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  •  That he was really good at borrowing (5+ / 0-)

    MS DOS was borrowed from CPM; which was more stable

    Windows was borrowed from Apple, as was the mouse.

    Excel was borrowed from Lotus 1-2-3

    MSWord was borrowed from WordStar and still isn't as good as the original

    IE would not be the preeminent browser if Bill hadn't insisted it was part of the operating system, and the same goes for Outlook, which has yet to catch up to the basic functionality of Lotus Notes (especially in calendaring in a business environment).

    Bill has made his fortune on borrowed ideas and strong-arm tactics.

    History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

    by stormicats on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:20:54 AM PDT

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    •  he is also brilliant (1+ / 0-)
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      i dont get it

      and capable. That helps. To spit on his achievements like you just did, without understanding of what it takes to achieve as much as he did, does not cast you in great light.

    •  This is a bit irrelevant, but: (3+ / 0-)
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      Excel was borrowed from Lotus 1-2-3

      MSWord was borrowed from WordStar and still isn't as good as the original

      Both of these are wrong, unless "borrowed" means "the same type of thing as."

      Excel gained an initial foothold because it could import from and export to Lotus, but that doesn't mean it was "borrowed" from Lotus 1-2-3.  It was the main competitor to Lotus 1-2-3.

      Wordstar was also a competitor to Word, but not much of one, because Micropro decided to stop developing their stable version to create a clean re-write.  By the time they were done, they were out of the market.

      Taking jokes seriously is the exact mirror activity of laughing if someone says they have cancer. --jbou

      by Caj on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:42:25 AM PDT

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