Written Assignment 6 - Gabriel A. Godart

Written Assignment 6 - Gabriel A. Godart - Computer...

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Computer concepts and applications 2010-04-CIS-107-OL009 Written assignment 6: Bill Gates By Gabriel A. Godart Thomas Edison State College.
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Member of an upper-class family from Seattle, WA, William Henry Gates the third, also known as Bill Gates, was born on October, 28 th 1955; the same year a certain Steve jobs was born. His father was then a lawyer and his mother a teacher. He discovered the computing world at the age of thirteen while in Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school which happened to possess a computer. With a few other students, including his future partner Paul Allen, he founds the Lakeside Programmers Group to seek and fix bugs in the first computers. He also wrote his first computer program which consisted of a tic-tac-toe game. In 1973, Bill Gates is admitted to the University of Harvard where, neglecting his schoolwork, he met another computer enthusiast, Steve Ballmer. Two years later, he drops out of Harvard to found the company Traf-O’Data with his childhood friend Paul Allen, in Redmond, WA, close to Seattle. The company will soon be renamed Micro-Soft which stands for Microcomputer Software. They both engineered Altair Basic, a program destined for the Altair 8800 from MITS, considered then as the first American personal computer. Persuaded that the personal computer industry is about to get bigger, Bill Gates and Paul Allen decide to take their operating system to all computer manufacturers. In November of 1976, they trademark the brand Microsoft. MITS purchased an exploitation license of Altair Basic for six thousand Dollars. The following year, Commodore’s PET and Tandy’s TRS80 were both equipped with Basic. Apple, founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, also launched its own personal computers and in 1979, they offered twenty-one thousand Dollars to Bill Gates to purchase the copyrights of software called AppleBasic. In 1980, while Steve Jobs and Apple revolutionized the computer industry with the first Macintosh based on the program Lisa, which offers icons and windows controlled by a scrolling mouse, Bill Gates signed a contract with IBM to develop an operating system for a new
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computer they wish to commercialize, the IBM-PC. Consequently, Microsoft decided to purchase the program Q-DOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) developed by Tim Patterson
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