Excellent article! Fascinating email conversation and history of Microsoft.
Great scout! I found this back through the writer’s profile, and bumped it to AOTD it seems ;)
A funny story to read with the lens of today. Much of this seems prophetic, while I do not know how common Gates’ views on the near tech future were at the time.
The meta-story about John’s first steps into email is great too. What we take for granted today was not normal not so long ago, it it may be good to remember what it was like to use email (over calling) for the first time.
I wonder how Gates would look back on his statements here. It seems he thought mostly of the rosy aspects of the ”information highway” and our increased connectivity, even when the writer confronted him with counter thoughts. Both the good and bad materialized today.