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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Bill Gates: charity begins at home

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is set up to give away $38 billion (plus another $30 billion pledged by Warren Buffett).

While I'm in the mood for mad ideas, how about sparing some fraction of that (oh, a billion?) to go back to Bill's crazy source code and finally straighten out all the problems with Microsoft's core products, then send out a one-use-only disk to all previous purchasers, to reload everybody's programs with reliable updated versions?

Or should I stick with dreaming up more realistic schemes, like the deposit-free banking idea?


CherryPie said...

I think that is a wonderful idea. When I bought my lap top last year I made the mistake of choosing Vista. I was really annoyed when I found out that they weren't going to spend much time on it's many problems but would bring forward the next version of it's operating system instead!

Oh how I struggled with Vista!

Sackerson said...

Car and white goods manufacturers do product recalls, not "patches", so why not software designers? There seems to be more patches than trousers now.

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