Whew, I thought he was going to say “You and me chasing paper, getting nowhere”

All that was missing was a fireplace, some wing chairs, smoking jackets and a couple snifters of cognac. At their rare joint appearance on stage at the D: All Things Digital conference, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sounded like a pair of veteran pols from opposite sides of the aisle, different in vision and style but talking fondly about an intertwined history full of battles, partnerships and mutual respect. JP (who has suddenly turned into Captain Multimedia) has video of the full interview plus a highlight reel posted on the conference site, and it’s well worth the time for a chance to see these two icons, with the perspective of age, coming to terms with their places in the history of a still-unfolding revolution.

Jobs got off the money quote: “When Bill and I first entered the industry, we were the youngest guys in the room, and now we’re the oldest. I tend to think of things in terms of either Dylan or Beatles songs. And there’s that one line in that Beatles song, ‘You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead,’ and I think that’s clearly true here.”


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