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.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
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