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Gates' Last Day At Microsoft

ScuttleMonkey posted about 6 years ago | from the keep-it-clean dept.

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mrogers writes "Today is Bill Gates' last day as a full-time employee of Microsoft. After 33 years at the company, the one-time richest man in the world will be retiring at 52 to spend more time guiding the charitable Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. What would you buy him as a retirement gift?"

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Ooh! Oooh! I know! (5, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | about 6 years ago | (#23973027)

What would you buy him as a retirement gift?"

A shiny, new laptop loaded with Vista, of course. He's earned it!

So... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973061)

When can we look forward to a day without Ballmer? That would truly be a day to celebrate.

Re:So... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973453)

But it's so much fun to watch him run Microsoft into the ground. Don't take that away!

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973275)

Or how about an XO laptop loaded with Vista? And a 2GB flash drive for ReadyBoost?

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973365)

I certainly hope you intend to buy him a model with at most 512MB of RAM. That would sweeten the deal considerably.

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973947)

Nah, get him a 1 gig model, and a cdrom installable copy of Office 2007 or whatever it's called :)

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973417)

why not one with OS X? That way he can get some work done at his foundation w/o having to stop and write email to MSFT execs about how badly their software sucks.

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (0, Redundant)

ninjapiratemonkey (968710) | about 6 years ago | (#23973487)

But does it run linux??

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (3, Funny)

Gat0r30y (957941) | about 6 years ago | (#23973583)

And a big bottle of scotch to drink - something nice, maybe a highland single malt number, that should ease the pain.

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (2, Funny)

rhyder128k (1051042) | about 6 years ago | (#23974161)

Nah! Get him a doll from One modelled on a "typical computer user". Then he can do what comes naturally, and... well basically continue what he's been doing all along to the typical computer user.

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23974193)

AIDS (anal) and cancer (long suffering painful type), that's what he deserves. hope his spastic wife gets some as well, just what does she see in billionaire Gates? I just can't fathom it out.

Re:Ooh! Oooh! I know! (5, Insightful)

stretch0611 (603238) | about 6 years ago | (#23974259)

What would you buy him as a retirement gift?"

Nothing. I have already given him enough money by paying for his OS when I want to run linux.

Obligatory: A Gold Watch ... (2, Funny)

xmas2003 (739875) | about 6 years ago | (#23973033)

... that runs Windows ...

Re:Obligatory: A Gold Watch ... (2, Informative)

bpfinn (557273) | about 6 years ago | (#23973407)

So, a gold one of these [] ?

Re:Obligatory: A Gold Watch ... (0, Troll)

Daimanta (1140543) | about 6 years ago | (#23973501)

"... that runs Windows ..." ... ME. Enjoy your watch, Bill!

Re:Obligatory: A Gold Watch ... (5, Funny)

XenoPhage (242134) | about 6 years ago | (#23973767)

"... that runs Windows ..." ... ME. Enjoy your watch, Bill!

Upgrade the pain! Make it run Vista... All the gore of WinME with the added pain of UAC!

"You are trying to check the time, Allow or Deny?"

Of course, you'd need to upgrade the graphics card and memory in the watch. Oh, let's not forget more storage space. And it'll probably need a faster processor. ... Maybe a sundial is easier...

Re:Obligatory: A Gold Watch ... (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | about 6 years ago | (#23974275)

Make it run Vista with Microsoft BOB as the desktop interface!! Ouch!!

Re:Obligatory: A Gold Watch ... (1)

liquidpele (663430) | about 6 years ago | (#23973863)

Oh I have one of those... with the Blue back right?

A Mac (5, Funny)

Dolohov (114209) | about 6 years ago | (#23973041)

(I mean, judging from Microsoft's product lines for the last twenty years, it's what he really wants...)

PC wants a Mac (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | about 6 years ago | (#23973435)

... judging from all those commercials in which he appears.

