Well, we needn't hyper-anticipate the predictable barrage from the trolls and haters. They are who they are, they'll be who they'll be. They're easy enough to ignore, and they usually eventually give up.
Anyway, thanks for posting this. I've always thought a lot of Jean-Louis Gassée, as the guy that brought BeOS to existence. There are days when I wonder what OS-X would have been like if BeOS had been chosen as the undercarriage instead of NeXTSTEP. I played with BeOS years ago, it was pretty neat.
BTW, what is it about the letter "e" that makes companies lower-case or subscript it:
BeOSAre we looking at the fingerprints of the Illuminati or something here?
I think it has to do with the mathematical concept of e more than anything. It's Napier's or Euler's Constant. . . it's an irrational number almost equal to 2.7182818284590452353602874713527. . . and so on, and on, and on. . . like Pi only for logarithms. (1 +1/n)n approaches e as n gets larger. It's a very geeky number, just the thing geeks would tend to put in their logos. Especially in Ne, as a pun on that formula, and a gas that glows when excited.
It's a reference to a subatomic particle which began to get really interesting in about 1906, when Lee De Forest invented the triode, a gadget for switching streams of submicroscopic e's, with the aim of transmitting information over long distances. It's been an upward trajectory ever since.