Paul Graham, in Great Hackers, hates on Java and American cars and lauds Apple and Google. I liked this footnote:
Google is much more dangerous to Microsoft than Netscape was. Probably more dangerous than any other company has ever been. Not least because they're determined to fight. On their job listing page, they say that one of their "core values'' is "Don't be evil.'' In a company selling soybean oil or mining equipment, such a statement would merely be eccentric. But I think all of us in the computer world recognize who that is a declaration of war on.
And he claims great hackers choose Perl -- a surprise coming from someone whose every essay turns to lisp.