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Author: SoulTaker ()
Date: 2000-05-09 00:00:00

"No one, but NO ONE, deserves the kinda crap Gates puts up with on a daily basis. You might think so, but I am sure you have no idea what it's like to have millions of people hating you when you wake up every morning, so it's easy for you to assume that he deserves it all without wondering what kind of hell he has to put up with."

The simple reason why Bill Gates deserves all those hate pages is because he has ruined the happy lifes of millions of programmers, forcing them to cope with daily crashes, blue-screen-of-death errors, and unsolvable problems due to a bug in the OS itself. Bill Gates is the person ultimately responsible for Windows. He is the person ultimately responsible for the immense number of problems which countless programmers all over the world has to cope with on a daily basis. And he has been incredibly irresponsible by creating a OS which is so insanely buggy.
I think it's unfair to expect that all those programmers will just sit down and say "OK, I guess we'll just have to live with the fact that we'll always have some sick problems with Windows." Of course all those programmers will become incredibly pissed off, and of course they will voice their opinion. And that opinion has appeared in the form of hate pages.

"You might also be unsympathetic because you remember the crappy stuff HE has done, but when you put it in perspective, what, exactly, has he really done? Because he made somy buggy, crappy software, you HATE him? You think it's fair that others HATE him, because he made smart (albeit, not exactly morally right) businses decisions that other businesses would make in his shoes? He lived in a dog-eat-dog world, and I don't think it's really fair that us armchair critics sit here and bash this guy.

He may have made smart business decisions, if smart business desicions are defined as desicions that are not nessecarily morally correct, but are good for MS business. But one thing he has not done is to be responsible. A OS is the single piece of programming in a computer that HAS to work. And MS had the resources to create a good, functional OS. Yet they did not. Bill Gates preferred to create buggy, unfinished OS's instead.

And don't tell me it's not possible to create a working OS, with perfect multitasking capabilities, effective security and fast speed. Look at the IBM AS/400. IBM has listened to feedback from customers for years, in hard contrast to MS, where customer feedback doesn't really seem to have much effect of any kind. After years of hard work, IBM created a system which is close to perfection. MS, with a little good will and a lot of hard work, could have done the same to the PC. But Bill Gates decided not to.

"The fact of the matter is that you shouldn't HATE someone you have never met. For all you know, Bill Gates could be one of the nicest, caring people out there. He could be a really great guy. But all you know is what you percieve of him, and the same thing goes with the other Bill-bashers. But you still think that millions of people should hate him? Sheesh. I think it's easy to say that, as I said, without living in his shoes, without having his kind of money or power or responsibility to his employees and the economy in general. Even if he did do a lot of things that aren't morally correct, I don't hate someone I have never met, because you don't know what he's thinking. You don't even know the first thing about the guy. You just assume that he sits around all day planning out his next evil deed. At least, the Gates-bashers do, because they refure to acknowledge the other side of the coin, and the fact that they are just bitter."

I don't see the problem in hating someone I've never met. If that someone has created so many problems for me as Bill Gates has, if that someone has been so irresponsible as Bill Gates has, then I have every right to hate him.

Yes, it is easy hate him, and to criticize him, without, as you said, living in his shoes, without having his kind of money or power or responsibility to his employees and the economy in general.

But the fact is that Bill Gates had a very large responsibility. He was responsible for creating the OS that would become the next standard. And he just failed to create a OS that could be classified as "working".
True, I don't know what Bill Gates is thinking. I have never met him. But what I've seen of him is enough for me to think of him as a complete ass.

He has been irresponsible, he has created a lackluster OS, he has made life insanely problematic for millions of programmers in the world, and he has outrightly lied to a judge. Aren't that enough reasons to think bad of him?

SoulTaker

Is anyone really happy about the Microsoft breakup? - kwerkey - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-Garb! - Psycho Sam! - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-Re:Is anyone <I>really</I> happy about the Microsoft breakup? - rRaminrodt - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-breaking up the company won't solve much. - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-Well... - SM_007 - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
--Re:Well... - SoulTaker - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
---You missed the entire point. - SM_007 - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
----Umm... - SoulTaker - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
----so did you. - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
--heh, cool - rRaminrodt - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
---why do you hate the word geek? it is a good thing. Geeks run this world - Az Templar Of Evahl - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-Yes - BandWidth - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
--Um... - SM_007 - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
---They made Windows 98 - BandWidth - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
----which has been the most successful OS in history. Whats your point? - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
---Intellimice rule if you know where to get them. - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
----Wait a minute.... - BandWidth - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-----ken went to get the phone, so I alt+tabbed - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
------=] - BandWidth - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
----That's all well and good, but... - BandWidth - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-----Do you even know WHY they made the IntelliMouse? - SM_007 - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
------umm... - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-------Heh, whoopsie. I meant the Explorer, hehe. Though they ARE both good. - SM_007 - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
-----yes, but does your mouse have intellipoint or a wheel? I think not! - Tridus - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
------No, although I've never used those features when using a mouse that has them anyways. - BandWidth - 2000-05-09 00:00:00
--They're also unsexy. - RStefan01 - 2000-05-09 00:00:00