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How Bill Gates Works

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the day-in-the-life-of dept.

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ZZeta writes "What's a day like for the richest man on Earth? In this Fortune interview, Bill Gates explains what he does on his average workday. Most interesting? He is not into some of Outlook's features, such as to-do lists and email notification. Also, he works with three monitors and is looking forward to buying a digital whiteboard next year." I was interested in how he gets his e-mail filtered. Hey Bill, if you read this, I'll totally put you on my e-mail whitelist!

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Is he watching? (-1, Troll)

Ithika (703697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075096)

Yeah but does he read Slashdot? And does he do any hacking? (No, I haven't RTFA.)

Re:Is he watching? (4, Funny)

Ithika (703697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075167)

Well I've now RTFA and it is, to put it mildly, "content-light". He sorts his email rather than using a to-do list, and he's saving up for a digital whiteboard. This merits an article? I've written more involved blog posts about train journeys to work (no, seriously). Such is the privilege of being the richest rogue^Wentrepreneur in the world.

His desk also looks a bit unreal though. A potted plant and three flatscreens is all that he amounts to. Are you sure that picture wasn't taken in Ikea?

Re:Is he watching? (4, Funny)

Shano (179535) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075197)

Saving up for a digital whiteboard. Right.

This is Bill Gates we're talking about. Obviously you mean a digital whiteboard company.

Re:Is he watching? (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075336)

Obviously you mean a digital whiteboard company.
That's bacause no-one makes the exact style he wants. If he owned the company there would be no issue :-)

On another note:
e-mail comes straight to me from anyone I've ever corresponded with, anyone from Microsoft, Intel, HP, and all the other partner companies, and anyone I know.
Time to see if I'm in a partnerish enough company . . . tempting, Really tempting.
-nB

Re:Is he watching? (1, Interesting)

General_Crespin (840569) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075374)

FTFA:

The whiteboards in some Microsoft offices have the ability to capture an image and send it up to the computer, almost like a huge Tablet PC. I don't have that right now, but probably I'll get a digital whiteboard in the next year.

He doesn't say anything about SAVING up to get one.

Re:Is he watching? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075198)

...and he's saving up for a digital whiteboard.

Damn those things must be expensive!

Re:Is he watching? (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075352)

Those flatscreens are NECs though, they are awesome for office and coding work. I turned down 2 IBM 21" over my existing 18" NECs at the office.
-nB

First Comment? (-1, Flamebait)

DarkMorph (874731) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075098)

A new thing for me. Anyway, how many people honestly care what this guy does? I'm sick of hearing his name for pointless reasons. Why is this considered news anyway?

Re:First Comment? (0, Redundant)

nolife (233813) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075319)

Did you see what she wore last night at the awards ceremony?
The desire of someone following the day to day activities or even have a remote interest of "famous" people is very hard for me to understand. Maybe people feel a connection or something or do not have anything to do that is closer to reality.
Obviously it is common and there is an entire businesses built on that concept that people are interested in the stars.

Hmmmm thats strange (0, Flamebait)

bazmail (764941) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075099)

for an article entitled "How I Work" it leaves out all the important parts like, threatening oems and engaging unfair business practices to crush competition.

Failures (1, Funny)

caluml (551744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075100)

Why should we listen to him - what has he ever achieved? (grumbling) OK, I suppose he has done fairly well for himself....

But I bet one thing though - when his hard drive fails, or some software goes wrong - he can get someone from IT to fix it straight away.

Re:Failures (4, Funny)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075230)

Also, does he ever get viruses, the BSOD, spyware, spam, crashes, and driver conflits?

Or does he use a Mac?

Re:Failures (2, Funny)

towsonu2003 (928663) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075284)

But I bet one thing though - when his hard drive fails, or some software goes wrong - he can get someone from IT to fix it straight away.
Nope... He carries around a Knoppix CD for that, didn't you know??!

