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Thread: 1989 Bill Gates Talk on Microsoft

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    popopot's Avatar To Me, To You BT Rep: +5
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    A blast from the past from the man himself:

    Bill Gates discusses the software and computer industry, and how Microsoft has contributed. Gates also discusses his views on the future of the computing industry. The talk was recorded in 1989 but was only recently digitized.

    Topics include:

    * The start and history of the microcomputer industry
    * Microsoft BASIC and the Altair 880 computer
    * The transition from 8-bit to 16-bit computers
    * Microsoft's history with IBM
    * 640k memory barrier and 16-bit architectures
    * 32-bit 386 and 486 architectures
    * RISC and multi-processor machines
    * EGA graphics and WYSIWYG editors
    * Decreasing cost of memory, harddisks and hardware in general
    * The importance and future of the mouse
    * Object-oriented programming
    * MS-DOS and OS/2
    * Multi-threaded and multi-application systems
    * Synchronization in multi-threaded applications
    * Diskette-based software
    * UNIX standardization and POSIX
    * History of the Macintosh and Microsoft' involvement
    * Involvement of Xerox in graphical user interfaces
    * Apple vs. Microsoft lawsuit regarding user interfaces
    * OS/2 future as a replacement for MS-DOS
    * Microsoft Office on Macintosh
    * Thin/dumb clients
    * Compact discs
    * Multimedia applications
    * Gates' current role at Microsoft

    Click on the link for further links to the digitised talk:
    Last edited by popopot; 03-26-2007 at 02:11 PM.

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    Thanks for the link.

    I remember when MS-DOS came out. Having said that, I remember when PCs didn't have a hard drive. In fact the first ones I used only had 1 floppy. So you swapped between the operating system, application and saving data.

    When they decided to put a second floppy in it was a great boon.
    You do not need to see my I.D.

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    Barbarossa's Avatar mostly harmless
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Monk View Post
    Punched cards and paper tape, ftw

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    I remember using them too.

    True story.
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