20 years have gone since this internal memo, aimed at Microsoft Executives, in which Bill Gates himself talked about the “Internet Tidal Wave” and provided a strategic point of view for a MS-dominated ‘Net; the memo surfaced during the prolonged Justice Department antitrust action against Microsoft from 1998 to 2001 and is publicly available by clicking here.
It’s so well-written and contains so much forecasting that it’s awesome to read – even 20 years later.
Gates writes about current (1995) state of the PC world, CD-ROM dominance, MSN (and its impossibile-competition against the web…), why every PC will be connected in the future.
He talks about competition in the servers arena (Windows NT vs. Unix servers), about NetPCs (which went to nowhereLand…) and Netscape (a “newborn” competitor in the browser arena).
I think this is a truly awesome piece of history, besided whatever happened later, that we all should read and think about – at least for the next 20 years 😉
Back in 1995!
The world was raving for Friends sitcom and Windows 95 has just been released.
Someone thought it was a good idea to put Hollywood stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry in this video acting like themselves trying to meet Bill Gates in his office.
They miss Bill but get her assistant and meet Windows 95 world – and learn (and supposedly teach us) how to use ‘modern‘ computers along.
Well, it looks like it wasn’t a good idea and this video guide went too far but it’s still amazing and funny.
Although Windows 95 was actually a great leap for desktop OSes, this kind of ‘educational sitcom’ tried to attract (then) youngsters with popular stars – but failed in several ways.
A good attempt that doesn’t really teach Windows and, as far as I can recall, wasn’t so appealing to the intended audience.
By the way, check the VGA-sized monitor used to show Windows 95 features 😉 .
“A Lego Brickumentary”, in Theaters July 31st, 2015, with Jason Bateman as the narrating voice, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for!
Lego-addicts all around the world are eagerly awaiting this one and, for sure, this will “build” great consesus to our beloved Lego bricks.
The movie delves deep into the extraordinary impact of LEGO bricks and the innovative uses of it that has sprung up all over the world.
The narrative will take us to art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduce us to Master Builders making movies, into the world of LEGO therapy, and bring us along to meet AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO), each with amazing stories to tell.
Check the official trailer below:
How much am I in love with Legos? Well, this video comes from a 1980 Super 8 film I shot (I was 13 yo, back then):
The real letter that Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company’s 40th anniversary. The Verge reports:
Gates sent the following letter to Microsoft employees today to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
The letter was posted on Twitter by Amit Choudhary, and sources confirmed its authenticity to The Verge.
Just a few words from Gates’ words:
Today though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft’s future than its past. I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more.
It’s April Fool’s Day again!
Google turns its great Google Maps into a PacMan worldwide videogame.
You’ll be able to run the Pac-character on your own streets avoing Pinky and most other evil ghosts – yes, that’s right: using your own city map!
Update for mobile users! On Android devices, you’ll need to solve one of many riddles from a Google support page to find hidden Pac-Man pins at specific locations. Only then will you see a Pac-Man button that will allow you to play by swiping in different directions!