Re:Failures (2, Insightful)

archen (447353) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075376)

I'd like to say that I don't like MS nor bill gates, however looking at what bill gates actually does is an interesting thing. I mean here's the guy who is more or less in charge of the software running on about 85% of the world's computers. How do you sort through information, organize yourself and get things done? Bill Gates uses outlook, and unlike the REST of the world, he runs the company that actually makes the software.

Aside from his three screens, his office looks REALLY unimpressive.

But the overall tone of what he talks about is what I already came to understand when I went to a few MS tech seminars years back. MS does eat its own dogfood, and that is something to take notice of. The company also forces its employees to actually use its software properly, and it is also properly maintained, and deployed. So in essance it's similar to what you say - some IT guy will fix it.

I mean out of all the smaller businesses I deal with I can't see ANY of them actually doing anything with sharepoint aside from wasting money. And that's assuming that it was installed properly - which often it's not. It's nice that the company (and bill gates) that understands the software and what it was intended to do uses it properly, but how well it works for everyone else... hard to say.

HSW (5, Funny)

earthstar (748263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075102)

" How Bill Gates Works "

Interesting.

I Guess,How stuff Works should include how such " stuff " works too .

Re:HSW (5, Funny)

clevershark (130296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075122)

Bill Gates is supported by a system of veins and arteries that cycle blood throughout his body, as well as a set of lungs which collect oxygen which is then added to the blood...

Re:HSW (1, Funny)

TERdON (862570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075370)

Bill Gates is supported by a system of veins and arteries that cycle blood throughout his body, as well as a set of lungs which collect oxygen which is then added to the blood...

Aren't you forgetting the borg parts of him (just look at the picture at the top of Slashdot)? Those would be the parts that don't work like the rest of us. :)

huh? (5, Interesting)

clevershark (130296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075103)

"Also, he works with three monitors and is looking forward to buying a digital whiteboard next year." I can't fathom why the world's richest man would wait for any period of time before buying something, especially if it's something useful!

Obligatory Simpsons Reference (2, Funny)

bri2000 (931484) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075138)

He didn't get rich by writing a lot of cheques...

The Technology Hasn't Been Up To Snuff (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075183)

I use a digital whiteboard at work. It's placed on top of a multi-thousand dollar plasma screen and and the whiteboard itself cost thousands also. I think the company that makes it is called Smarttech [smarttech.com] . It's a nice thing but there are many frustration/time consuming aspects of it. If I were a billionaire, I wouldn't want to waste my time fiddling with a whiteboard that--in the end--would give me a little better control over my demos and presentations.

What I'm trying to say is that I bet he was waiting for this technology to get to a point where maybe the two units came as one and were more sleekly integrated. The maintenance/recalibration of this thing is a pain and there are times when we have customers sitting in front of us and we're trying to present to them but we have to run through some diagnostics.

Not cool.

Now imagine those customers were interested in million dollar contracts with you.

Re:The Technology Hasn't Been Up To Snuff (2, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075345)


For the amount of money that Bill has at his disposal, he could just hire Bob Ross [wikipedia.org] to generate his presentations on the fly. ^_^

Re:huh? (1, Informative)

aug24 (38229) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075191)

Presumably he doesn't think they are quite there yet. Certainly the ones I've used haven't been good enough (they printed on heat-paper, rather than created vector graphics and emailing the file to me).

J.

Re:huh? (1)

Solkre (787360) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075222)

Maybe he has to requisition it and get approved by the board. I wonder how much he can buy himself before he needs approval. He's "personally" rich, but we don't exactly know what happens in Microsoft. Considering his stock holdings though, it's not like anything would be denied, just what tape to get through.

A Few Possible Reasons (1)

kiehlster (844523) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075385)

1. He's more interested in the company and wants them to have all the cool gadgets before he gets one himself. Sorta that growth mentality where you want to further the company by making them happy instead of jealous. 2. Maybe he wants one of those whiteboards where he can use his hand motions to move stuff around on the screen and combine stuff and whatnot. I think we saw some articles on this tech before. 3. He's waiting for Windows Vista to arrive.

