Bill Gates: It's a Wonderful Life

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2008-06-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What the world would have been like if Gates had never been born.

Meet Bill.

At first glance, Bill appears to be an ordinary man. But he is anything but ordinary.

In his time, Bill helped spur the PC revolution that has changed how people work and live. And he built one of the most powerful and influential companies that the world has ever seen.

But today is the day that Bill is stepping down from day-to-day activities at the company that he built, and he can't help but feel sad.

"What have I really accomplished?" thinks Bill, sitting in his plush office. "Sure, there's the obscene amount of money I've made. And the power and influence I've gained over countries and markets. And, of course, the many competitors that were crushed.

"But, still, lots of people make fun of or even actively dislike our products. All the cool kids want to use the stuff from that guy Steve's fruity company. And those darn open-source guys are giving away software that we could be making millions selling."

With a heavy sigh, Bill says out loud, "You know, sometimes I wish I had never been born."



 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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