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No (to Steve) Jobs Yes to OMD & CMU Please

No (to Steve) Jobs Yes to OMD & CMU Please

June 2, 2014

Last night Halt and Catch Fire, AMC’s new show about computer programming and engineering in the 80’s, took a lot of us back to the era where most homes had a “Speak N’ Spell,” (and yes we all tried to spell “fuck”); and, (personally) to a time when music could do no wrong.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, we’d always heard amazing things were going on at CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) like NASA projects and “top secret” government “stuff” from friends who attended (but were sworn to secrecy- or more realistically working on a part of a whole to which they did not know).  My high school was small only 100 in my graduation class, but right outside of Pittsburgh in a small town by the name of Carnegie; and, the kids that went (during high school) and on to CMU after high school were automatic legends.) I’d always thought it was a mini recruiting program for the CIA or FBI.  I’m still not sure I don’t think that, by the way.


I’d never heard this story though of how Nathaniel Borenstein, carrying out a post PhD project at Carnegie Mellon University and the creator of Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions MIME (or to the rest of us email attachments) rejected Steve Jobs.  I’m sure the insurgence of Halt and Catch Fire fame will reboot a lot more similar stories.  Integrity does not always have a price.  Read the full story on Business Insider.


1 Comment
  • Pastor Jim

    In my own mind, whether it’s true or not or just my own paranoia, I dunno…in my own mind, I’ve always likened many of the brilliant people at both CMU and MIT and their relationship to the Gestapo (er, NSA) to those poor geniuses who were enraptured by the idea of “harnessing the atom” and “making the world safe for peace and the American Way” (the latter of which has proven so very toxic to the entire world) who plunged into the whole atom bomb effort. That is, the gummit supplies generous grants and encouragement to them to develop neat new technologies which then, perhaps unbeknownst to them, are used to continue an ever more oppressive living situation for the rest of us.

    June 3, 2014 at 5:03 am

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