First (-1, Troll)

Dale549 (680107) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075104)

First post

Re:First (1, Offtopic)

Liquorman (691815) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075127)

NOT!!!

How does he work? With 3 Screens! (4, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075111)

...err I mean Windows!

Hey Bill, change your desktop wallpaper, it is looking a bit dated. And wash your hair.

He says he only gets 100 emails a day, surely we can send him some more to billg@microsoft.com ?

And Bill, where is your XBOX 360??

Re:How does he work? With 3 Screens! (4, Funny)

dsplat (73054) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075185)

And Bill, where is your XBOX 360??
What, he can't find one anywhere either?

Re:How does he work? With 3 Screens! (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075239)

The Best Buy near me had about 100 premium versions sitting in a nice stack in the middle of the aisle the other day. Funny thing was that it was about 3PM Sunday, and it didn't look like a single one had been moved, unless they happened to sell exactly a layer or two from the 4x4 arrangement. I'm kind of doubting that, though, since nobody even seemed to notice them the entire time I was there.

Re:How does he work? With 3 Screens! (1)

Duds (100634) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075314)

Or they were just display boxes.

Re:How does he work? With 3 Screens! (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075328)

thing was that it was about 3PM Sunday, and it didn't look like a single one had been moved

I think either people are waiting for the PS3, the price to drop because it is too expensive, or more and better games to start being released. Sometimes waiting a while for new technology to work the bugs out is the best thing anyway.
Makes me laugh to think back in December I saw XBOX 360s on Ebay going for $600 - $800 a piece.

Re:How does he work? With 3 Screens! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075276)

"Hey Bill, change your desktop wallpaper, it is looking a bit dated."

Memo to bill:
http://toddadams.net/images/wallpaper/index.htm [toddadams.net]

Re:How does he work? With 3 Screens! (1)

alexhs (877055) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075338)

I feel sorry for him, given how using MS-Windows with multiple screen is a nightmare... :)

But, looking at the picture, he's only using a single screen anyway...

Ok, I read the article (3, Insightful)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075114)

It should have been titled "How I Work^H^H^H^HUse e-mail: Bill Gates".

Two things I learned from this.

1. Mr. Gates is getting old and sad (look at the picture).

2. He does not have much to say to us.

Re:Ok, I read the article (1)

Criterion (51515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075366)

I wish I had mod points. Short and sweet. My thoughts exactly.

How he gets his email filtered (3, Interesting)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075115)

... I read an article in which he was quoted saying that he had a small staff that personally goes through his email.

Alas, I am too lazy to link to such article.

Re:How he gets his email filtered (2, Interesting)

johansalk (818687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075303)

Harrison Ford jokingly said on the daily show that he had a small staff that watched porn and reported back to him. Makes you think, what if you were Bill Gates and afflicted with a weird fetish? Phewh. For once I'm glad I'm not Bill Gates.

Re:How he gets his email filtered (2, Informative)

tpgp (48001) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075383)

... I read an article in which he was quoted saying that he had a small staff that personally goes through his email.

Four million Spam a day - here's the article [guardian.co.uk] for ya, and a quote from it:
Unlike ordinary people though, Mr Gates doesn't get a sore finger from deleting unwanted missives. The company has a team of people dedicated to ensuring he only gets mail that he wants to read.
Look's like he'll have to find some other way to make his finger sore :-(

TFA (5, Funny)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075117)

Today, if there's something up there that's brilliant, I just get out my pen and my Tablet PC and recreate it.

Wow, like that's really changed? See something good and copy it!

Mod parent down... (1, Insightful)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075241)

That comment is presented way out of context. He's clearly referring to his 'old fashioned' whiteboard and copying the information from it to his tablet manually.

Re:TFA (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075309)

"See something good and copy it!"

Microsoft: Innovation Through Imitation

"How Bill Works" or something else? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075121)

Evidently "How Bill Works" is some sort of code for "Hey, here's a commercial for Office, MS desktop search and tablet PC."

