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Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time
by Gary Woods

Last week I told you I was saving up my Amazon purchases so they would total $25 and I could get free shipping to see the Steve Jobs spoof called "iSteve." So, after cogitating what I should get I came up with some other video titles I wanted to see.

First up I thought of "Triumph of the Nerds." This video is a look at the beginning of the computer industry with interviews by Robert X. Cringely of people like Paul Allen the Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and of course Steve Jobs. "Triumph" is a great overview of where things started with the people who started it all. The picture is actually 3 approximately 1 hour episodes and I think it's a great look at how the personal computing business took the world by storm.

To compliment "Triumph of the Nerds" I got "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview." This is all the Steve Jobs outtakes from "Triumph of the Nerds" and is an amazing 70 minute discussion with Jobs in 1995 just prior to his coming back to Apple and turning the tech world on its collective ear. His insights are definitely worth a look and I recommend this video highly.

After that I found "Pirates of Silicon Valley" which is a fictionalized version of those same beginnings of the computer business starring Noah Wyle of "Falling Skies" fame as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. This 2 hour TV movie is a lot of fun and gets into some of the personal interaction between Jobs and Gates.

Finally I got "iSteve" because I went way over my $25 cap for getting free shipping. This picture was kind of fun but I wouldn't put it in my "must see" category. They had Steve Wozniak looking like Hagrid from Harry Potter with a giant body and beard. They also had a fictionalized virtual romance between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates wife Melinda. Anyway, of the pictures I got this is my least favorite but the rest of them are definitely worth a look.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc