In defence of Bill Gates

Donald Brook wrote a piece on why he hated Bill Gates and posted at the Australian BC unleashed website. Mostly it was a complaint about technology and not so much about Bill Gates in particular. 

Billibaldi :

18 Nov 2008 2:29:16pm

With the convergence in electronics going the way it is, I would suspect that your next computer could be your mobile phone connected to your TV (and keyboard for convenience.) This more or less what Larry Ellison predicted about eight years ago.

In my household, hardware failure has overtaken software failure for downtime. 

I do have to defend Mr William Gates III because he forced a standard on the world for better or worse. This single standard has allowed computing to be accessible to the masses because it allowed economies of scale.

  • BlackMagic :

    18 Nov 2008 7:39:48pm

    ‘I do have to defend Mr William Gates III because he forced a standard on the world’

    What standard was that? I’ve been in IT for more than 45 years and I can’t think of any standard that Microsoft has given the world. If you’re suggesting that Microsoft standardised the PC you don’t know your computer history. IBM standardised the PC in 1981 when it announce the first Personal Computer.

    When IBM was looking for an off-the-shelf operating system for the first PC, MS-DOS wasn’t the first choice for IBM. DR-DOS was chosen, but Dr Gary Kildall, owner of DR-DOS, was uncooperative and IBM turned to Microsoft. 

    Microsoft didn’t have an operating system as it was a computer languages company at the time, but it quickly bought an operating system from a company called Seattle Computer Products for $50,000. A programmer named Tim Paterson wrote the operating system. A dispute between Microsoft and Seattle Computer Products over the operating system was settled in 1986 when Microsoft paid Seattle an additional $950,000.

    As for Microsoft giving the world standards of any kind, that has never happened. All Microsoft software is proprietary and Microsoft refuses to release any details of how its products work, except under some very limited licenses that are also expensive to acquire.


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