Advertising Sharepoint (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075134)

Two thoughts about the article (maybe three or four).

First, Bill Gates wants a digital whiteboard but won't get one until later this year. You'd think that he'd be able to have one installed today, within the hour, as the richest man in the world.

Second, while I sometimes stare at my thoughts jotted down on my whiteboard, I too consider them brilliant. That's something that I have in common with Bill Gates.

Third, is the man wearing a rug? He needs to fire his barber.

Fourth, what is the deal with McCain? He looks like he's looking for the person who stole the remote control to his nursing home rec room TV.

Re:Advertising Sharepoint (1)

macrom (537566) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075369)

First, Bill Gates wants a digital whiteboard but won't get one until later this year. You'd think that he'd be able to have one installed today, within the hour, as the richest man in the world.

This is just a guess, but maybe Microsoft has a process whereby you request a new item (such as a digital whiteboard) and are placed in a queue to get one. To not seem like the snobby CEO that always is granted an exception, he put himself in the queue; it will get installed when IT gets around to his turn.

My workplace is like this -- LCD upgrades are being handed out, and it's the project managers and developers that are receiving them before the management. The managers want to make sure that they're employees are taken care of first. Perhaps Microsoft (and Bill Gates) have this sort of culture/philosophy as well.

Re:Advertising Sharepoint (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075380)

I don't know where Gates goes, but I do remember that when I lived in the area, my barber claimed to be the one who cut Ballmer's hair. I didn't think that was really something to be all that proud of, but whatever.

(for the curious, it was that place on Bel-Red Rd., right by the Pagliacci's, and a couple blocks from Crossroads)

Shady guy (5, Funny)

AsciiNaut (630729) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075135)

Interesting to see him using venetian blinds -- doesn't he like Windows?

Re:Shady guy (1)

itchy92 (533370) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075280)

AUGH! Pun overload!

"What's a day like for the richest man on Earth?" (1)

[cx] (181186) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075140)

I would hope pretty god damned exciting, Bill don't you let me down!

"gigabytes of information at my fingertips"

Im sure he meant porn, ahem media files.

Schematics? (2, Funny)

Novotny (718987) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075146)

I was expecting some sort of poorly commented code

Next year? (0, Redundant)

zensonic (82242) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075148)

I cannot figure the reason behind waiting a year before getting a digital whiteboard. Anybody got any good explantions? Surely it can't be a question about money.

Thomas

Re:Next year? (2, Insightful)

phil-trick (24853) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075341)

I think you might call it restraint.

Just because you can afford to buy it, does not mean you have to buy it.

Phil

Re:Next year? (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075375)

I cannot figure the reason behind waiting a year before getting a digital whiteboard. Anybody got any good explantions?

Being able to buy anything and everything with no effort kind of takes the pleasure out of it. You always appreciate things more when they took a little effort. Maybe Bill imposes self-inflicted waits so he can enjoy his new toys that little bit more?

Desktop (3, Insightful)

otter42 (190544) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075151)

Two things to notice:

1) His (windows) desktop uses the default XP background. Odd that the world's richest man doesn't change his background picture.

2) The (real) desktop looks as if it were made out of particle board.

Maybe Gates is more down to earth than we'd thought?

Re:Desktop (1)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075186)


1) His (windows) desktop uses the default XP background. Odd that the world's richest man doesn't change his background picture.

He's probably far too busy making $300 a second or something insane like that.

That is his background picture. (5, Funny)

taxman_10m (41083) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075216)

And probably why it is everyone else's default.

Re:That is his background picture. (4, Insightful)

speeDDemon (nw) (643987) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075258)

Because they format and re-install so often!

Re:That is his background picture. (0, Offtopic)

Duds (100634) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075285)

Or he needed something to hide the porn.

Re:Desktop (5, Funny)

jeillah (147690) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075226)

That looks like a studio version of a generic office except for the side by side trio of monitors on the desk. I'll bet they didn't want to show his real office with the big golden throne and all the other good stuff...

