C# and Perl pay my bills right now, but I was hired based on an interview question that was something like "how do you reverse a linked list?", which is a classical pointer question. As Joel puts it:
All Microsoft is guilty of is wanting to keep people's business even if they don't want to play video games on a PC. Instead of trying to force the customer to change to adapt to their business plan (which is lock-in), MS changed their business plan to adapt to the customer. This is exactly what companies should do.
Why did Jobs wear the black turtleneck when doing the keynotes? Style? Hardly. He blended better into the background. That way whatever he was holding would show up better.
By most accounts, he pretty much wears that exact same outfit every day at work. He's one of those people who decides what to wear once and leaves it at that so he can focus on more important things. Though he has been known to wear shorts when it was hot enough out.
Also while Steve Jobs is a techie, he himself isn't a programmer or engineer.
It does seem worth pointing out that Jobs tinkered with electronics around the same time Woz did. One of Jobs' most arrogant quotes was something like, "Woz was the first person I met who was better at electronics than I was."
Actually, the UI is designed to have sensible common defaults and an easy to use UI, but someone "wanting to type in commands" also has the whole UNIX subsystem to access for more flexibility.
He was talking about the original Macintosh, from 1984, which had no UNIX or command line.
Why would the old Steve Jobs have done that? Being forced out and then coming back with Apple in tatters only reinforced his core belief that his own views on how to run product lines were correct. When did the old Steve Jobs hang onto a product line for emotional reasons? Early accounts don't seem to indicate emotion was involved in decisions much at all.
The old Steve Jobs was fanatical about having the NeXT factory painted specific colors, or the NeXT cube being a perfect black cube made out of magnesium, or about the Mac not having a hard drive or a fan. Being kicked out of Apple humbled Jobs, but so did the difficulties at NeXT.
Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.