Denver, the Mile High city, is now home to two Apple iPad 2 billboards. Spotted on April 2 in the Performing Arts District, these billboards are prominently featured in a high-trafficked area for potential buyers. Video below.
I am pleased to release the details of my new talk, ‘Dream, Believe & Achieve: How to Make Any Dream Come True’. I’d love to speak to your school (K-12, college, vocational), organization or group. It will be fun!
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After a month of using Google’s Chrome OS and CR48 notebook, I’m convinced Microsoft cannot ignore the threat of Google’s Internet OS. So they should respond with ‘Internet Explorer OS’ to counter Google’s move on their turf.
Chrome OS with the CR48 is what I consider a ‘netbook experience’. I’m sure Redmond is busy building Internet Explorer OS. If not, they could have another ‘iPad problem’ on their hands. The ‘browser-as-an-OS’ strategy is a smart one and consumers will flock to it. Again, Microsoft can’t ignore this. They could use their own browser-based OS to up sell consumers to a Windows 7 Upgrade & application bundle. It could work.
In closing, I love the Chrome OS experience. It’s a joy to use each day, even with the occasional hiccups experienced using the development branch and prototype hardware (CR48). Everyday computing tasks are simple & to the point. Computers should be our friends — not our enemies.
Google is making incredible progress on an incredible computing platform.
I almost missed out on a life-changing relationship. My science teacher at Kettering High (Detroit) invited me to attend an engineering conference in 1995. She insisted, so I accompanied her. It was the best decision of my life (and maybe some luck and timing, too.)
There, I met two Microsoft engineers. A huge loyalist and fan of Bill Gates, these guys were like heroes to me. They were kind to answer my questions and even shared Bill Gates’ email address. I was floating on a cloud.
Later that night, I e-mailed Bill to share my enthusiasm about Microsoft and the engineers I met. Word got around to friends that I ‘impressed’ him. I can’t tell you the feeling. Here’s my childhood idol passing around notes about me? Seriously? That I ‘impressed’ him? “What did I do?”, I thought.
Microsoft and Bill Gates are known as ruthless gangsters in the software industry. They will lose millions of dollars until they get it right. And when they do, look out! My relationship with the company inspired my life. It was a magical experience to have access to key talent to learn from the greatest minds. Priceless.
This is by no means an attempt to make fun of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Instead, I couldn’t help but notice the odd timing of Google News’ pairing of a photo (from Globe and Mail) of Ballmer scratching his head with the headline about Microsoft’s announcement that it would layoff 5,000 employees due to weaker earnings and the growing economic downturn in America.
I’ve studied Microsoft for years and believe that Ballmer is more than capable of leading the company to better growth and success over the long-term. Unfortunately, the reality of today’s announcement is a painful reminder that not even the world’s largest software maker is immune to the unraveling of the world’s global economy — A day I never thought would happen at Microsoft (I seem to recall a “no layoff” policy from the 90s, but could be wrong).
That’s right, folks. I am posting this entry via a remote desktop connection to a virtualized server at Amazon’s vast server farm in Seattle, Washington. What am I talking about? Maybe the announcement that Amazon’s cloud computing platform, EC2, is out of beta with Windows support? Yeah, that might be it!
Right now, I feel like shouting at the top of my lungs about how AMAZING this all really is. For only .125 cents an hour, I can now launch as many Windows Server 2003 ‘virtual machines’ as I’d like. I don’t have to worry about licensing, acquiring server hardware or bandwidth. In just under two minutes with a few clicks (I use the ElasticFox FireFox plugin for EC2), I was able to launch a Windows Server with ease and use it remotely from my laptop here at home.
If you’re not already aware, Ronald Lewis Dot Com runs on an Amazon EC2-based Linux server. It not only runs this web site, but many more! It even manages several phone numbers, voicemails and a lot more thanks to my Asterisk PBX telephone system. I’m overjoyed by Amazon’s announcement of their support for Windows. I cannot begin to explain what a wonderful development this is. It’s another step in the right direction for cloud computing and Internet services overall. Do not underestimate my cool demeanor here. At this point, I want to run around Denver proclaiming that this new development is “the future of computing!” I’m truly speechless right now. Speechless. Numbed. Paralyzed. Wow!
How best to sum this all up? AMAZING! Here’s another reason why I’ve decided to use Amazon’s EC2 platform exclusively for all of my web needs. It doesn’t get any better than this. I can hardly contain my excitement. For those who care about technology and read the announcement, you should already know what a big deal this is. This is a defining moment in computing. Cloud computing is the future! Once again, Amazon has redefined an emerging space with exponential potential! They understand where this space is going and are responding intelligently with robust solutions to meet demand.
More to come on this soon. I’m so psyched at the moment that I cannot think straight. This is just amazing. It’s developments such as this that make me realize how wonderful technology is and how it can inspire a new world of innovation and creativity. Imagine the possibilities for developers and startups seeking to make their mark in the world. They can do so without the costly overhead of co-locating servers or spending outrageous fees on Microsoft licenses. This is a game changer, folks. This is serious business. This changes everything.
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It’s official: Bill Gates has retired from Microsoft. Five years ago, he began a slow and transitional path to this day when he handed his day-to-day responsibilities to now CEO, Steve Ballmer. I have many fond memories of Bill and Microsoft. I made many friends at the company, gained the respect of Bill himself and had the pleasure of learning about life, business and success from an incredible individual.
Regardless of whatever opinion you might have of Bill and Microsoft, he certainly deserves the honor and recognition for his contribution to our modern world. He, along with many other role models, helped define my passion for many interests over the years. I am especially grateful for all the wonderful experiences I’ve had with Microsoft over the years. Bill was supportive the entire way.
By Daisuke Wakabayashi
REDMOND, Washington (Reuters) – Bill Gates said a teary goodbye on Friday to Microsoft Corp, the software maker he built into the world’s most valuable technology company based on the ambitious goal of placing a computer on every desk and in every home.
He leaves Microsoft, which he co-founded with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, to focus on his philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest charity, funded in part by his vast fortune.
At an employee event at Microsoft’s scenic headquarters campus here, Gates joined Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on stage to deliver a short speech and field questions from employees.
“There won’t be a day in my life when I won’t be thinking about Microsoft, the great things that we’re doing and wanting to help,” said Gates, who wiped away tears as the group of employees rose to give him a standing ovation.
Ballmer, a Harvard University classmate who joined Microsoft at Gates’ behest, got choked up as he tried to describe Gates’ impact on the company and society at large.
“There’s no way to say thanks to Bill. Bill’s the founder. Bill’s the leader,” said Ballmer. “This is Bill’s baby.”
Gates will leave behind a life’s work developing software to devote energy to finding new vaccines or to microfinance projects in the developing world. He will remain chairman of Microsoft and work on special technology projects.
Ballmer spoke about how he contemplated quitting Microsoft a month after joining the company and return to Stanford University business school. Bill passionately implored him to stay and laid out the vision of the company.