Re:Desktop (2, Insightful)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075286)

Chances are he doesn't see his background very often. The only time I see mine is on bootup. After that my desktop is littered with apps. I'm sure he minimized his windows so everyone could see he was running WindowsXP. (Just another reason it's the default desktop too is that everyone will recognize it)

Re:Desktop (5, Funny)

AxminsterLeuven (963108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075302)

1) His (windows) desktop uses the default XP background. Odd that the world's richest man doesn't change his background picture. He probably *did* change his desktop to match his personal preferences. He just changed it on all the computers on the entire world.

Re:Desktop (1)

defile (1059) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075312)

Maybe Gates is more down to earth than we'd thought?

The "self-made billionaire" types usually kick it average joe style so that they can stay in touch with their customer's sensibilities.

I heard a story about Ross Perot when he got involved with GM. Normally, high level executives can get their cars serviced through a premium service station that has parts flown in same day on private jets. Ross insisted on using the normal service stations that regular customers had to deal with so he could get a better idea of company performance. This and similar antics drove the board to buy him out.

Wrong Desktop (0, Troll)

twitter (104583) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075324)

Maybe Gates is more down to earth than we'd thought?

That's the receptionist's desk. His gold plated, diamond studded, virgin Brazilian hardwood desk with human skull feet and bone handles is in his office. It only has one monitor on it's running enlightenment because he got tired of mousing over three desktops and the HVAC hurricane it took to cool it all off.

Some things never change. There's not much paper on this desk either [monkeymethods.org] , though he did use a mac. To do lists are for people who have real tasks. One day, if he ever has something to really do and a calendar program with better todo list integration than Outlook, he'll understand how silly his "folder" organization is.

No one should take this man as a model of how to get things done, but they do. All the tasks that you and I have to do, he simply tells someone else to do. Email is everything to him. The level of control this man personally exercises over the work habits of people in big dumb companies is astounding. He's completely out of touch with real world activities, yet he exercises crazy micro control of Microsoft and Windows development. Perhaps this is one of the more important reasons M$ has yet to ship Vista. Down to Earth? Sure, if you consider your head shoved up your ass a down poisition.

Re:Desktop (1)

Jose (15075) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075371)

1) His (windows) desktop uses the default XP background. Odd that the world's richest man doesn't change his background picture.

he probably had a girly picture as his background, but changed it for picture being taken.

Desktop search (4, Funny)

frdmfghtr (603968) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075153)

Another digital tool that has had a big effect on my productivity is desktop search.


I wonder what he uses...*cough*GDS*cough* :)

Sheesh (1)

Malnathor (588724) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075158)

I expected a little more maturity from the Slashdot crowd. What?

Only three apps on three screens? What a sloth! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075164)

Sheesh, On one screen, I generaly have 10 virtual desktops full of apps from all I do in a day. Bill must not have much to do if he fits his email on two screens the the prowser on the third. I thought he actually worked at Microsoft!

getting rid of paper (1)

ravimar (964073) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075175)

The article mostly focuses on how paperless Bill is. The side box says he uses a communicator for on-the-move reading and writing. And the article says he uses a TabletPC, as is shown in the picture. Can anyone recognize the actual product from the picture?

Re:getting rid of paper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075279)

It looks like a Motion Computing M1600...

Email? Still popular? You don't say! (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075189)

"At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls, documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings (voicemails and faxes are actually integrated into our e-mail in-boxes)."


I thought we already knew that [slashdot.org] .

I also recall reading an article a while ago on here (no, can't find it) that explained how Bill Gates has a staff of people sorting his (e)mail. Now it looks like that is no longer the case?

Maybe Bill Gates did cure spam but is not telling anyone else how to do it. :)

Ikea beats Microsoft? (1, Offtopic)

Spinlock_1977 (777598) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075190)

I think the guy from Ikea is now the richest man on earth - BG is #2. Can anyone confirm?

