but now that he's gone people are actually comparing him to Edison or Tesla in their grief. It's embarrassing to those of us with a brain.
Why? Pure technology is never everything. Making good user interfaces and good usability takes intelligence and knowledge. This is the same kind of elitist "what I do is much more harder and requires more intelligence than what others do" bullshit. It's on the edge of narcissism.
Your product or technology might be hundreds of times better than the competitors, but it still needs to have good usability and all the other things. This is the same thing about marketing - even if your product is in every way superior to others, it doesn't help if no one knows about it.
These are the two things geeks seem to ignore and just act like they're better than anyone else.
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith