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    Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admit… as we start another year – this company has dramatically changed computing. Microsoft was founded on April
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2550197

      I don’t know if it is what he set out to do, but I believe Bill Gates has established the gold standard for what an enormously wealthy person (one of the richest people in the world) should do with his life and his wealth, spreading it around to very worthy causes and applying it to where it can do the most good. Whether it is carbon capture technology, or new forms of clean energy production, or medical research, or any other function he has applied his wealth to assisting, he has made a point of putting it all to good use for the planet and its inhabitants. Plus he already made humans vastly more connected and productive with the software for the personal computer and other digital computing devices. He is an American treasure IMHO.


    • #2550209

      Bill Gates is not now and hasn’t been running Microsoft for many years.  You can speak well of Bill Gates but that has nothing to do with Microsoft anymore.  Just my opinion.

      Being 20 something in the 70's was much more fun than being 70 something in the 20's.
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      • #2550226

        Bill Gates left Microsoft 15 years ago; he ran the company in one capacity or another for 33 years. I don’t think my comment was irrelevant to the topic, which mentions 48 years since Microsoft’s founding. He ran it for two-thirds of that time. So I think my comment is applicable to the topic.


    • #2550212

      The original Microsoft –


      Being 20 something in the 70's was much more fun than being 70 something in the 20's.
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    • #2550424

      I don’t want to get banned for politics or medical stuff but this has been eating at me for over a day and I have to get it off my chest. IMHO Gates is a no good POS. Yes, he brought computers to the masses (didn’t I read once that he stole it?). Everything he’s done sickens me. If I’m banned so be it!

      Let the flame wars begin!

      Never Say Never

      • #2550427

        Remember this post is not about Bill Gates but the company of Microsoft.

        We don’t do flame wars, we do adult discussions here, thank you very much.  “Everything he’s done” is a bit overbroad for anyone.  Any life has good and bad parts.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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        • #2550428

          “Everything he’s done” is a bit overbroad for anyone

          Point taken. I agree.

          Never Say Never

          • #2552576

            I would say he should do more to ameliorate our worst problem: over population.
            Give use birth control for the masses!!


            Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #2550581

      I’m a retired CPA. This brings back many memories from the days I started as a tax preparer in the early 1980’s. Back then, we filled out the tax forms by hand and the secretaries typed up the final return. It was an amazing event, when the first portable computers arrived to be used at the client’s location for audit work. They were the size of a sewing machine and heavy. The women on the audit team liked to carry them to prove their strength. The MS-DOS operating system had to be loaded off a disk at startup and the screen was only 6 inches square. The audit partner laughed at me when I wondered if someday the screen would be in color, instead of green on black.

    • #2550825

      Yes, he brought computers to the masses (didn’t I read once that he stole it?).

      If memory serves me, Bill Gates was asked by IBM to create an operating system for their new line of personal PC’s.  Gates wrote the software which was called IBM DOS.  Gates and crew at that time were not in the business of making or selling computers, only software.

      “A deal with IBM allowed Microsoft to have control of its own QDOS derivative, MS-DOS, and through aggressive marketing of the operating system to manufacturers of IBM-PC clones Microsoft rose from a small player to one of the major software vendors in the home computer industry.”  –  This part from Wikipedia via Google.

      Being 20 something in the 70's was much more fun than being 70 something in the 20's.
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      • #2550830

        I remember back in 1990 when I was working in the administrative services department of one of the country’s largest state university system’s medical schools, and my supervisor brought me a set of 3.5 inch 1.44 mb floppy disks containing the MS-DOS 4.01 operating system and a companion software called Microsoft Shell (MS-DOS Shell). She wanted me to install it on all the PC’s in our office, including hers and mine (half a dozen or so machines), replacing the OS on all those PC’s, which at the time was some version of IBM-DOS (maybe 3.6?). I asked if she was certain all the software programs we were using on those machines would work fine with this new OS. She said: “Well both operating systems were written by the same guys, so they should be fine; but we’ll soon find out.” It worked fine, as I think she knew it would. The shell feature was I think an early version of Windows. It had a start menu and something like a taskbar with a file menu so that you could launch software programs from the shell instead of having to type the name of the executable file on a blank screen.


    • #2551954

      Msft has done some good stuff over the years, but ever since Windows 8 things have been going downhill IMO.

      I use to have two linux PCs and 8 windows boxes…

      These days I have 8 linux PCs and 1 windows vm

      I have a feeling I will not be a Win11 user at all

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    • #2552088

      I remember when a new Windows release meant something. It was exciting and most embraced the new version. But I think anything beyond Windows 7 has been less than a feeling of progress. Especially releases such as Windows 8. It’s more a feeling of mundane forced improvements or sometimes regressions that don’t make much in the way of excitement. It’s Windows with a coat of new paint, maybe you hate the color, like it or just tolerate it. Given that Windows 10 was supposed to be the last release version except now we have Windows 11 and potentially 12 the ideal of a static version is now dead. Do we even care anymore what version we use?

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      • #2552106

        I agree with you John, however, I have heard many users of Win 8.1 say they consider it the most stable version of Windows.  They also usually admit that they must modify the GUI back to something better like Win 7.

        Being 20 something in the 70's was much more fun than being 70 something in the 20's.
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      • #2552120

        I concur John, although Win8.1 with a 3rd party GUI can be as good as Win7 as @charlie has pointed out, and with some further tweaks/ scripts, a good balance can be achieved.
        Since 29th July 2015 and W10, it’s been a journey of microsoft inconvenience.
        I’m not overly excited about new versions these days unlike the introduction of Windows 2000 back in 1999 then Windows XP where they WERE good Operating Systems.

        No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created IT- AE
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