David Bradley is an engineer
, one of the 12 strategists who worked around the clock to hammer out a plan for hardware, software, manufacturing setup and sales strategy
for the first IBM PC from 1980-1981. At that time, Bradley and others were tired of wasting time rebooting the system without powering it down. So, one day he had something like "write keyboard shortcut to reboot system" on list of things to do, and Control-Alt-Delete was created
. Years later, he said "I may have invented it, but I think Bill made it famous
." (YouTube) [more inside]
has been gaining in popularity since Barack Obama stopped by
to answer questions last August. Yesterday Bill Gates
showed up to talk about his charity work and his global concerns; earlier in the week, journalist Matt Taibbi
explained why breaking up the banks should be the Holy Grail for activists, and The Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde
talked about why he hopes TPB dies soon. Dan Rather
fielded questions via video recordings
, while Arnold Schwarzenegger
preferred to write his answers down
(warning: kind of illegible). In the last month alone, three members of the House of Representatives showed up – Jim McGovern
(MA), Jared Polis
(CO), and Zoe Lofgren
(CA). Meanwhile, actor Dante Basco
admitted he had a crush on Emmy Rossum while she was doing a simultaneous AMA
; needless to say, Redditors mentioned it to her
, resulting in an adorably awkward exchange between the two.
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
→ [WHO'S NEXT?]
→ [more inside]
Microsoft’s low-octane swan song was nothing if not symbolic of more than a decade littered with errors, missed opportunities, and the devolution of one of the industry’s innovators into a “me too” purveyor of other companies’ consumer products. ... How did this jaw-dropping role reversal happen? How could a company that stands among the most cash-rich in the world, the onetime icon of cool that broke IBM’s iron grip on the computer industry, have stumbled so badly in a race it was winning? [more inside]
A Conversation With Bill Gates About the Future of Higher Education
at the Chronicle of Higher Education
. As always, Bill is honest and interesting as he talks about new developments and how they fit into a realistic view of the next 10-20 years of higher ed.
Jamie Johnson, a heir to the Johnson & Johnson
fortune, uses his family connections to gain a critical insider’s perspective and remarkable unguarded interviews of those who hold 50% of America’s wealth in two self-made documentaries: The One Percent (parts 1
) and Born Rich
, along with a Vanity Fair blog
. From the other side: Elizabeth Warren, The Woman Who Knew Too Much
. [more inside]
Programmers Who Defined The Technology Industry: Where Are They Now?
is an invention factory founded by Nathan Myhrvold
, who previously founded Microsoft Research and was MS's CTO. Bill Gates raves about IV
, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article
about the IV invention process in The New Yorker
, Newsweek profiled
Nathan’s company in April 2010, and this week there was an hour-long TV interview
with Myhrvold on Charlie Rose. Take a 6-min video tour
of the laboratory.
"Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CNET he was saddened to learn of Roberts' death. 'He took a critically important step that led to everything we have today,' Wozniak said."
Ed Roberts, creator of the Altair 8800
, the first personal computer, died Thursday. [more inside]
Let's take a jaunt back, to the early days of DOS
, from the early 1980s to early 1990s
. Way back to IBM PC DOS 1.00
. Back when Bill Gates wrote code
. This was the time of avoiding donkeys on the road
), gorillas lobbing explosive bananas over skyscrapers
) and a hungry line named Nibbles
[a variant of the older Snake game
). So have at it! Gorillas recreated in Flash
| Flash tribute to Gorillas
, with updated graphics | Snake
| two-player Nibbles
| Radical Snake
(now with curves) | Snake
(like Radical Snake, but with landscape obstacles) | Nibblets
(All 10 original levels from the QBasic game Nibbles, but with a new control system) | Snake/Nibbles for Vim
(download) | Donkey
(QBasic source code)
Bill Gates files a bug report: "There's not a day that I don't send a piece of e-mail ... like that piece of e-mail
. That's my job."
The Bill and Steve
show: Jobs and Gates sit down together
and discuss the past, present and future at the D5 conference
Gates to Leave Day-to-Day Role at Microsoft in 2008.