Re:A Mac (2, Insightful)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | about 6 years ago | (#23973507)

Actually, it's not a Mac he wants--it's Apple.

Retirement Gift (5, Insightful)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | about 6 years ago | (#23973045)

Blatantly a tux toy [] .

For all my *NIX & FOSS zealotry, I can't help but respect what he's brought to the world. His & MS's achievements have been broad and they've paved the way for multiple industries. Maybe I wouldn't be writing this on a Linux box if it wasn't for Windows :)

Re:Retirement Gift (1, Interesting)

The Warlock (701535) | about 6 years ago | (#23973331)

Your Linux box's GUI might look different but I doubt much else would change: Linux was inspired by Minix, GNU, and UNIX, not anything from Microsoft.

Re:Retirement Gift (3, Interesting)

Saedrael (880381) | about 6 years ago | (#23973383)

MS products provided the competition that Linux needed to advance.

Re:Retirement Gift (2, Interesting)

Keyslapper (852034) | about 6 years ago | (#23974157)

Yah, right.

In the form of backlash, maybe. If you do something poorly in this industry and try to rape your customers for the privilege, there are a thousand nerds out there that will find a way to do it better for less (or free).

The real contribution is in that constant teasing of "You can do this" (as soon as our product stops sucking ...). At least initially.

Eventually, when there was enough of a "footprint" of computers in common culture, it was guaranteed to get out of MS control.

The thing about Gates is he's more a business nerd than a software nerd - at least that's what he's better at. Sure, he probably got his fingers into the OS after he bought the original version of DOS, but trying to put computers on every business desk, and eventually every home rather than just focusing on the back rooms of banks and big businesses is what got everyday folks looking for the potential in these things.

The truth of the matter is that none of us real software nerds (flattering myself again) would ever have thought of writing a program that lets you track your finances, write documents and typeset them, create elaborate presentations, etc.. Sure, we'd have come up with some neat games, but without computers in every home, there would be a lot less creative pressure on that industry, and it wouldn't be quite so big as it currently is.

We'd probably just be breaking out of our fringe culture status, and a good number of us would have chosen far different paths for our professions.

Or am I giving him too much credit? Probably - Gods, I sound like a Gates fanboy - (as I write this on my Mac, developing on Linux. Gah!). He was really only out to make a buck and take over the world after all.

Re:Retirement Gift (2, Insightful)

clem (5683) | about 6 years ago | (#23974349)

And cheap commodity hardware. Ushering in the age of the desktop assured that.

Re:Retirement Gift (4, Interesting)

rishistar (662278) | about 6 years ago | (#23973773)

Linux also benefited greatly from the fact that MS became de facto on the cloned PC market. All the other major vendors an the time had an apple like hardware and OS that were sold together. As IBM never got an exclusivity deal on MS-DOS, clones could run it, and thanks to this 'standardisation' the price dropped on the hardware thanks to the benefits of competition on the same hardware. Without that low cost of hardware Linux would not have taken off, and its extremely unlikely that as many people would have computers, internet access and slashdot accounts with which to slag off Microsoft.

Re:Retirement Gift (1)

Braino420 (896819) | about 6 years ago | (#23974211)

You're assuming that no one else would have come along and done the exact same thing. Bill Gates just happened to be at the right place at the right time and knew the right people. Hell, it might even be better if Gates wasn't around because then proprietary software might not be so popular...

Re:Retirement Gift (1)

Mr_eX9 (800448) | about 6 years ago | (#23974035)

I believe he was referring to the fact that it was none other than Microsoft that pushed PCs into people's homes in the first place. No PC = no machine to post on Slashdot with (Linux or otherwise)

Re:Retirement Gift (1, Flamebait)

Hatta (162192) | about 6 years ago | (#23973375)

What has Bill Gates personally achieved? Note that personally ripping off the ideas of others is not an achievement.

Re:Retirement Gift (3, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 6 years ago | (#23973505)

Well lets see... Not much technologically but...

