I played tennis with Bill Gates today

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  1. richw76

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    It was too late by the time OS2 came out. All the Fortune 500 Companies had already purchased Millions in hardware and sent at least the same amount in training employees to use Dos and Lotus 123/Word Perfect.

    He's smart and IBM was stupid. For the last 200 years it was demonstrated that you can make WAY more money owning intellectual property than making the medium.

    Publishers make much more money than book binders or paper mills. Song writers make more than performers, etc

    IBM was used to selling Million dollar mainframes to fortune 100 companies that also required hundreds of thousands in support and professional services so the software was basically included.

    They thought stand alone pcs were a niche. By the time they realized the potential they missed the bus.

    Although I'm more an apple/Unix guy I would tell Bill I love Windows7 :)
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Bill and Melinda have a home close to the resort here that I sometimes play at. They have been spotted at the resort (it is ranked the #1 tennis resort in the US).
     
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  3. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    Explorer is the most secure browser.
     
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  4. sureshs

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    Did Bill Gates get a security update/patch during each changeover from a tour trainer?

    Did he suddenly freeze in the middle of a point and require the match to be restarted?
     
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  5. vbranis

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    I'm actually originally from Romania but have been living in the PS area for about 7 years. Out of the 12-13 guys on the team, only 1 is American, the rest are mostly from Brazil and Chile.

    Carl Schroeder is now the coach, I think Guy Fritz was before him back in the 90s.
     
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    Guy Fritz, that was him. Hung out with him and a few of his players once after the regional playoffs in So Cal. I don't think there was one American on his team that year. Good times...
     
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  7. Sentinel

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    LOL !!!!!:)
     
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    If you wanna ask for Vista refund, you need to ask Steve Ballmer.
    Ask Gates for Windows ME refund instead.
     
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    Ballmer participates only in chair throwing contests, not tennis.
     
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  10. sureshs

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    Did you ask Bill to throw away his Windows Mobile phone and get an iPhone or Android phone instead?
     
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  11. sureshs

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    Maybe he has not yet installed the latest upgrade
     
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  12. Sentinel

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    LOL !

    I think they call it Service Pack, or used to 10-15 years back.
     
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    Internet Explorer is the biggest P.O.S. ever created by mankind. The only reason most people use it is because it comes pre-loaded with Windows on almost all PC's sold. Microsoft used their Windows monopoly power to push aside a far superior browser in Netscape.

    It sometimes takes 20 times longer to load a webpage in IE than it does in a Mozilla-based browser. There's no comparison. There are browsers that operate in light speed, and then there's IE, which is like The Day the Earth Stood Still. :???:
     
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    One of my favorite movies.
     
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  15. sureshs

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    SP was when they used to release big chunks. Those happen today too. But now the high-speed networks allow them to push out many minor updates on a regular basis. They usually refer to KB (Knowledge Base) numbers for the patches. Many of them are due to security holes.
     
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  16. sureshs

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    Maybe, but in the end user experience is what counts. I have seen so many people who claim to love alternate browsers, but they complain that certain websites work properly only on IE. Of course, it is easy to blame the sites, but they will cater to the most common browser first. Same with Linux. No one can agree on one user experience, and many peripherals don't work with it. You can blame the lack of drivers, but same issue.

    Or take MS Office. I used to use OpenOffice (the free one) at home. Then my son started getting word processing assignments from school. He automatically started preferring MS Works (the free bundled one) and said it is much better than OpenOffice. He was too young to know about MS and Bill Gates and open source.

    It is in the mobile world that Unix-based systems like iPhone and Android have started dominating over Windows Mobile. It doesn't bode well for MS.
     
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    I don't think I'd agree with u, suresh, on the IE running most sites thing. There are established standards or tests for all browsers. I think it was last year or so. IE was certainly not on top. It was an alt browser such as Opera, FF ...

    From what i know, IE's lost a huge market to FF, and now i hear Chrome is taking over.

    OO -- i agree -- but there, since the formats are in MS's hands so its near impossible for alternatives to keep up. I used Star Office many years back (2003-4), and my office formats would never come out right. I would have to borrow a MS machine to fill a document (I was on Linux then).
     
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  18. JoshDragon

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    I would have been happier to hit with Woodforde than Gates. Still, that's a good story.
     
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    Bill Gates

    Vbranis...are you there? I'd like to talk to you right away. Very important!
     
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    Which Club?
     
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    Chrome supposedly is the most widely used browser now. It is also my favorite. Fast and simple, just like Google.
     
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    It Looks like one of his kids strung his Prince EX03 Black:

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    uh oh.....
     
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    hi whats mark woodforde like? notice anything about him?
     
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