Friday, February 02, 2007

Is Bill Gates delusional?

I think Gates believed what he said in this Newsweek article.

Daring Fireball: Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Gates

... Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine. So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise ...

The best guess of Daring Fireball and others is that Gates was referring to the ‘month of apple bugs’. He was widly inaccurate, and it wasn’t the only whopper in his Newsweek interview.

Gates was brilliant once. If, as I suspect, he believed what he said, he’s either deluded or demented. It’s an unsettling state for a very powerful individual.

Now I believe Gates’ days at Microsoft are really over. I don’t think Balmer has far to go either. The future of the world’s computing monopoly will belong to someone else …

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