Apple shares have fallen, although not as steeply as many traders had imagined, after CEO Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a six-month medical leave of absence. My first reaction was surprise. Six months? That sounded serious. Then disgust, as Internet trolls had Jobs on his death bed. As The New York Times reports, Jobs’ condition isn’t related to his bout with pancreatic cancer. According to The Times, it’s for a different medical disorder where his digestive system is having difficult processing food. Again, pretty serious stuff, but not the terminal disease that so many rumor-mongers and speculators were …

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The second [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBWPf1BWtkw"]Microsoft-Seinfeld ad[/URL] was released Friday. It had a few funny moments, but once again left most people shaking their heads wondering exactly what Microsoft hopes to achieve. I'm not sure they know. Although they may have a game plan, it's hard for anyone to see exactly what it is. We know this much. Microsoft has invested $300M on this new ad campaign to convince us that Microsoft (to paraphrase an old Animals song) is a soul whose intentions are good, but is simply misunderstood. Meanwhile the PR machines has sent out some big wigs to convince us that …

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[I]Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. ~Dylan Thomas. [/I] Every once in a while you come across a blog post from a writer that makes you sit up and say, “Damn, I wish I had written that.” That happened today when I stumbled upon [URL="http://strom.wordpress.com/2008/05/31/giving-thanks-to-bill-gates/"]Giving Thanks to Bill Gates[/URL] in David Strom’s Strominator blog. Now, if you’re like me, you might have thought that Strom in a moment of quiet reflection sat down to write a tribute to …

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Before I tell you about Bill Gates’ speech at CEO Summit 2008 today, I’d like to share one more story from my trip to Orlando for STAR EAST last week. And then I’ll tie the two together. In [my May 10 post](http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2434.html) from the conference, I mentioned “Testing Dialogues—In the Executive Suite,” an extremely entertaining keynote speech by James Whittaker, a software architect at Microsoft. In part of his presentation was a [Microsoft video](http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080315/microsoft-future-personal-health-video/) shown at one of its employee meetings. It opens with a female runner that’s using a device to monitor her vitals as she jogs along a …

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According to [URL="http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9911470-56.html?tag=cnetfd.blogs.item"]reports[/URL] it looks possible that the next big upgrade to the Windows OS, the fabled Windows 7, could arrive much earlier than expected. Within the next 12 months even. And who is responsible for making this prediction? None other than Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates himself, apparently. If this is true then it means the development schedules that have been bandied about up to now have undergone a radical rethink. The News.com article suggests that Gates responded to a question about Vista asked at a speech to the Inter-American development Bank and is quoted as saying "Sometime in the …

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[URL="http://www.neowin.net/news/main/08/03/15/gates-predicts-big-technological-leaps"]Speaking[/URL] to the Northern Virginia Technology Council this week, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates made the distinctly predictable prediction that during the next ten years there will be even greater technological advances than during the previous decade. Amongst the advances that Gates suggests are likely to be of most importance were speech recognition, handwriting recognition and touch screen surfaces. I have checked and this is a current news story and not something that fell out of my in-tray five years ago folks, honest. It gets better, and the predictions retreat further back in the time-warp, as Gates moved on to interactive …

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Well, not as rich as you might think. Well, not as rich as Warren Buffet anyway. In fact, not even as rich as Carlos Slim Helu. The Boy God, co-founder of Microsoft, has lost the richest man on the planet crown, a position he held for the last 13 years according to Forbes magazine. I guess it was only a matter of time before Warrant Buffet inherited the title, a man who rather ironically has pledged a large swathe of his own fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation charity. His $62 billion is really rather impressive, as is …

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The End.