Managed to fool Altair to pay them for a non-existent software at that time. Managed to buy DOS and sell it to IBM, managed to get out of an anti-trust lawsuit, managed to recover from disasters such as MS Bob, ME, etc. Basically, Gates couldn't compete with code, so he competed with a business.

Re:Retirement Gift (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973627)

Amassing an enormous fortune?

What would I buy him? (1)

hostyle (773991) | about 6 years ago | (#23973069)

Double glazing, a tin of varnish and some brushes, and some efficient window security products.

Last day, huh? (5, Funny)

Foddz (1181575) | about 6 years ago | (#23973089)

Please tell me they're giving him the high tech 'security walk'!

Re:Last day, huh? (5, Funny)

azuredrake (1069906) | about 6 years ago | (#23973423)

Heh, this made me laugh. Can you see Gates being escorted out slowly by the HR head, all the young employees chanting "Dead Man Walking" as he goes by? That'd be truly bizarre.

Re:Last day, huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973857)

HA! Best post on /. in a long time. Thanks for the laugh!!

I would get him. . . (0)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | about 6 years ago | (#23973135)

Good programmers!

Re:I would get him. . . (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 6 years ago | (#23973571)

MS has good programmers. They have bad project leaders though. It is very hard to fix something that was broken code-wise such as Windows, even with the greatest programmers. Taking DOS which was bought, and advancing it to Windows and then NT while maintaining native compatability is very hard even with great coders.

Re:I would get him. . . (4, Informative)

rs79 (71822) | about 6 years ago | (#23973757)

"Taking DOS which was bought, and advancing it to Windows and then NT "

NT was a clean-room effort spearheaded by Dave Cutler who did Vax VMS; that's why NT sorta works.

Re:I would get him. . . (4, Funny)

Foofoobar (318279) | about 6 years ago | (#23973955)

MS has good programmers...

...unfortunately they don't let any of them touch the code.

640kb!!!! (5, Funny)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | about 6 years ago | (#23973147)

A 386SX with 640KB of memory.

Re:640kb!!!! (5, Funny)

brouski (827510) | about 6 years ago | (#23973229)

That should be all he'll ever need.

Oh wait, You don't mind me karma-whoring off you, do you?

Re:640kb!!!! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23974053)

Too bad you don't get karma off of funny mods eh?

Re:640kb!!!! (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | about 6 years ago | (#23973851)

Oh damn--you beat me to it. (Although I wasn't going to throw in the 386!)

A copy of Microsoft Bob [] (don't laugh--it's probably a collector's item now!), a Mac and a freshly burned copy of Ubuntu for when he gets fed up with using Vista.

many years of therapy (1)

fdisk3hs (513270) | about 6 years ago | (#23973161)

Many, many fscking years of therapy.

A handshake. (3, Insightful)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | about 6 years ago | (#23973225)

Without him, I am not sure that personal technology would have taken off, and it would only be at work that I could do things like waste time on the internet and argue with strangers.

bollocks of the first order, what you are saying. (0, Flamebait)

unity100 (970058) | about 6 years ago | (#23973547)


at the time while he was even contemplating starting this world of information technology, there was already computers, networking, emailing, operating systems (hint hint) and many more.

he just have been a successful (thats also questionable in many ways, if you get the backing from big boys like him, theres high chance that you can succeed too) entrepreneur, and if he wasnt there, today you'd be saying that about someone else.

Re:bollocks of the first order, what you are sayin (1)

freemywrld (821105) | about 6 years ago | (#23973941)

Oh, and get off his lawn!

Re:A handshake. (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 6 years ago | (#23973607)

But it would have. Remember, MS didn't create DOS, and Unix was before DOS. So rather then struggling with computers we might be able to use them.

Re:A handshake. (1, Insightful)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | about 6 years ago | (#23973921)

Gates helped provide one of the keys to commodity microcomputer platforms. That key was DOS. And while Microsoft didn't code it, they did make the deal that allowed them to license it to more than one hardware manufacturer. This helped give other players such as Compaq the compatibility target they needed once they were able to reverse engineer IBM's BIOS and develop their own machines. And thus the IBM clone and the beginnings of commodity hardware.

