Some times early June, during an appearance on Larry King Live on CNN , Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates said that while he liked Apple’s iPad, it’s “not quite there yet.”
Huh? How’s that? Said Gates:
We’re all trying to get to something that you just love to take to a meeting and use and it is not quite there yet. You need to have input. You need to take notes and edit things. Microsoft and a bunch of other companies are working on getting that final, ultimate product. [...] It still isn’t the device that I’d take to a meeting because it has no input.
You may not be aware Gates has always argued about this. Although it is self-evident that the iPad does, in fact, have “input,” but Gates is making a point here, he has gone on record numerous times dismissing any tablet that doesn’t have one.
But hear what someone said: "A stylus is nice, but Gates’ real problem is he can’t get away from thinking about mice… to which the stylus plays touchscreen analogue. He’s still thinking in mouse icons and cursors… but if anything, the iPad has proven that, for a touchscreen device, the old mouse+keyboard dichotomy is irrelevant. A tablet is a computer you interact with through touch, not the metaphor of a mouse… which, in and of itself, is meant to represent a pointing finger on the screen.
Would it be great if the iPad had an optional stylus accessory? Absolutely. But his claims that tablets should be primarily driven by them are absolutely fogeyish".
But if you ask me, whether this device is made for consumer or for IT professionals, the fact is that what is worth doing at all is worth doing well. Bill gate has a point here.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
What kind of cars does Bill Gates have?, Before I give you an idea of the type of car that Bill gate uses,I want you to have an insight of his kind of home first:
"1.No visible electrical outlets anywhere.
2.112 steps from the main floor to the main entry.
3.Wood columns from main floor to roof in entry area are over 70 feet long.
4.All timbers used inside and out are finished the same - 3 inches have been removed from the exterior of the wood and then sanded to a satin finish and there are virtually no knots.
5.All bolts throughout the house are stainless steel and oriented the same direction.
6.All woodwork is flawless. Much of the woodwork is of various rare species from all over the world.
7.Some of the luxury interior passage doors weigh over 800 lbs, but are balanced for easy use
8.Acoustics are a concern throughout. Various woods and fabrics are used. Acoustic panels in the Ballroom move out of sight on their own.
9.Roofing is stainless steel.
10.Floor is heated everywhere including the driveway and walks.
11.Four car garage. House for the maintenance staff has its own 3-car garage. Nanny parks in the 6-car carport across from the main entry. An additional 10-cars can be parked in a subterranean arched concrete building which through an electronic transformation becomes a basketball court.
12.Many doors are blended so well with the walls that it is hard to see them, Great interior design & decoration
13.Theater (underground in a concrete shell) is the most state of the art theater in the world according to specialty contractor.
14.Entry gate senses when your car approaches and opens fully by the time you arrive.
15.Master bathtub can be filled to the right temperature and depth by Gates as he drives home from work.
Miles of communication cable, largely fiber optic, run throughout the house, linking computer servers powered by the Windows NT operating system. In each room, touch-sensitive pads control lighting, music, and climate. Visitors will wear small electronic pins, which will let the computers know who and where they are. Lights and other settings will adjust automatically. Floors throughout the house (and the driveway) are heated.
The Gates family's 11,500-square-foot inner sanctum is surprisingly modest, with four bedrooms and quarters for a nanny. A four-car garage is attached. The lower levels include a techno-playland family room and an exercise facility that is better appointed than many health clubs.
The southern half of the main building, this wing contains the main entrance (with grand staircase), theater, library, formal dining room, reception hall, and conference facilities. It includes only two bedrooms.
Waterfront: Approximately 500 feet
Square footage, all structures: More than 66,000 (equal to 1.5 acres)
Rooms: Seven bedrooms, 24 bathrooms (includes 10 full baths), six kitchens, six fireplaces
Style: Pacific Northwest lodge
Architects: James Cutler and Peter Bohlin
Interior designer: Thierry W. Despont
Primary contractor: Sellen Construction
The hillside is in an earthquake zone, so the foundation sits on concrete piers and uses tiebacks and steel reinforcements several times stronger than the minimums set by the building code. Massive retaining walls, several feet thick in places, created a drainage problem, solved by collecting runoff in buried pipes that feed into the estuary.
Primarily timber frame. Half a million board feet of lumber was used. Support beams were salvaged from a Weyerhaeuser mill on the Columbia River, refinished, and sanded to a satin glow. The timbers are joined with stainless-steel fittings, which have been flame-bronzed and anodized, for a rustic look. All connecting bolts (also stainless steel) point in the same direction.
Over the past decade, Bill Gates has quietly bought up 11 properties, including nine houses, that surround his 5-acre Medina estate, creating a buffer zone that is increasingly turning a small hillside neighborhood into a private holding of the richest man on earth".
Bill Gstes the founder of Microsoft is also a smart businessman even in Housing & Properties.
Now the big deal: check out Bill Gates Car
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