With Bill Gates no longer sitting atop Microsoft as a fulltime employee, I will eventually write about my near 20-year association covering him and Microsoft. But until I get the time to do it justice, you’ll just have to enjoy the videos that celebrate his farewell town meeting at Microsoft on Friday. Here’s a link to 20 videos covering the pre-Microsoft days, Bill as a kid and college student and the early days of programming in Microsoft BASIC. And all the tech sites such News.com and eWeek (formerly PC Week) where I spent 16 years as editor and news editor. As self-serving as the videos are, I thoroughly enjoyed the 15-minute on the history of Microsoft. And the Seattle PI has an audio clip of the last two minutes of his goodbye where by all accounts, he fought back the tears (Bill does have a heart!). And News.com dug through it’s video archive put up a collection lot of Bill clips on a web page.
As engineers, you’ll be sure to enjoy watching these.
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