tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< April 2014 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Bill Gates was 30 years old

Here is a great interview with Bill Gates in 1986. He was 30 years old then. Microsoft was making software for personal computer, still a fairly small company and somewhat of a rebel compare to big corporate computer makers.

Bill Gates has talked at length about developing quality computer software and how a great team works. Many ideas are still relevant today. He was also very enthusiastic on the nascent CD ROM technology. Some of the cool application in his mind is like be able to look at a map of the United States, point somewhere, click, zoom in and say, “Hey, what hotels are around here?" He envision CD ROM will enable computer in competition with newspapers, books, and TV. "Every disk will have interactive games on it", the interactive nature of the device really excited him.

Windows 1.0 Windows 1.0

In the world of smartphone and tablet full capable of video and all kinds of applications, we have to step back to remind ourselves how the world was like in 1986. Windows 1.0 was a novelty then (Macintosh was released 2 years eariler). Personal computer was by and large just text based word processing and spreadsheet applications. Just seeing a picture on a computer will excite people. Computer video is probably not on anyone's horizon.

CD ROM did not turn out to take a prominent role in the history of computer development. Yet Bill Gates' vision of interactive, multimedia applications in the hand of everyone is realized and become part of our daily life today. It is really great to have a conversation back in time to see how far we have come.

2014.04.03 comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

UK's May to face leadership challenge (12 Dec 2018)

 

Strasbourg shooting: France hunts gunman as alert level raised (12 Dec 2018)

 

Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive (12 Dec 2018)

 

Trump bickers with top Democrats over border wall funding (12 Dec 2018)

 

Poland climate summit protest limits anger young activists (12 Dec 2018)

 

'Meghan Markle' most googled person in UK in 2018 (12 Dec 2018)

 

Sarah Mardini: 'I am not a people smuggler’ (12 Dec 2018)

 

Fears over sensitive US military data in commercial cloud (12 Dec 2018)

 

Michael Kovrig: Canadian ex-diplomat 'held in China' (12 Dec 2018)

 

Climate change: Arctic reindeer numbers crash by half (12 Dec 2018)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Huawei executive’s lawyers fight for bail ahead of extradition decision (10 Dec 2018)

 

Tesla’s Elon Musk on ‘60 Minutes’: ‘I do not respect’ the SEC (10 Dec 2018)

 

Amazon’s homegrown chips threaten Intel (10 Dec 2018)

 

Chinese court says Apple infringed on Qualcomm patents (10 Dec 2018)

 

Wells Fargo tops government report on fees paid by students (10 Dec 2018)

 

Ship traffic, December 11 (10 Dec 2018)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2018-Dec-12 00:00