Steve Jobs: “Freedom from porn”


Philip Elmer-DeWitt is a senior editor at Fortune.

"Traditional PC folks feel their world is slipping away," says Apple's CEO. "It is."

Kudos to Valleywag's Ryan Tate for posting in full his bizarre late-night alcohol-induced e-mail debate with Steve Jobs, given -- as he is the first to admit -- how bad some of the things he wrote make him look. (He drops names he shouldn't, he can't seem to spell Cocoa correctly, and he'll have hell to pay when his wife gets home.)

The 10-message exchange -- six from Tate, four from Jobs -- touches on a wide range of hot-button issues: the Adobe (adbe) Flash controversy, the lost iPhone debacle, Apple's (aapl) hard line on non-native applications and Jobs' personal views on freedom, pornography and a life worth living.

"Gosh, why are you so bitter over a technical issue such as this?" Jobs asks Tate at one point.  And he ends with a zinger that says volumes about his attitude toward people who write -- rather than build computers -- for a living:

"By the way, what have you done that's so great? Do you create anything or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?"

As MTLB's Bill Green's wrote, you will either hate or respect Steve Jobs a little more after this exchange. Read it in full here.

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