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By James Wallace, Jim Erickson

The real tale in the back of the increase of a tyrannical genius, how he reworked an undefined, and why everyone seems to be out to get him.

In this attention-grabbing exposé, investigative journalists hint the highly profitable profession of Microsoft founder invoice Gates. half entrepreneur, half enfant bad, Gates has develop into the main robust — and feared — participant within the machine undefined, and arguably the richest guy in the USA. In harddisk, investigative newshounds Wallace and Erickson persist with Gates from his days as an unkempt thirteen-year-old machine hacker to his present-day prestige as a ruthless billionaire CEO. greater than easily a "revenge of the nerds" tale notwithstanding, it is a balanced research of a enterprise triumph, and a stunningly pushed character. The authors have spoken to all people who understands whatever approximately invoice Gates and Microsoft — from early life pals to staff and enterprise opponents who display the heights, and bounds, of his wizardry. From Gates's singular accomplishments to his both amazing brattiness, vanity, and hostility (the surroundings is so extreme at Microsoft that stressed-out programmers were recognized to ease the stress in their eighty-hour workweeks via exploding selfmade bombs), this can be a uniquely revealing glimpse of the person that has emerged because the undisputed king of a notoriously brutal undefined.

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Frustrated programmers at C-Cubed eventually figured out what Gates was doing wrong. " The string of characters he was typing, "Old program name is Bill," was too long for the machine, an anomaly that caused it to crash. It was an exhilarating feeling for Gates, knowing he could single-handedly bring down the huge computer by typing a string of letters. He soon learned, however, just how easy it was to crash the PDP-10. 28 THE EARLY YEARS The software that Digital Equipment Corporation supplied with its PDP-10 was "flaky" at best.

He had a sense of humor and adventure. He was a risk taker, a guy who liked to have ftm andwho was fun to be with. He hadanimmense range of knowledge and interests and could talk at length on any number of subjects. "Anyone who remembers him as a nerdy person either didn't deal with him closely or is remembering wrong," said friend Paul Carlson, whose passion was politics, not computers. When he was 16, Gates bought a new, red 1970 Mustang that he and his friends would use to cut afternoon classes and go joy riding.

They hired a Boeing engineer to help with the hardware design. Gates came up with $360, and he and Allen purchased one of Intel's new 8008 microprocessor chips, one of the first of the chips sold through a distributor anywhere in the country. They connected a 16-channel paper tape reader to their "computer," and fed traffic-counter tapes directly into the machine. It was not nearly as capable as the microcomputers that would come later, but the Traf-O-Data machine worked—most of the time. Mary Gates once recalled her son demonstrating his traffic machine to a city official in her dining room.

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