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world's richest man
co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Paul Allen (current owner of the Portland Trailblazers)
Anyone who has ever bought a piece of software in a store has had the curiously deflating experience of taking the bright shrink-wrapped box home, tearing it open, finding that it's 95 percent air, throwing away all the little cards, party favors, and bits of trash, and loading the disk into the computer. The end result (after you've lost the disk) is nothing except some images on a computer screen, and some capabilities that weren't there before. Sometimes you don't even have that--you have a string of error messages instead. But your money is definitely gone. Now we are almost accustomed to this, but twenty years ago it was a very dicey business proposition. Bill Gates made it work anyway. He didn't make it work by selling the best software or offering the cheapest price. Instead he somehow got people to believe that they were receiving something in exchange for their money
- Neal Stephenson - _In The Beginning Was The Command Line_
From: The Bill Gates Interview
A candid conversation with the sultan of
software about outsmarting his rivals
(Full text at http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/Bill.Gates.html)
PLAYBOY: When you were at Harvard, did you frequent the Combat Zone, home of hookers, drugs and adult films?
GATES: That's true. [Laughs] But just because I went there doesn't mean I engaged in everything that was going on. But I did go there. It's easy, you just take the subway. And it's pretty inexpensive. I ate pizza, read books and watched what was going on. I went to the diners.
PLAYBOY: Ever take LSD?
GATES: My errant youth ended a long time ago.
PLAYBOY: What does that mean?
GATES: That means there were things I did under the age of 25 that I ended up not doing subsequently.
PLAYBOY: One LSD story involved you staring at a table and thinking the corner was going to plunge into your eye.
PLAYBOY: Ah, a glimmer of recognition.
GATES: That was on the other side of that boundary. The young mind can deal with certain kinds of gooping around that I don't think at this age I could. I don't think you're as capable of handling lack of sleep or whatever challenges you throw at your body as you get older. However, I never missed a day of work.
Harvard undergrads Gates and Allen develop the first programming language
for the Altair
8800, a version of the public-domain language Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic
Instruction Code (BASIC). They form another company, Micro-Soft, to license
the language to Altair's management and set up shop near MITS in Albuquerque, New
The power of the word runs throughout TechGnosis - from Guttenberg's printed Bible to the study of the Kaballah, from William Gibson's _Neuromancer to the use of hypertext on the Net. Interestingly, anyone using the most recent Microsoft Word without questioning the way it works will be writing and formatting according to Microsoft structures. The software automatically queries letter and fax structure. It also automatically queries any unusual sentence structure - James Joyce would have gone berserk. It is also essentially American grammar only. While most prompts can be shut off, many users would take them as a gift. So given Microsoft's current dominance, is Bill Gates the master of the word? Move over Moses, move over the Kabballa?
- Erik Davis
Hakim Bey on Bill Gates
For example. Is he the leader of this thing or is he just pushed forward on the wave of some kind of techno-economic development and if it was not Bill Gates it would be someone else.
Anton Wilson likes to quote: "When it is steam engine time it steam
engines." - Charles
Like when it is time to rain it rains. When it is time for steam engines some vast IT produces the steam engine. In fact we know plenty of examples where the same scientific discovery is made simultanously by five or six people within minutes around the world. Not because of some Jungianarchetypal anima floating around but because science got to that point. And five or six people were smart enough to realise it right away. There is also the point that the first working steam engine was actually built on an incorrect scientific theory, if I am not mistaken. It was made by someone who thought he was doing one thing but actually did something else alltogether and it just appened to be a steam engine. That happens plenty of times too.
The problem with conspiracy theory is to believe that there is one particular group of human beings who are in control of my destiny. That's a philosophical extreme to which I don't wanna go.
On the other side it's obvious that people do conspire. That there are conspiracies, secret forces behind outward political shows of power.
It is clear that there is not one single known politician in America who has any real power at all. They are simply working for big corporations and economic interests like oil, or the global market itself. The best model is, that there are many, at least several conspiracies and that they interlock, that they compete, that they melt into each other, that they separate from each other. If we wanna know what's going on, if we wanna understand history as it is happening we should know something about these conspiracies. Again critical consciousness is a useful tool here.
- _Hakim Bey Talks With Users of Public Netbase 3/18/95_
the ascii equivalent to "william
gates III" (counting the "III" as a "3") add up to 666
The real name of Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III.
Nowadays he is known as Bill Gates (III), where "III" means
the order of third (3rd.)
By converting the letters
of his current name to the ASCII-
values (which are used in computers) you will get the
B I L L G A T E S 3
66 + 73 + 76 + 76 + 71 + 65 + 84 + 69 + 83 + 3 = 666
"no one will ever need more than 640k of memory"
Bill Gates, launched his business career in 1969, at age 14 by forming a company named Lakeside Programming Group. Gates and his friend Paul Allen signed an agreement with Computer Center Corporation to report bugs in PDP-10 software, in exchange for computer time.
Dear Bill Gates,
I swam past your dream
house the other day,
but didn't stop to knock. Frankly, your
underwater sensors had me worried. I would
have liked to take a look at Winslow Homer's
_Lost On The Grand Banks_. It's a great painting,
but speaking as a friend and fellow citizen,
at $30 million you paid too much.
HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID FOR
So why are you so interested
in a picture
of two poor lost dory fishermen, momentarily
high on a swell, peering into a wall of fog?
They're about as high as they're ever going
to be, unless the sea gets uglier. They are
going to die you know, and it won't be a pretty
And as for you Bill, when you're
on the net,
are you lost? Or found?
And the rest of us -- lost or
found -- are we on it,
or in it?
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