Bill Gates drops out of Harvard, after a dispute over his illegal use of school computers for commercial purposes. According to various accounts, Bill Gates and Paul Allen used a DARA funded PDP-10 computer to develop commercial software for the MITS Altair 8800. Some Harvard officials thought that Gates had broken university rules, and Gates faced a threat of expulsion. To resolve the dispute, Gates reportedly was required by Harvard to place the computer code in the public domain, an act that did not sit well with Gates. According to his father, William Gates, “There was a flap, no question about it … My son felt a little put upon by the Harvard administration’s attitude.” The long term consequences of this dispute may have been larger. To this day, Microsoft and the Gates Foundation are strong advocates of preserving the private intellectual property rights of entities that receive government funds for research.
Micro-Soft was founded April 4, 1975. The initial products were BASIC interpreters developed for the Altair 8800,
Printcrime short story by Cory Doctorow, typeset and hand bound in 2010. This is a set of offprints that I’ve reassembled into a rough prototype. I don’t think I kept a copy for myself. I took these photos in 2021 12 06 and backdated this post to 2010 11 30.
a history of home video game consoles as any museum has ever created.
@ museum of arts and trades, paris, france
a collection of video games so extensive that all but the most hardcore gamer would be hard-pressed to identify them all. they stretch from the birth of pong in the 1970s through the heyday of console gaming and end with the ps2.
the exhibit also included interviews with many of the developers responsible for these early gems.
+: pictures from the exhibition