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the roaring seventies...

Bill Gates
This nOde last updated April 11th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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born 1955
world's richest man

co-internal linkfounder of internal linkMicrosoft Corporation along with Paul Allen (current owner of the internal linkPortland Trailblazers)

Neal Stephenson

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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

  - internal linkNeal Stephenson - _In The Beginning Was The Command Line_

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From:  The Bill Gates Interview  (_Playboy_ Magazine)

 A candid conversation with the sultan of software about outsmarting his rivals
(Full text at external linkhttp://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 internal linkLSD?

GATES: My errant internal linkyouth ended a long internal linktime 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.

GATES: [Smiles]

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.

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Harvard undergrads Gates and Allen develop the first programming internal linklanguage for the internal linkAltair 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, internal linkNew Mexico.

Altair 8800

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The power of the word runs throughout TechGnosis - from Guttenberg's printed Bible to the study of the internal linkKaballah, from internal linkWilliam Gibson's  internal link_Neuromancer atomjacked inventory cacheto the use of internal linkhypertext on the internal linkNet. Interestingly, anyone using the most recent Microsoft Word without questioning the way it works will be writing and formatting according to internal linkMicrosoft structures. The software automatically queries letter and fax structure. It also automatically queries any unusual sentence structure - internal linkJames 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

Kabbalah William Gibson Neuromancer
Internet James Joyc x3

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internal linkHakim Bey on Bill Gates

For example. Is he the leader of this thing or is he just pushed forward on the internal linkwave of some  kind of techno-economic development and if it was not Bill Gates it would be someone else.

internal linkRobert Anton Wilson likes to quote: "When it is steam engine time it steam engines." - internal linkCharles Fort.
Robert Anton Wilson Steam Engine

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 internal linkJungianinternal linkarchetypal 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 internal linkconspiracy 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.

internal link_Hakim Bey Talks With Users of Public Netbase 3/18/95_

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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

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"no one will ever need more than 640k of internal linkmemory"

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Bill Sux on a real Intel chip
an actual Intel chip magnified

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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 internal linktime.

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Dear Bill Gates - frame 1 - the house Dear Bill Gates - frame 2 - dive Dear Bill Gates - frame 3 - boat


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external linkBill Gates' house and property assessment
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