I don’t hate Bill Gates, Bill Gates isn’t evil

August 30, 2006

I was talking to a colleague the other day who happened to mention how much he hates Bill Gates, which is pretty common amongst the IT crowd, he looked quite dissapointed when I pointed out a slightly different way to look at the subject. All those years of hate – suddenly dispelled.

I’ve known for a long time that Bill Gates planned to give all his money away to good causes over his lifetime, I guess I never really thought much about it until Warren Buffet casually dropped an extra 30.7 BILLION dollars into the funds coffers.

My way of looking at it now is this – Microsoft software is like a tax that (almost) all companies have to pay, Bill then takes this money and gives it to people who need it. He steals from the rich and gives to the poor – remind you of anyone? – no, it’s not the RIAA, they steal from the poor and give to the rich (Britney needs a new Lear Jet) – is Bill Gates, a modern day Robin Hood? maybe that’s a bit of a strech but it’s food for thought.


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