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Brave New World
I heard some coverage of the conference. Didn't
get the speaker's name, but one of the attorneys
involved in this read the two entries for "Gates" from the Funk &
Wagnall's Encyclopedia, one written before they were
acquired by Microsoft and the other written after.
Big difference. Before the acquisition the "Gates"
entry emphasized his competitiveness; after the
acquisition: his "philanthropy"! What philanthropy?
(Many of us wonder if he will EVER develop
a social conscience and make donation for the public
There are other examples of history rewritten.
I was at a Microsoft Internet Developers'
conference where a speaker said that Microsoft was a
pioneer of GUI development. Of course, that is a great
exaggeration. Xerox PARC and Apple were the
real pioneers. Similarly, Microsoft did not pioneer object oriented
or C++ programming, though MS speakers sometimes
claim this. AT&T and Stroustrup get the credit there. And
I think Borland had a C++ compiler on the market before
Microsoft, though I could be wrong.