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QOTD: Which Steve: Ballmer or Jobs?

By , Jane McEntegart, Tuan Nguyen - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Two very different men, both with the same first name. The debate rages on...

There are two Steves at the head of the two most influential computer companies of today – Ballmer at Microsoft and Jobs at Apple.

Both are seen as fearless leaders and are masters of their domains, but they’re very different in their styles of presentation. Steve Ballmer is known for his on-stage antics and Steve Jobs is known for his enigmatic showmanship.

They’re appreciated as the respective heads of Microsoft and Apple, acting as nurturing fathers of ideas, products and resources of each company.

What that in mind, the question of the day is: which of these two men – if you had to choose just one – would you be proud to call Dad?

Marcus: I grew up using Microsoft software, from MS-DOS to Windows to the Word that I’m writing this on, but I can’t imagine having a Microsoft Dad. Admittedly, all we know about each Steve’s style is from what they intend for the public eye to see, but Steve Jobs would make the coolest dad. Even if he wasn’t, he would launch campaigns to convince you (and all your friends) that he was the coolest. I’d get the coolest presents too… even if they’d be the same presents every year, only just a little bit better and shinier than the ones before it.

Jane: There is no right answer. Let’s start with the fact that one of them seems slightly unstable and the other is never around. Ballmer would lose the head roughly eleven times a day and when he yelled at you, he’d probably shout the same thing over and over and over again. You’d never know what he wanted from you, just that he wanted it so badly, he was willing to sweat bullets trying to get you to understand exactly what 'it' was. Jobs probably wouldn’t be around when you needed him most. He’d likely only show up at weddings, funerals or milestone birthdays. Basically any occasion that would warrant him making a dramatic speech. Given the choice, I’d go with Ballmer. Unstable and passionate is better than nothing, right?

Tuan: Well you know, I would have to go with Steve Ballmer. That's because he represents Windows and the PC. Fully customizable hardware, an ocean of choices, and affordability and quality. That's what it's all about. And Ballmer, you can just tell he's very excited about the PC world. C'mon, look at the piece of the pie here: Windows and PCs rule 90-percent of the market. Who wouldn't want to be on the side of ultimate power? Besides... we all know I'm not into Macs...

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    IronRyan21 , May 23, 2009 1:11 AM
    Steve Balmer = seriously bald issues.
    Steve Jobs = Supposedly almost dead.

    So I would definitely choose Steve Jobs as a DAD because I would get an inheritance quicker. Ballmer would be just a pain!
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    Greatwalrus , May 23, 2009 3:52 AM
    I wish this was Gates vs Jobs... I miss Bill Gates as the head of Microsoft :( 
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    JMcEntegart , May 23, 2009 1:06 AM
    "Fully customizable hardware, an ocean of choices, and affordability and quality. That's what it's all about."

    Because that's what every kid wants in a dad. Fully customizable hardware and affordability... :kaola: 
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    JMcEntegart , May 23, 2009 1:06 AM
    "Fully customizable hardware, an ocean of choices, and affordability and quality. That's what it's all about."

    Because that's what every kid wants in a dad. Fully customizable hardware and affordability... :kaola: 
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    IronRyan21 , May 23, 2009 1:11 AM
    Steve Balmer = seriously bald issues.
    Steve Jobs = Supposedly almost dead.

    So I would definitely choose Steve Jobs as a DAD because I would get an inheritance quicker. Ballmer would be just a pain!
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    manjyomethunder , May 23, 2009 1:27 AM
    Steve Ballmer of course. Jobs couldn't even take care of Lisa, how could I choose him as a dad? He'd just claim to be sterile.
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    NuclearShadow , May 23, 2009 1:36 AM
    I'd take Jobs as a father before Ballmer. Ballmer is just creepy and while he seems to be highly intelligent he also seems to be a bit crazy.
    Besides with Jobs being my father I would be much closer in inheriting that fortune.
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    rigaudio , May 23, 2009 2:13 AM
    I hear Jobs is brutal on his employees. D:
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    rooseveltdon , May 23, 2009 2:44 AM
    "we are just gonna keep coming and coming and coming and coming and coming" lol u could see the woman having dirty thoughts lol
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    Greatwalrus , May 23, 2009 3:52 AM
    I wish this was Gates vs Jobs... I miss Bill Gates as the head of Microsoft :( 
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    cruiseoveride , May 23, 2009 4:01 AM
    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA!!!, no I mean BALLMER, BALLMER, BALLMER!!!!
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    phantomtrooper , May 23, 2009 4:14 AM
    ill take ballmer hes got way more money at his disposal. together we can rule the universe. plus steve jobs god complex would get really annoying.

    if ur dad was either one why would u be borrowing a car???????? wouldnt u have ur own? jobs would tell u what kind of car he was buying u (probably a white prius). ballmer would buy u whatever the heck u wanted.
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    chuck_smith , May 23, 2009 4:26 AM
    I would have to go with Jobs... Ballmer jsut seems too creepy, like loopy, crazy, not sane... Jobs at least seems to be all there
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    Anonymous , May 23, 2009 4:26 AM
    Neither! I would tell my mother to abort me than be a child of those two bozos!
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    war2k9 , May 23, 2009 4:29 AM
    rigaudioI hear Jobs is brutal on his employees. D:


    Ballmer is the same or worse
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    Anonymous , May 23, 2009 4:32 AM
    For Tuan, I rather have 10% of Dad of quality, than 90% of crappy commodities.
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    maigo , May 23, 2009 4:33 AM
    I'm sorry, the correct answer is 'No'
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    Tindytim , May 23, 2009 5:00 AM
    "proud"?

    Neither. I hate Jobbs for being a cult leader, and Balmer is just a douche.
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    vladtepes , May 23, 2009 6:10 AM
    manjyomethunderSteve Ballmer of course. Jobs couldn't even take care of Lisa, how could I choose him as a dad? He'd just claim to be sterile.

    Baldness comes from your mother's side!!
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    vladtepes , May 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    IronRyan21Steve Balmer = seriously bald issues.Steve Jobs = Supposedly almost dead.So I would definitely choose Steve Jobs as a DAD because I would get an inheritance quicker. Ballmer would be just a pain!


    Baldness comes from your mother's side!! .Im sorry manjyomethunder , quote system sucks!!
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    tacoslave , May 23, 2009 7:27 AM
    they were right the correct answer is neither. and bill fuckin gates would make the greatest dad ever. imagine christmas at the gates house zero disappointment "well lets see what i got here! oh dad are these the keys to my new car. No their for optimus prime" next year faggetron hells to the yeah!!!
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    brando56894 , May 23, 2009 8:07 AM
    Steve Jobs. I'm definitely not a fan of how Microsoft runs their business but then again I'm not a huge Apple fan either. One of the main reasons why Windows is on about 85% of the computers in the world is because they have forced it on people since the beginning, have you ever seen a commercial for the Mac OS or any apple products before about 5 years ago? Most likely you haven't. MS has had numerous lawsuits against them for patent infringement (check out one of the sound dlls in windows xp it contains something along the lines of "cracked by [insert crackers name here]" at the bottom), anti trust laws, etc.. AFAIK Apple as had no such problems. Steve Balmer is just a new face for an evil corporation, it's like having a teddy bear represent a company that kills animals (ok so maybe thats not the greatest example but you catch my drift).
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    ph3412b07 , May 23, 2009 8:50 AM
    As a mechanical engineer, I would be so sick of Jobs in a second. I'd probably leave home if I were to call him dad. Ballmer is just more interesting.
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