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William "Bill" Henry Gates III

Net Worth: around of USD 40 billion(estimated)
(prior to 2007-2009 recession, USD 58+ billion)

Occupation: Chairman of Microsoft Corporation; Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Primary field of study: Undetermined (Harvard University, did not graduate)
Status: Married to Melinda Gates (1994-present)
Children: Jennifer Katharine(1996),
Rory John(1999), Phoebe Adele(2002)

Bill Gates in Business Suit on White Background
William "Bill" Henry Gates III

Essential Information :
Bill Gates is an American business magnate, philantrophist, and the third richest person in the world as of 2008. He is also the founder of Microsoft Corporation and its current Chairman, as well as being the largest individual shareholder of the multi-billion dollar enterprise. He is also one of the best -known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution -- indeed, one could argue that he made it possible and practicable for the common household to own and use a personal computer.

Biography & Geek Symptoms:
..born October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to a wealthy family
..father was a prominent lawyer
..mother served ont he board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way
..early in life, his parents had a law career in mind for him
..while in 8th grade at Lakeside School, he took an interest in programming in BASIC, writing a player-vs-computer implementation of tic-tac-toe ..along with 3 friends, he was banned from using computers belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC) after it was discovered that they had exploited bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time
..co-wrote a payroll program in COBOL for Information Sciences, Inc in exchange for computer time and royalties
..still in prep school, he was tasked to author the school's computer program to schedule students in classes; he modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students
..scored 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs

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Milestones in Ingenuity :
..while still in prep school at age 17, Gates formed a venture with Paul Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor
..within 2 years of starting his college education in Harvard, he took a leave of absence and decided instead to start a computer software company, as this timing coincided with the product release of Intel's 8080 CPU (the first sub $200 computer chip that could run BASIC), and he predicted the onset of a computer revolution with a low-cost desktop model at the forefront
..3 decades after he left Harvard in 1975 to pursue his entrepreneurial vision based on a computer revolution, Microsoft, which he co-founded in 1975, has over US$63 billion in assets and over US$250 Billion in market capitalization
..Microsoft Corporation has business interests in software development, gaming consoles, cable television, and employs close to 100,000 people in over 100 countries worldwide

Quotes:
"If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act."
"I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it." -- on being the world's richest man, circa 2006

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Some über-neat stuff Bill Gates would most likely have:

Halo 3 Legendary Edition
Dude, where's my helmet??

Halo 3 Legendary Edition

The flagship game on the Xbox 360, Halo 3 is the third game in the Halo Trilogy and the thrilling conclusion to the events begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.

This is the Legendary Edition of the game, featuring a scale replica of the Master Chief's Helmet.
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Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard
The Future Has Arrived!

Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard

This tiny device laser-projects a keyboard on any flat surface... you can then type away accompanied by simulated key click sounds. It is true future magic at its best. You'll be turning heads the moment you pull this baby from your pocket and use it to compose an e-mail on your bluetooth enabled PDA or Cell Phone. With 63 keys and and full size QWERTY layout the Laser Virtual Keyboard can approach typing speeds of a standard keyboard... in a size a little larger than a matchbook.

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Dot Matrix Wallet
Make a statement!

Dot Matrix Wallet

Made from tough Tyvek, the fibrous and nearly indestructible material FedEx packets are made from, these wallets look like a printout from a venerable 9-pin dot-matrix, folded origami style, into an incredibly strong, very functional, and totally geeky tri-fold wallet. It's sleek, smooth, and instantly identifiable.

The wallet is blue and white, 3-3/8 inches wide by 10 inches long, open. It sports 3 generous card slots for your credit cards and driver's license, plenty of room for cash and even hides a secret pocket on the side! Random numbers adorn the outside and inner folds.
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Wi-Fi Detector Shirt
Be a beacon of Wi-Fi signal detection

Wi-Fi Detector Shirt

This glowing animated shirt dynamically displays the current wi-fi signal strength for 802.11b or 802.11g. The shirt material is 100% Cotton in black color -- all the better to display the signal strength animation.

The animated decal is removable (with hook and loop fasteners) for easy washing, and runs for hours off three AAA batteries (not included). The battery pack is concealed in a small pocket sewn inside the shirt. <click to see more>

ScanGauge II Automotive Computer
See what's going on under the hood

ScanGauge II Automotive Computer

The ScanGauge II is simple to use and install and mounts in, on or below the dash. It plugs into the diagnostic OBD-II connector found under the dash on 1996 and newer cars and light trucks. The functions are accessed viaa simple on-screen menu interface. There is an automatic delayed power-down after engine shutoff and automatic power-up when engine is started. User and vehicle settings are automatically saved.

Features one year manufacturer warranty.
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Halo 3 Messenger Bag
How Master Chief carries all his gear

Halo 3 Messenger Bag

The Halo 3 Messenger Bag is a zippered bag that features 4 velcroed compartments. It is 14 inches high, 14 inches wide, 3 inches deep, and constructed of 16oz heavy canvas material with riveted snaps. It Comes in Gray or Khaki with UNSC logo silkscreened on the front flap. Lastly, it easily holds up to a 15.4 inch laptop plus two textbooks and accessories.

