixteen Candles, no matter what you do with him.

  5. Gawd, this looks like exactly the same pose of Ricky Gervais in that photo shoot from The Office. Hilarious!

  6. I love how, as someone in the Flickr comments to the Gates photo points out, there’s an Apple Mac in the background on Bill’s picture.

    Reminds me of an exchange from Newsradio (paraphrased):

    Lisa: Not everyone is attracted to muscle-bound meatheads.
    Beth: Yeah, and not everyone has a pinup of Stephen Hawking on their bedroom wall…

  7. Ahh, I knew I had viewed that images of Gates as an optical illusion and I just rediscovered it. It’s an animated GIF and even if it could be included inline I just would not have the heart to do so.

    For the curious here’s a link to a copy of it as found in my Flickr photostream:

    Trippy 3-D Gates

    (SFW but could be seizure-inducing)

    – mike

  8. Sad that I know this, but that isn’t a Lisa in the background, it is a Apple Macintosh 128k, released in January 1984. The Lisa was released about the same time, and though it had the much the same profile as the 128, it’s face was twice as wide with the monitor set to the left.

    And wow Bill does look the Nerd, Jobs doesn’t even rate the complimentary ‘geek’ moniker in this picture, much more the very early dot com pioneer look sported in the mid to late 90’s (or did he give the dot com crowd the look to achieve?).

  9. Maybe 128K but isn’t that an SE next to it.
    And is n’t that a photo of Gates on Jobs desk?
    Questions that need answering…

  10. I think Steve Jobs looks like David Walliams from Little Britain (probably only brits will get that one)

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