The point here is that Bill Gates WAS an important figure. He did some key things - and should get credit. But there's a limit to how much credit is due.

Re:A handshake. (0, Redundant)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | about 6 years ago | (#23973971)

Mac: January 1984
Windows 1.0: November 1985

vacuums are filled (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 6 years ago | (#23974271)

Without him, I am not sure that personal technology would have taken off,

No. Chances are that we'd simply have a different guy filling his shoes, or a different company filling Microsoft's.

For example, maybe we'd all be using Sun computers...

Re:A handshake. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23974305)

Without him, I am not sure that personal technology would have taken off

Of course it would have. The demand was there. If Bill was never born, someone else would have stepped up. In fact, plenty of his competitors were stepping up, but got stepped on instead.

He already has my love (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 6 years ago | (#23973233)

And that was all he ever really wanted or needed.

The ability to seperate himself truely from.. (4, Insightful)

gQuigs (913879) | about 6 years ago | (#23973243)

Microsoft and proprietary software. What is good for Microsoft and proprietary software conflicts with a lot of good charitable work.

Giving any poor organization the first copy of Microsoft software for no cost isn't going to help them in the long term.

To do this, he needs to get rid of his stake in Microsoft stock.

Re:The ability to seperate himself truely from.. (3, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | about 6 years ago | (#23973485)

What is good for Microsoft and proprietary software conflicts with a lot of good charitable work.

True. Although...

When I was a kid I used to dream of being rich and famous. As I get older the famous part gets more and more obvious as being a hassle, and the rich part gets more and more "evil"... money scraped off the backs of others and hoarded for a life of excess (well, also as I get older, mostly for hookers, blackjack, and blow).

Let's face it. There are no people who had amassed Gates' level of wealth by writing a bunch of checks and being nice people.

He did have a vision, and did contribute to some massively impressive things in computing, and got swept up in his business. A lifetime of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. Setting in motion the wheels of a kind of proprietary software golem. Point being, maybe he saw that bit of The Simpsons:

"How do you sleep at night?"
"On a pile of money surrounded by beautiful women."

Thing is, if you had that much wealth and power and you grew a conscience (or at the very least it got a hand free and escaped its bindings), how would you fix it? How would you stand to the side of your parents' graves and say, "I've made you proud, and the world is a better place for you having birthed me"?

He can't tear down Microsoft. It's a beast onto it's own. All that's left is to try and compensate for some of that evil elsewhere. Charity is a pretty good spot to recoup karma, IMHO. Certainly better than hookers, blackjack, and coke.

Re:The ability to seperate himself truely from.. (4, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 6 years ago | (#23974081)

Charity is a pretty good spot to recoup karma, IMHO. Certainly better than hookers, blackjack, and coke.

The "Charity" is a front. It makes for-profit investments and has pledged not to review its investments for their ethical acceptability. Everything you need to know about the Gates foundation can be summed up by their response to Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation [] , an LA Times investigative article (I know, I was as shocked as you must be) which tells the story of the Gates Foundation's investment in big oil that is killing people in the places in which they claim to try to be saving them. This is my favorite paragraph:

The Gates Foundation has poured $218 million into polio and measles immunization and research worldwide, including in the Niger Delta. At the same time that the foundation is funding inoculations to protect health, The Times found, it has invested $423 million in Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Total of France â" the companies responsible for most of the flares blanketing the delta with pollution, beyond anything permitted in the United States or Europe.

Now, keep in mind that the Gates Foundation is not restricted to making holding investments, they are allowed to make them for profit. The profit ostensibly goes right back into charity, right? But here's the issue. As of January 2007 (when the article was published) they'd spent nearly twice as much on sucking oil out of the region (killing people in the process) than on actually helping anyone! And let's not get into what percentage of that money spent is actually applied effectively...