Re:Ikea beats Microsoft? (4, Informative)

TERdON (862570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075219)

Nope, not anymore. Ingvar Kamprad used to be though, when the IT market flushed, making all BG's stock more or less worthless.

Re:Ikea beats Microsoft? (2, Informative)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075272)

Ingvar Kamprad used to be though
That's a man who really lives on the cheap, though. Far more than most western people, it seems. He's kind of known for that. And is not very much into modern things like mobile phones.

What a shameless ad! (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075192)

I read the article and what a big piece of fluffy advertising for all things Microsoft. Now you too can see all the things the worlds richest man uses to keep his day organized.

Nice how he spends so much time on SharePoint, oh and gets a plug in for his TabletPC.

I am no anti-microsoftie, but this was just a very well placed ad. Even so I learned three things from this article:
1. Even Bill Gates has to wait to purchase some technology (Whiteboard)
2. 3 monitors does sound really cool, and I wonder if I can use it on my laptop
3. Sharepoint has some features that we are not currently using that I should research (discussion board being just one)

Bit too clean... (2, Interesting)

Winterblink (575267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075194)

His office looks like mine when I take a picture of it. Beforehand, I'd have gone through and cleaned off the mess of paper, chip bags, and cans though. I'm sure he's got a whole team at Microsoft responsible for sanitizing his office prior to press visits.

The again, it sounds like all he does is chat on the phone and read/write emails. If that's all I had to do my desk would look like nobody worked there too.

Re:Bit too clean... (1)

Criterion (51515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075334)

If he was the least bit concerned with press visits, I think he might, at the very least, comb his hair. This is OBVIOUSLY not the case though.

Bill and his outlooks screen (1, Offtopic)

gothamboy (699451) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075214)

First of all, he looks like Woody Allen in that picture.

Second of all, it would be funny to see if the picture could be enhanced to see his outlook inbox to see the senders and subjects of the emails that he has there.

Why isn't Bill Reading Slashdot? (1)

big dumb dog (876383) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075221)

I must have missed the part where he spends an hour or so reading news on Slashdot.

If I had any graphical design skills, I would Photoshop or GIMP the picture of him at his desk to make it look like he is reading Slashdot.

Ok. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075387)

Bill reading Slashdot [imagedemon.com]

Reading your comment, actually. On a Mac. ;)

News Filter (1)

4of12 (97621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075227)

If I were Bill Gates I'd enter My Name into my Google News customization search string, just as I do for My Corporation.

I'm not Bill Gates, nor as famous, so I wouldn't get any hits.

Outlook? (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075231)

Well, there we have it ladies & gentlemen; a golden opportunity awaits!

I propose a challenge for you 1337 coders; the first person to hack Mr Gate's inbox gets 20 and all the h4x0r respect I can muster.

Re:Outlook? (1, Offtopic)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075250)

Hmmm. The Euro symbol doesn't seem to display on /.

A bug maybe?

Testing:

Sort of Interesting but (2, Interesting)

jchawk (127686) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075235)

This was a quick and sort of interesting glimpse into how Bill Gates works but it felt like a pitch for Microsoft Share Point... I thought we were going to get a blow by blow account of Bill Gates from the time he gets out of bed until he goes to bed.

If I wanted a Share Point Ad, I'd return the calls from my M$ rep. :-P

Next year (3, Funny)

johansalk (818687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075246)

"Also, he works with three monitors and is looking forward to buying a digital whiteboard next year" - why next year? is he saving up for it?

Next year Microsoft will announce a breakthrough (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075252)

product, the MS digital drawing board, avaiable in white.

How he works? (1)

towsonu2003 (928663) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075259)

He watches our little tux from the siege towers while battles are being fought in different places in Middle-earth, including Gondor, Rohan and the Lonely Mountain.

We're much more alike than you think, Mr. Gates (1)

neersign (956437) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075260)

On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I'm reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen.

so he reads email and surfs the web...sounds like my job but with a bigger monitor...and bigger paycheck

Re:We're much more alike than you think, Mr. Gates (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075318)

so he reads email and surfs the web...sounds like my job but with a bigger monitor...and bigger paych

So you have the same pay/work ratio as him: infinity! You should put that on your resume.