Following the tradition of previous capitalists-turned-philanthropists such as J.P. Getty
and Andrew Carnegie
, Bill Gates has announced that in 2008 he will quit his full-time role as head of Microsoft to focus his attention on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
(whose website seems to be having issues at the moment). [NewsFilter]
Chef's death a ratings ploy.
"The whole quitting thing was Matts idea. They were
just starting their 10th season and were looking for a great idea to spark renewed interest in the show, and it did!"
In other sad news, a real death HAS occured.
Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Who is changing the world more for the better?
Some people believe Bill Gates and Microsoft are the Spawn of Satan
, while others praise him
for his philanthropy
. [subs. req'd]
Steve Jobs has more buzz on the internets
than Bill Gates and a near religious following
for his products with Apple. One might not give like the other, but one definitely is much more Zen-like
Newsfilter: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates
and Paul Hewson
named by Time Magazine as their persons of the year in recognition of their efforts against HIV-1, malaria and debt in Africa. "For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring the rest of us to follow, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are Time's Persons of the Year." said
the mag's editor-in-chief.
Inventor of CTRL-ALT-DEL ridicules Bill Gates.
"'I may have invented CTRL-ALT-DEL, but Bill Gates made it famous". Video clip of the episode, via TUAW
, who say "The funniest part is the expression, or lack thereof, on the face of Bill."
- Take a shot back. Bill Gates promised
to end spam.
is letting you
take a shot back ala SETI
. Get your copy and make love not spam.
Gates talks about our future.
Bill gates shows a side that is rarely seen by computer users. Love him
or hate him
, I just want to know why he doesn't want me to have one of these
some time in the next 15 years too.
Bill Gates May Blog.
Always ahead of the curve
, the astute visionary's groundbreaking foray into the virginal internet territory, known by computer hackers as "web logging," won't be all business, either. He's expected to share personal details such as tidbits from recent vacations.
I for one am trembling on the edge of my seat. 1.0
lacks that special something.
Bill Gates on weblogs and RSS.
It was inevitable, wasn't it?! Embrace and extend, baby. Embrace and extend...
Bill Gates proposes an end to free email
If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit-card offers, sweepstakes entries, and supermarket fliers. That's why we get so much junk e-mail: It's essentially free to send. So Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, among others, is now suggesting that we start buying "stamps" for e-mail.
Bill Gates to receive honorary Knighthood
. Apparently for his contribution to enterprise in the UK and charity work
. He will not be able to use the title "Sir" but will be entitled
to put the letters KBE after his name
Bill Gates, the philanthropist.
It's not mentioned enough that the world's richest man, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
, has donated more than $3.2 billion to combat disease and improve education
for the poorest people of the world. Bill and his wife Melinda have pledged to give most of their money away before they die -perhaps following Carnegie's philosophy "The Gospel of Wealth"
in which he states that the rich have a moral obligation to give away their fortunes.- Just last week they donated $168 million to combat Malaria in Africa, this came "atop $120 million"
they already gave towards fighting the disease. Not only is "Malaria, the Terrorist's Friend,"
but worse every year it sickens 300 million and kills 1.1 million. -does donating Linux to the world make Linus Torvalds a Philanthropist
Earth to Bill Gates: Thank you
This little editorial that appeared recently is (obviously) dancing on the fringe of cheesiness, but it begs an interesting question about philanthropy and the world's richest man. Gates appeared
on Bill Moyers' NOW
last night, and was reasonably candid (he used the phrase "failure of capitalism"), mentioning more than once that he intended to give away ~95%
of his wealth, mostly to aid public health. Our perceptions
of his politics aside, it would seem as if Gates intends to go out with a humanist bang.
Kevin Bacon and Bill Gates spawn love child.
In a surprisingly un-clumsy attempt to a) figure out what teens really like to do online, b) create an app to tap into this behavior
, and c) rule world, a skunkworks project
inside MS has beta released the surprisingly clued-in threedegrees.
It most literally rocks.
Is Bill Gates behind the times?
(NYT link - reg req'd) Microsoft today introduced designs for "a new class of watch" which can "provide weather information, text messages and other data." The simplest versions "will cost less than $150," the story says.
