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February 2006

How Bill Did

“The Road Ahead” 10 years on
(Geoff Richards,

Gates turns 40 and, clearly feeling on top of his game, he collaborates with Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Nathan Myhrvold, and Peter Rinearson, to write his vision for the future – titled The Road Ahead. The book is pitched as Bill’s “bird’s-eye view of the undiscovered territory on the information highway – an authoritative, thought-provoking, and very readable travel guide for the journey. In this optimistic and refreshingly realistic book, Gates looks ahead to show how the emerging technologies of the digital age will transform all our lives.”

It occupies the top slot on the New York Times’ bestseller list for more than seven weeks and goes on to sell over 2.5 million copies.


Well, William, it is indeed now ten years later. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see how many changes you correctly predicted and how many were wide of the mark.

(via Digg)

Something in My Eye


Sunday morning I woke up. I put on my glasses. I realized that the left lens was missing. It had been lose and popping out all the time, but I just pop it back in. This time I just wasn’t sure when it had fallen out. When I fell asleep I think I was still wearing my glasses. I took them off and put them to the side sometime in the middle of the night. Long story short I couldn’t find the lens. Its probably still in a blanket or sheet or something. Brandy is still looking.

But I left for Seattle without my glasses. I am wearing my contacts. I will have to wear my contacts indefinately until Brandy finds the lens and mails me my glasses. I have never worn them for more than a day or two at a time. It still takes me over half an hour to put them in. They still feel like I am constantly sticking my finger in my eye. I am not really super fond of contacts.

But I guess this will make me actually get used to them. Maybe by the time I have my glasses back I will not actually want them back. We shall see. I don’t think so though. I am craving them at this very moment.