Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Feb 2010 22:55 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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Writing an interpreter is hard enough but even harder when you don't have access to the hardware. Bill Gates wrote most of BASIC for the Altair on paper and then tested it in an emulator that Allen created. It took a lot of work and was a huge gamble. Sure it wasn't like the Woz who put together a computer in his garage but it was impressive for the time.

You're right, but none of these people will ever acknowledge that anything Gates did was innovative, because they simply hate him to the core. They hate that he outmaneuvered them. They hate that Windows is the dominant desktop operating system. They hate that they can't give away Linux for free, and take market share. They hate that people charge money for software.

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