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Re: Bill Gates To Be Knighted This Week
Posted by: Anonymous 2005-03-02 04:41:49
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The long awaited knighting of Bill Gates will be taking place this week. Reuters reported that Mr. Gates will be getting his knighthood, an honorary title as Mr. Gates is not a British subject, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday. Mr. Gates will be dubbed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Mr. Gates will be dubbed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Re: Bill Gates To Be Knighted This Week
Posted by: chadcoffman 2005-03-02 08:56:24 In reply to: Anonymous
Or Jack Straw may be referring to the fact that Microsoft, led by Bill Gates, took a concept, the GUI that Apple computer couldn't make more than a novelty, and turned it into way of viewing and understanding information that has transformed the way people communicate with each other and understand the information all around them, at work, and at home.
If you have any relevant arguments as to why Microsoft is not a pioneering company and why Bill Gates shouldn't be knighted, please edify us. If you want to jump on the bandwagon that likes to poke fun at Microsoft, perhaps you'd be better suited going talk to Rob Enderle or Peter Coffee to get some perspective. Microsoft is almost exculsively responsible for the pervasivenenss of computing in our world today, and this is not a trivial matter. The fact that modern day computing technologies are not perfect given their, relatively rapid, adoption is really of no surprise. Any technology in its infancy will have issues. (And if you doubt that operating systems are not in their infancy, check back in 20 years.)
Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, OS X, and Windows all have issues. Microsoft was the company that took a technology and stood behind it, bringing not only the GUI, but teams and teams of paid programmers into the picture, providing support and a unified entity to stand behind a product. Folks complain that Windows has no support, but try handing Aunt Jane a Linux box and see how quickly she gets answers to the questions she has.
Obviously there are some other perspectives. Being both a Mac and PC user and technician for many years, I think that if Steve Jobs was even half the leader Bill Gates is, Macs would be all over the world in large proportion, instead of PCs. And given Apple's track record for support, I think we'd all be in a lot worse shape.
Mr. Gates deserves everyone's respect, whether you have gripes with the company or not. With all the talk about alternative operating systems, no one has yet to make a serious challenge to Windows. That speaks volumes about the depth and breadth of the impact Bill Gates has had on our society.
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