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Gates-Jobs relationship explored in new PBS documentary

The rocky 30-year partnership between Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates is featured in the new PBS documentary on Jobs's career.

PBS airs its documentary on the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs - One Last Thing, starting tonight at 10:00PM Eastern Time. The program promises some insider recollections and previously off-the-record commentary. It has an entire feature on the rocky 30-year partnership and friendship between Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Here's a quick clip from that segment:

Watch Steve Jobs: One Last Thing - Walt Mossberg on the Jobs-Gates Relationship on PBS. See more from PBS.

The program even includes a surprise feature:

In a never-before-broadcast interview from 1994, Jobs expounds on his philosophy of life: "You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."

From the traffic statistics here on TechRepublic I can tell that a lot of you are starting to have Steve Jobs fatigue. That's understandable since the tech headlines have been saturated with Jobs since his official retirement from Apple in August and his death in October. However, PBS typically does a solid job on its documentaries and this one looks like more than just a rehash of the same stuff you've already heard about Jobs from a hundred other sources.

PBS said that it is also going to make the documentary available online at pbs.org/video starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 3.

For those of you who are science buffs and will be watching the Jobs documentary on PBS the old fashion way tonight, you might want to tune in an hour early for the premier of The Fabric of the Cosmos with physicist Brian Greene at 9:00PM Eastern.

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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