Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

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Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby jheaton5 » 2010-02-17 17:15

Gates -- a father of the personal computer and quite the tech powerhouse -- said one of the brightest hopes for clean, cheap power is a new form of nuclear power plant that reuses waste uranium from existing nuclear reactors.

I don't think so.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby saulgoode » 2010-02-17 17:36

If I were to single out one person above all others as the "father of the personal computer", it would be Chuck Peddle.

I like this historical anecdote:
Chuck naturally turned to Micro-Soft and worked with one of their new hires, Rick Wyland, to develop a version of BASIC that could be built into hardware called a ROM (Read Only Memory). Even though this version would be difficult to steal Gates was not happy because he was sure Chuck's concept was not going to be successful. Chuck tells of a 1976 trip to Microsoft's small office, the in Albuquerque. Gates had told Wyland to "...just get rid of it... he thought is was a waist of time..." Chuck's explains "Gates was not a visionary..." and the quickly follows up with a respectful "...Hell, who is at 20 years old?". As a result, Chuck made a deal that would become legend: at that meeting, he negotiated a stunning unlimited usage, perpetual licence for MS BASIC on ROM for any 6502 based Commodore computer. Out of respect for Bill Gates, Chuck does not want the stunningly low price published, but we can say that over the 20 years Commodore used that licence, it cost them less than a penny per machine. As part of that deal Commodore could enhance Microsoft's BASIC as long as they gave the updates to Microsoft.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby Bulkley » 2010-02-17 17:42

Gates -- a father of the personal computer . . .

Now, there's myth making for you. :lol:
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby JohnDeere630 » 2010-02-17 20:12

He very well could be....he has been screwing computer users for a good many years.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby sir fer » 2010-02-17 20:36

Calling Bill Gates the father of anything in the tech field is a pretty heavy insult to those who were * actually* responsible for the advances in tech. His father is the most successful corporate lawyer in US history so I'm sure he was giving young Bill plenty of tips, but I'm sure none of them had to do with coding or implementation...

Sometimes I feel like I'm living in Stalinist Russia with their propensity to re-write history when it became convenient.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby LA » 2010-02-17 20:42

Fathering things .... of Bill Gates I have no doubt ...... just not the PC though.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby dilberts_left_nut » 2010-02-17 20:43

More like the creepy uncle ....
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby BowCatShot » 2010-02-18 13:48

Bulkley wrote:
Gates -- a father of the personal computer . . .

Now, there's myth making for you. :lol:


Yeah, and Al (Owl) Gore invented the internet. Typical liberals thinking saying it's so makes it so.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby smallchange » 2010-02-18 14:35

BowCatShot wrote:
Bulkley wrote:
Gates -- a father of the personal computer . . .

Now, there's myth making for you. :lol:


Yeah, and Al (Owl) Gore invented the internet. Typical liberals thinking saying it's so makes it so.


Worse than that. If you convince enough people of it, it may as well be true.
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby drokmed » 2010-03-11 21:03

LOL Bill Gates was IBM's 2ND choice. He got lucky.

As I recall, when IBM invented the PC, their first choice for somebody to make DOS was DIGITAL RESEARCH. However, at the time, IBM couldn't get in contact with the DR President because he was on his yacht, enjoying an extended vacation.

IBM finally got tired of waiting on DR, and grudgingly called Billie Boy...

If you ever want to know what really happened back then, such as Billie was disliked even in college, read the book "Hackers":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackers_He ... Revolution
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby dbbolton » 2010-03-12 02:45

Additional opinion about another operating system.
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Postby llivv » 2010-03-12 09:30

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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby stauntonel » 2010-03-12 13:31

Well if he's the father is wife would be called: Ada lovelace http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Founder+of+Scientific+Computing
Seems like our wizkid likes older ladies? :D
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby Kerr » 2010-03-12 21:09

Regardless of what you may be thinking of Bill Gates.
By selling MS-DOS to IBM clones(and thus stabbing IBM in the back) he freed the hardware market.
And thuds prevented a Hardware/software vendor lock-in liike Apple(or Amiga, Atari for those who remeber other computers).
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Re: Bill Gates, the father of the PC?

Postby canci » 2010-03-12 21:33

No! The PC is a legitimate child of Debra Lynn and Ian Murdock! Everybody knows that!
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