Same thing he does every day. (1)

RandoX (828285) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075263)

Plot to take over the world.

You have to wonder.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075271)

why hasn't he bought the CleverNickName [slashdot.org] /. ID from Will Wheaton [wilwheaton.net] ? That way he can will always be modderated up to +5. And I'm sure Will could use the money to finance a movie or two.

Well from the article. (2, Interesting)

JollyFinn (267972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075273)

The guy is 100% manager these days. He has some filtering whitch decides whether his assistant will read it or him personally.
I think thats best for a guy like him. If hed get all emails that where send to him he would spend all time getting unimportant emails, now there is assistant who checks the filter which if there is some email he should get.
He has triple screens, but those screens aren't the 30" dells.
He has such huge amount of information to go through and manage that he needs to use some search application to keep it in order.

Screen Four (1)

wwwillem (253720) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075281)

The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I'm reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen.

I guess the laptop/tablet on the photo at the bottom is the domain of Clippy.....

Waiting for his whiteboard (1)

sinneb (894592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075295)

The whiteboards in some Microsoft offices have the ability to capture an image and send it up to the computer, almost like a huge Tablet PC. I don't have that right now, but probably I'll get a digital whiteboard in the next year.

Why does Bill Gates has to wait for his whiteboard? He does not only own the company, he is also the big boss *and* the richest man alive... Perhaps he's too lazy^D^D^D^D busy to pick up the phone and order one.

How boring, Bill! Let's hear the interesting stuff (5, Interesting)

gd23ka (324741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075320)

Instead of hearing about all the wonderful "Microsoft Technologies" he uses like a desktop that spans three
screens I guess the really interesting thing to hear from him is how he gets himself focused and disciplined, what's
his mental trick here. I know how to work an email client like the next guy but I'm still a miserable, disorganized,
unfocussed son of a bitch. That "part" of your workday is what is really interesting, Bill.

Desktop Search (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075332)

>> Another digital tool that has had a big effect on my productivity is desktop search. It has transformed the way I access information on my PC, on servers, and on the Internet.

Is that google desktop search ?

modp down (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15075360)

By BSDI who Sell

A few thoughts... (4, Insightful)

gregarican (694358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075363)

First of all how can the be the richest man in the world's office? Bill Lumberg's office was nicer than that! Geez, cheap basic apartment blinds, a cheesy plant, particle board desk, etc. Maybe that's an attempt to endear him as an average joe.

Second of all I wonder how much real direction Bill offers Microsoft nowadays. Or he is more of a figurehead? I would think a company with 50,000 employees and lots of entrenched middle/senior level management would be relatively self sustaining. Perhaps Bill just gives generic wish list contributions, like "It sure would be swell if people could collaborate on a project through a hosted website." And the underlings put flesh and bone to the task.

Third of all if he eats his own cooking, doesn't he get occasionally frustrated with the stability and security shortcomings of Windows? Granted XP is a lot more stable than the Windows 9x/ME branch of their product line, but security is still a concern. Even with SP2 in place. Perhaps his Internet access is going through multiple software firewalls, firewall appliances, etc. so he doesn't get hit by malware.

Forth, this really isn't a day in the life of Bill Gates, and is (as the article is entitled) how he gets his work done. I want to see him on MTV Cribs or the equivalent. Showing off all of his electronic bling. That would be cooler than this self serving advertisement.

Obviously (1)

MECC (8478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075367)


He gets others to work for him. That's why he's rich.

Then and Now. (0, Troll)

twitter (104583) | more than 8 years ago | (#15075373)

Then [monkeymethods.org] and Now [cnn.com] . Still not much paper, real tasks to do or any connection with the reality of daily work. It's amazing anyone would take this man's advice about doing anything but bossing people around. Forbes, once again, lives up to it's reputation of business school porn. You might as well read a playboy centerfold's essays.

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