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Bill Gates: The Robber Baron of Computerdome

Most of us by now have heard that Bill Gates has “retired” to devote the rest of his life to giving our money away.

Did I say “our” money. Yes, you could call it robbery when you consider how he abused his monopoly to sell us crapware and illegally squeeze out the competition.

Saint Bill the Philanthropist. It has a nice ring to it don’t you think (rhetorical). Sounds like the making of a great sequel to the Da Vinci Code.

In light of this news I suppose Scoble’s departure from Microsoft doesn’t seem all that surprising either .. does it. (Also rhetorical.)

Gates’ exit makes sense considering the handwriting is on the wall with Apple’s dominance, open source software eating away market share, and Google’s rising star nipping at Microsoft’s heels.

Better to leave while you’re still on top. Take the money and run, and when it all goes down you can blame it on the new management.

Whilst Bill heads off into the sunset to whitewash the history books with his golden pension, you may have heard some of the accolades about what a great guy Billy Boy is.

Blah, blah, blah. It’s enough to make you ill.

So I thought you might like to hear a different version from someone in the know, who like myself has had his own share of ‘experiences’ with Bill.

I think you will find his post illuminating as well as hilarious, and a fitting testament to the man who I have so fondly referred to as the anti-christ of the computer industry:

“Bill Gates is “retiring?” Thank God. The Robber Baron of Cyberspace is finally stepping down. Having lined his pockets by emptying ours, and forcing us to buy bad code to build his empire, Gates apparently feels he has “enough” of our money to devote himself to “charity.” A word of warning to “charity:” Be careful. Beware of Bill Gates.”

You can read the rest of Bill’s larceny at Andy Martin’s site ‘Contrarian Commentary’. I couldn’t have said it better myself Andy and thanks for reminding me.

Young Bill GatesIt never ceases to amaze me how many people really hate this guy. When I recall my own horror stories of Bill (my first computer job was one his earliest victims), apparently I will have to wait in line behind a long and distinguished list of Gates’ casualties.

I even hear that Steve Jobs is planning a wake in honor of his ole bud Bill. And so adieu Billy … spend it wisely and “good riddance” indeed.

Just remember, you can’t buy your way into heaven and you can’t take it with you either. Just saying.

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Written June 28th, 2006 by | 1 Comment | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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