Some of the sketches seem to come from the work of the person who wrote the introduction to her book.
Too often we think about the captains of the ships, the Gates and Bezos and Musks of this world. People attribute so much to them, when all they really did is convince other people with actual skill to make the things they wanted. I doubt Elon could design the engine of a rocket. There are no Tony Starks outside of the movies. There are 60 ~ 150 engineers who carefully design and check each others work.
It's like when we see Columbus discovering the new world, even though so many other civilizations had discovered it before him, ignoring all the ships and crews that got him there, and the fact that the new world was named after Amerigo Vespucci, the cartographer who actually mapped it out.
There are hundreds or thousands of engineers and designers like this one, who are the people who really make these products real.
Edit: there's a tl;dr on the particular topic of Gates' engineering skills buried in the story (which I'll quote below), but I encourage everyone to read the whole damn thing because that is how you successfully lead engineers.
"It was a good point. Bill Gates was amazingly technical. He understood Variants, and COM objects, and IDispatch and why Automation is different than vtables and why this might lead to dual interfaces. He worried about date functions. He didn’t meddle in software if he trusted the people who were working on it, but you couldn’t bullshit him for a minute because he was a programmer. A real, actual, programmer."
He definitely became famous as an executive and captain of industry. But he very much started on the hands-on, nerd side of things.
That would be un-becoming of a narcissist and a leader. What he would do, is to do a 180 and claim that it was his idea all along. From a dispassionate point of view this is actually good since all sides of a contentious issue can be fully explored, but it sure feels shitty when someone steals your idea and claims it as his own.
Such is the life of the salaried employee.
There are advantages though, in that you don't have to run with the idea. You can just go home in the evening and be with your kids.
Also, if it turns out to actually be a bad idea it's not your problem either!
Even when you allow for the indisputable fact that, say, Herzfeld or Cringley or Isaacson and others are fallible human beings with imperfect recollection and intrinsic biases, the lockstep consistency of the narratives and characterizations is striking.
The big advantage Jobs had is that he never had to answer to anyone. It was always "his company". Except when it wasn't of course!
"Strong opinions, loosely held" is a good way to approach many things.
In this case, you're wrong. Elon is actually the lead engineer on at least early SpaceX rockets.
"When you look at a photo or see a realistic face, you see it as the face of another; but when you enter the world of cartoon, you see yourself"
is from Scott McCloud's excellent "The Invisible Art" .
Cannot recommend it strongly enough; it contains a rich and enlightening analysis of cartoons, and through that of the way we human perceive and communicate using graphics.
Our bitmap artist Susan Kare had a comprehensive international symbol dictionary and she leafed through it, looking for an appropriate symbol that was distinctive, attractive and had at least something to do with the concept of a menu command.
Finally she came across a floral symbol that was used in Sweden to indicate an interesting feature or attraction in a campground.
That's not how I know the sign. The Swedish Transport Agency has a page for this road sign.
It says, roughly translated: “The symbol indicates an historic site [or attraction] of national interest. The nature of the historic site is indicated in connection with the symbol.”
So, it's probably more commonly used to mark viking age burial grounds than campgrounds.
-- Picky Swede
They aren't saying its used to denote the campground, rather the presence of a historic site or attraction at the campground.
"I was just not sure what a ‘feature’ looked like … so I was thumbing through a symbol dictionary and I came across this symbol (⌘). In the back of the book, it said it was for an ‘interesting feature’ at Swedish campgrounds. I thought it was maybe a little abstract, but it worked."