Bill Gates is not interested in helping anyone. Remember how the idea of a presidential bid for Gates was floated in the media? That was not a mistake. It was a test. It did not go over well; millions of the best-connected people on the planet certainly spoke their mind on the issue on every public forum they could find. Now, he is sitting on top of one of the largest fortunes on the planet, in charge of doling out money both to the greedy companies raping the land, and to help people who are being harmed by them. If you follow the money, though, you can see where priorities lie.

Gates has placed himself in a position of power which makes his former position at the top of Microsoft look like the elementary school yard bully on top of the pitcher's mound winning a game of king of the hill, and this is not a cause for celebration. He is not there to do good deeds.

Re:The ability to seperate himself truely from.. (4, Insightful)

corbettw (214229) | about 6 years ago | (#23974191)

Bill Murray once observed, if you want to be rich and famous, try being rich first. See if that's enough.

A card (1)

bobcat7677 (561727) | about 6 years ago | (#23973245)

A card begging him to find someone more capable to run the company then Balmer. Someone who cares about software and customers.

Re:A card (2, Insightful)

choseph (1024971) | about 6 years ago | (#23973749)

A card begging him to not listen to advice given from people who use 'then' when they should use 'than'

Perfect present (5, Funny)

electricbern (1222632) | about 6 years ago | (#23973289)

An account on Slashdot. But no trolling, please.

Re:Perfect present (3, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | about 6 years ago | (#23973413)

An account on Slashdot. But no trolling, please.

It appears that he already has [] a few [] accounts here. []

Obviously (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | about 6 years ago | (#23973291)


Re:Obviously (1)

daveatneowindotnet (1309197) | about 6 years ago | (#23973415)

...and a note that says "See being locked into proprietary formats suck doesn't it!"

I got him a charitable donation (5, Funny)

amliebsch (724858) | about 6 years ago | (#23973305)

A donation has been made in his name to the Human Fund.

Re:I got him a charitable donation (2, Funny)

kiehlster (844523) | about 6 years ago | (#23973555)

Oh, even better, make a donation with the money you saved by not buying Vista.

Re:I got him a charitable donation (1)

Bodrius (191265) | about 6 years ago | (#23973915)

I had to google to find out why this was moderated as funny...

There is a real Human Fund [] ... so the suggestion seemed quite sensible at face value.

Oh ohh! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973307)

Bill Gates will ow demand that ALL charities use MS software or they will NOT get any financial aid from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. AND, you will give him ALL of your charity needs and requests or HE WILL give you less money if you go to other charities.

Now, the Steve Jobs Charity will give you exactly what you need and desire and in a sleek looking package. BUT, you have to wear a black turtle neck when applying.

Maybe a commodore amiga (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973373)

From the height of the era, with ALL the upgrades. So he can see how computing could have been. Before he killed it. :-((

Those of you praising Gates for "building whole industries" and such nonsense are obviously too young to remember the catastrophic Extinction Event that was Microsoft's rise. History is "written by the victors", but there's plenty of us oldsters still about who remember that brilliant era of computing diversity Before the Horror of Microsoft But A Bit After the Horror of IBM.

the #1 portable media player on the planet.. (2, Funny)

justindarc (1046048) | about 6 years ago | (#23973385)

a Zune!!

Re:the #1 portable media player on the planet.. (5, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 6 years ago | (#23974069)

Odd, looking at the brown Zune I could have sworn it was a number two.

Nothing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973409)

because he didn't really retire; he's still CEO of Microsoft.

Re:Nothing (2, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | about 6 years ago | (#23973811)

Steve Ballmer has been CEO since January 2000.

Re:Nothing (0, Redundant)

milgr (726027) | about 6 years ago | (#23973903)

He's the Chairman. Balmer is the CEO [] .

What a silly question (1)

A beautiful mind (821714) | about 6 years ago | (#23973475)

A UNIX manual, of course!

