Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Better luck next year, Bill

For just the second time since 1995, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates has lost the title of World’s Richest Human.  Gates drops to #2, as Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu lands in the top spot with a net worth of $53.5 billion. More from Forbes here.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Why bad predictions fail

Okay, we’ve all had our laugh at Clifford Stoll’s expense, heck the guy came out of the woodwork to admit what a bonehead he was when he made it. But people make terrible predictions all the time.

I never said,"640K of memory should be enough for anybody."No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time. I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that.

Look at Bill Gates. Great card player, can bluff with the best of them, but he’s made some howlers about the future of tech, and still makes them to this day,  yet people always forget or let him off the hook because … well, he’s Bill Gates. And then there’s Robert X. Cringely. His last year blogging for PBS, he made some spectacular whoppers, in fact, his last year was his worst year, yet. So, he’s pretty much laid off the predictions and concentrated on trying to make money from the interwebs, somehow. Slate.com covers the Clifford Stoll ballyhoo and delves deeper on why experts always go askew when trying to guess the future of tech. I blame Jules Verne, myself. Reading him as a kid, he made me believe one could build a rocketship in one’s backyard and blastoff to the moon. As it is, Jules Verne proved to be one of the true visionairies who got it right.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Gates down under

Way down under.  As in Antarctica. Our favorite ex-Chief Software Architect is on vaca, and decided to Tweet his Peeps. (Is that expression too much hipster doofus slang?)


Monday, January 25, 2010

Gates on with Jon Stewart tonight

And maybe this time, the Maestro of Microsoft will actually stick around awhile longer.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

@Billgates


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Look who’s on Twitter