But Timex currently offers its own, cheaper version: the Internet Messenger Watch
for only US$50, and a year's free service, for almost the same features.
Is Microsoft actually behind
the times with their 'innovation'? Is this embarrassing for the software giant?
The real challenge to Microsoft in the 21st Century?
Wonder what the techies out there think of this - is it yet another pc false dawn, or - if and when Red Hat get on board - the beginning of the end for Windows?
Checkout the heavyweight 'partners'...
What with the developments in the pipeline for PlayStation Linux - and maybe even the XBox!
- , and Linux making tentative inroads in China
, how's Bill gonna embrace and extend this one? Please elucidate for the ignorant!
Link courtesy of BBC Sci/Tech
Bill Gates fooled by Quebec radio station.
He may be the world's richest man, but that didn't prevent Bill Gates from falling for an April Fool's Day joke by two Quebec radio comics pretending to be Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Guttenberg, Babbage...Gates? [via Techdirt]
Reading this caused me to question what caused Salon.com to publish this glowing valentine/commercial endorsement for Microsoft's .NET (a general catch-all marketing phrase covering MSFT's implementation of a number of standards supporting web services). Ignores most of the security shortfalls of .NET and compares Gates to Guttenberg. Should this bear the title "Paid Advertising"?
Microsoft announced a month long moratorium on new coding in order to fix bugs.
Purcell,their privacy chief is quoted
as saying Gates "is really annoyed by the incredible pain we put everyone through in computing" . Microsoft's bug problems and security vulnerabilities have lately been getting out of hand. There has also been rumours last month that Gates wants the entire company reoriented towards ..well providing bug free products. Do you think that serious changes are underway in Microsoft? What does it really take for an sofware development enterprise the size of Microsoft to have to provide secure, reasonably bug free products? (via GMSV
"I think it's a healthy sign that there are demonstrators in the streets. They are raising the question of 'is the rich world giving back enough?'"
: Bill Gates (yeah, this guy
). I think it's interesting that the "evil capitalists" seem to actually have some similiar beliefs to the protestors at the WEF conference. Perhaps we've moved a step beyond between the us=good them=bad analogies?
Gates, Bono, unveil 'DATA Agenda' for Africa
"We have an agenda," said Bono at a news conference, "which we're calling the 'DATA Agenda': 'Debt, AIDS and trade for Africa, in return for democracy, accountability and transparency in Africa.'
As bracing as it is to see a picture of Bono with Bill Gates, there is an interesting message here. Bono compares Africa today with post-WWII Europe, describing it as vulnerable to extremism. Bill Gates is fronting the cash to improve health care and raise living standards in third-world countries.
Bill & Melinda Gates' $24 Billion Charity
"The Gates Foundation often makes grants only on condition that governments or other nonprofits match them, and requires that recipients meet regular goals for performance—or risk losing their funding. (That hardball approach has met with criticism from some members of the philanthropic community, who argue that holding people to ambitious standards may make sense in Redmond but not in places where millions can’t read.) And experts have calculated that improvements in health care themselves have a huge ripple effect in the poorest countries: if parents believe their children will live longer, they save more and reproduce less. That will help create capital for investment, which will spur more development and so on, in a "positive feedback loop," as the techies like to say in Redmond."
Microsoft to make products more "trustworthy."
A lot of buzz words floating around here, like "trustworthy" and "security." Does this mark a true sea change in Microsoft strategy, or is it just a PR stunt, too little, too late? One thing I'll say, though - I never thought I'd hear this coming from Bill: "Users should be in control of how their data is used... It should be easy for users to specify appropriate use of their information, including controlling the use of e-mail they send." (from the AP report
Nader to Gates:
"It is significant that a small number of persons who run the company hold a substantial share of the stock in the company, a fact that is very unusual for such a large publicly traded corporation."
"This also raises questions about whether or not these persons, including yourself, are accumulating these staggering sums of cash to advance other agendas, rather than to advance the interest of shareholders."
Nader Nader Nader
Nothing So Strange
is a mockumentary about the assasination of Bill Gates. This
Gates doppleganger plays the Chairman, while Microsoft isn't happy