Re:What a silly question (3, Informative)

Alcoholic Synonymous (990318) | about 6 years ago | (#23974103)

A UNIX manual, of course!

Microsoft already knows UNIX. They were responsible for the most widely used variant of the 80s. They sold it off to be rebranded as SCO UNIX when they shifted focus to Windows NT.

Let me give you a bit of history: []

Possible Retirement Gifts (4, Insightful)

Eberlin (570874) | about 6 years ago | (#23973493)

  1. A gaming rig so he can keep pwning n00bs.
  2. an iPhone, a mac, and an iTunes account.
  3. some GOOG stock 'cause you gotta take care of that 401K SPECIALLY after retirement.
  4. A seat in the OLPC project's board of dudes that make's only a matter of time.
  5. Ubuntu...and by that I mean "humanity to others" -- actually, a wish of good luck as he concentrates more in philantrophy. As much as I (and c'mon, I can't be alone here) enjoy Microsoft bashing, I think the Gates foundation could (continue to) actually do a lot of good.

Gift Card (4, Funny)

PawNtheSandman (1238854) | about 6 years ago | (#23973589)

$25 gift card to Applebees.

Re:Gift Card (1)

kmsigel (306018) | about 6 years ago | (#23973815)

I'm not quite sure why, but this is the funniest idea yet. The cheapness of it. The thought of Gates in Applebees. The thought of him using a gift card. It just works all around. :)

A Gift Basket (1)

AioKits (1235070) | about 6 years ago | (#23973631)

Containing orange (or green) flip-flops, bermuda shorts, a shirt with either pineapples or tropical fish on it, some cheap sunglasses, a straw hat, some sun-screen nose rub (preferably blue) and a can of macadamia nuts.

So long (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973665)

and thanks for all the bloat.

What about... (1, Troll)

jrothwell97 (968062) | about 6 years ago | (#23973683)

...a stuffed toy penguin with a badge reading "Don't fear me"?

Re:What about... (4, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 6 years ago | (#23974243)

Better yet: a 30 foot tall armour plated robot penguin that launches high explosive packed herrings while shrieking "DON'T FEAR ME!!!!" through a 10,000 watt speaker system, programmed to seek and destroy.

Seems fair...

Credit where credit is due (3, Insightful)

Crane Style (1196643) | about 6 years ago | (#23973685)

I would get him a big hug. Without Gates, my parents and grandparents wouldn't be using computers for email today. It'd be a lot harder to live across the country where the fun jobs are without that...... I guess they might be using computers, but at least now they have an OS with built in sound drivers that work ;)

Re:Credit where credit is due (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23974093)

Wow.. that's a lame-ass comment.

OS/2, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, BeOS... these ALL have built-in sound drivers that work.

Windows XP has problems on many Dell laptops.. where the sound drivers are "forgotten" by the OS after a reboot and no longer work.

Windows Vista has a lot of hardware that just won't work with it at all.

And.. without Gates.. your parents and grandparents would probably be using Linux or OS/2.. either of which is more stable and more secure than Windows.

I know! (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | about 6 years ago | (#23973727)

I would buy him the rare opportunity to treat me to dinner. I'm freaking hungry. It's not like I could ever get him anything he couldn't or hasn't got for himself.

The *real* question is... (5, Funny)

information_retrieva (1058952) | about 6 years ago | (#23973805)

...did security walk him to the door after his exit interview?

Leaving party (2, Funny)

rishistar (662278) | about 6 years ago | (#23973807)

A Belgian anarchist style party....complete with custard pies! []

Thank you Bill (1)

ToasterTester (95180) | about 6 years ago | (#23973865)

Not matter what people want to think thanks to Microsoft products I've been able to find work since 1982 from development to IT. I also admire that you are one of the only mega rich who donates to charity out of your own pocket, not your companies and take credit for it. Enjoy the next phase of your life.

