First, Scoble is leaving the building to be a VP at a startup doing podcast. How many times do you see a company’s homepage welcoming a new employee?!

Then, a manager posted, pulled, reposted, repulled, rereposted (or more cycles) “Broken Windows Theory” on why Vista keeps slipping.

Now Bill Gates is also getting out, albeit slowly and partly. If you can bear reading only one comment about this, read Joel Spolsky’s. In vintage Joel style, he recount the time when Bill read his 500-page spec for VBA overnight and asked tons of questions, and the final killer question about date/time function, for which Joel happened to find out one esoteric thing about Excel’s date due to compability with Lotus 1-2-3.

And this paragraph completely overturned my impression on Bill, that he’s mostly a businessman, very smart, very aggressive, sometimes evil, but never a great programmer, which probably 99% of the world also believed:

“Bill Gates was amazingly technical. He understood Variants, and COM objects, and IDispatch and why Automation is different than vtables and why this might lead to dual interfaces. He worried about date functions. He didn’t meddle in software if he trusted the people who were working on it, but you couldn’t bullshit him for a minute because he was a programmer. A real, actual, programmer.”

Ray Ozzie did create Notes, and M$ did buy DOS from Seattle Computer Products. But that doesn’t mean Bill is a lame programmer. There’re some good reasons why he’s the richest man in the world.

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