To get his annual predictions, I mean. Actually, now that I think about it, talking to god does not work either…
I don’t pay much attention to Bill Gates (and I’m sure it’s mutual) but I was just noticing that today is not only his annual prediction speech in Las Vegas, but it is also probably his last one as he will shortly be stepping down from his position at Microsoft to get busy giving money away. At that point, I will start paying a lot more attention to him, I assure you.
So for fun, here are a few of the predictions Bill-o has made in the past:
Bob. Remember Bob? Not the one on Twin Peaks, the one from Microsoft. This was a program to link everything together and make everything “intuitive,” and Bill (Bob’s dad) predicted it would change the way computing was done. Remember Bob? Me neither.
Mira. Remember Mira? It was kind of like an iPhone but with no phone. It was for day to day use by regular people but required the Pro edition of Windows. It played music but no video. I have no personal recollection of Mira. Honestly. Never laid a hand on her.
What about SPOT … (presumably Bob and Mira’s dog?). SPOT stands for (well, stood for) Smart Personal Objects Technology. This was one of those ideas that arise when a bunch of Microsoft engineers get stoned. Everything was going to be hooked to the Internet (well, to a Microsoft version of the Internet). Like your pen, your watch, your can opener, etc. So you know how you might have a pencil that says “Minnesota Zoo” or “Acme Plumbing and Heating” on it? Like, because they gave away these pencils for free? Well, with SPOT your pencil would have something on there too, delivered from the internet. There was even going to be a coffee maker that linked to spot.