What I really want to know is... (2)

wandazulu (265281) | about 6 years ago | (#23973889)

...who helped him carry his boxes to the car. Steve? Ray?

Bill Gates last day video (4, Informative)

Aaron England (681534) | about 6 years ago | (#23973917)

Obligatory video [] from CES 2008 for those who haven't seen it. Here's to you Big Bill. Thank you for your sense of humor and your charity. And thank you for inspiring so many including myself to pursue a career in computers and technology.

A good swift kick in the bollox! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23973953)

The man and his company have done a lot to HOLD BACK the computerised world.. *NOT*, as some others seem to think, drive it forward.

Billy boy invented "vaporware" when he sold PC-DOS to IBM.. before it was Microsofts to sell.

They have been the most successful company ever when it comes to selling absolute crap and making sure people think it's awesome. Their marketing people managed to sell Windows 95, which was utter garbage. Everyone should have been switching to OS/2 because it was an infiniteliy better product from the ground up.
(There is still IBM code in Windows.. it's called OLE.. Object Linking and Embedding.. M$ licenses it from Big Blue... Big Blue's follow-up to OLE, called SOM .. System Object Modeling.. is far superior.. but you don't get to use it because you don't run OS/2, and it was never developed for other platforms.)

The list of superior technologies that were kept out of users' hands because of the professional liars (marketing people) that M$ hired to sell their garbageware, is enormous.

The number of companies who had great software that M$ kept from coming to market either by buying them out, or bullying them out of business with lawsuits and leveraging of their monopoly, is equally as large.

Now, in this day & age, where giving a pittance of your wealth away to charity makes people (mistakenly) think you're wonderful, Billy boy is off pretending to be running a charity.. when what he's really doing is more advertising for Microsoft.

If the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was meant to do anything that actually mattered.. Bill & Melinda would give away ALL they have beyond a few million dollars, which is all they would need for them and their children to live happily ever after. But.. they're only giving away their pocket change.. not anything that (relative to what they have) matters to them in the slightest. The whole point is to garner public sympathy for Microsoft.. by getting people to write to their congressmen saying, "but.. Bill Gates does wonderful things.. you should change the laws so M$ can do whatever they want.".. and to go out of their way to make sure they write that letter to their congressman on M$ software "because Billy is such a nice boy".. instead of writing it on a GOOD word-processor that's monopoly-free, coercion free, and vaporware free.

I'm proud to say Microsoft has never seen a single penny of my money. Even the copies (legitimate I might add) M$ software that I own.. were GIVEN to me, free of charge, through legitimate means.

Bill Gates deserves to get rochambeaux'ed about 10 times each by every citizen of this planet, then treated as a pariah!
He sure as hell doesn't deserve to be praised.

Gates lovefest (1, Funny)

corbettw (214229) | about 6 years ago | (#23974223)

Reading through the comments so far, it seems like /. is the middle of a lovefest for their one-time enemy, Bill Gatus of Borg. Come on, where are the FOSS zealots who will scream and yell and rave about what an evil person he is? Someone restore my faith in geekdom!

What a lame charity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23974233)

I wonder why Bill picked this charity of all things..

As a nerd, you would think he would fund a Mars mission or something right? Thats what I would do (aside from making the next great pyramid tomb)

Windoze ME (1, Funny)

joesucks (912938) | about 6 years ago | (#23974263)

windows ME ... it was absolutely the best piece of software ever written!

How about ... (1)

hurfy (735314) | about 6 years ago | (#23974285)

a nice shiny new PS3 to play with :)

(2nd choice was window blinds.....)

Reading top comments... (2, Funny)

mapkinase (958129) | about 6 years ago | (#23974325)

I blatantly do not have any awe or gratitude to that person expressed in top comments.

My work is entirely related to computers and without PC it would be more productive, because I would not spend so much time socializing, playing games, watching news, playing with novelties, feeling up needless forms and documents.

Restriction is good, freedom is bad. At least for me.

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