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Multi-Function Panel with Remote Control for PC
A keychain remote & display panel for your PC

Multi-Function Panel with
Remote Control for PC

The PC Multifunction Panel installs in an extra 5.25" drive bay and comes with a keychain remote that lets you power-on or reset your PC from up to 15 feet away. It also extends your connectivity by providing 2 handy USB ports and a firewire port on the faceplate. A sliding lever-type controller allows you to adjust the speed of ur system or CPU fan. And lastly, 2 stylish blue LED temperature gauges let you monitor 2 devices right on the face of your PC.
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USB 2.0 Flash Memory Wristwatch (2GB / 4GB)
Lightweight with Gigabytes of Memory!

USB 2.0 Flash Memory Wristwatch (2GB / 4GB)

The USB Memory Watch has a built-in USB connector and can transfer files to and from most computer operating systems. The USB connector is cleverly stored in the watch band and flips up for easy connecting. There is also a LED light that indicates the device status. The watch is surprisingly sleek and lightweight - it is not a bulky watch. The band is comfortable and very flexible. <click to see more>

Pertelian External LCD Display v5
Personal Assistant for your Monitor

Pertelian External LCD Display v5

This handy backlit LCD display plugs into an extra USB port and gives you all kinds of useful data nuggets while your main display is wholly occupied (think 3D graphics).

This device supports favorite media & communication software like Winamp, Apple Itunes, Windows Media Player, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, GAIM. In addition, it can help you keep tabs on things like stock market info, gaming servers, sports results, and email arrival notification. <click to see more>

Streamzap PC Remote Controller
A Remote Control for your PC!

Streamzap PC Remote Controller

The Streamzap PC Remote makes it easy to control your PC from 40-feet away using a full-featured 33-key hand-held remote—just like you control your stereo or TV. A great addition for anyone who uses their PC for music or DVD playback, or even for Powerpoint presentations! All you need is a spare USB port and 6MB HDD space.

Includes the full version of the incredibly popular Winamp music player. <click to see more>

Crossbox USB Data Transfer Device
Connect and Share!

Crossbox USB Data Transfer Device

The Crossbox USB Data Transfer Device offers the perfect data-migration solution - simply plug it in and start transferring your data between two computers. The built-in software shows a split screen view on both computers (showing the current computer and the other computer) allowing you to simply drag and drop what you want to the other computer. The device will support data transfer at speeds up to 25Mb/Sec and has a 4 foot retractable USB cable. It is incredibly simple to use and is compact for easy storage and travel. <click to see more>

Wi-Spy Spectrum Analyzer (for 2.4GHz ISM Band)
Troubleshoot. Analyze. Optimize!

Wi-Spy Spectrum Analyzer
(for 2.4GHz ISM Band)

Wi-Spy is the world's smallest 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer and has been designed specifically for troubleshooting and analyzing Wi-Fi networks. It shows the signal strength for all Wi-Fi networks as well as Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz cordless phones, microwaves, Zigbee, and all other 2.4 GHz transmitters. At a glance you can see what Wi-Fi channels are quiet and what channels you should avoid if possible. This makes it easy to pick a quiet channel for your access point instead of picking your favorite number between 1 and 11.
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Mvix Wireless HD Media Center
Getcha HD 1080p and Wireless Goodness!

Mvix Wireless HD Media Center

The Mvix player and enclosure is an HDD enclosure (you have to supply your own hard drive) and full HD media player that accepts any 3.5" IDE or SATA hard drive. It connects to your network either via Ethernet or 802.11b/g/pre-N MIMO, and connects to your HDTV via composite, component, s-video or DVI. It can do Mpeg-1/2/4, VOB, WMV 9, DivX, and Xvid; it'll play your MP3's, WMA's, AAC's, Ogg files, or straight-up WAV and AC3. It can play media files stored in its hard drive or stream off of other computers in your network. Best of all, it supports full HD 1920 x 1080 (1080p) video output to produce crisp and clear picture quality. <click to see more>

Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock
Because you need to wake up....

Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock

Perhaps the most full-featured alarm clock you're ever likely to encounter, the Neverlate Executive has tons of features such as: 2 separate ("his" & "hers") 7-day alarm schedules; 14 alarms can be set to a different time and ringtone -- 4 buzzers or 20 preset radio stations; another bank of every day alarms (for a grand total of 21 alarms!) If you get bored of the radio, you can plug in your MP3 player and listen through the clock's killer speaker and even charge your MP3 player via USB port (it's a standard 5V USB port). This truly is the alarm clock to end all alarm clocks. <click to see more>

Auto LED Plug-In (Cigarette Lighter) Rechargeable Flashlight
Plugs into your car's cigarette lighter

Auto LED Plug-In (Cigarette Lighter)
Rechargeable Flashlight

This emergency flashlight trapped in a Sci-Fi-Sexy casing is just the right size to sit inside your car's cigarette lighter receptacle and trickle charge off your car's electrical system. All the while, it emits a soft blue glow. Pull it out, give it a twist, and you can shine a super-bright highly focused white spotlight into the darkest corners.

The perfect companion for reading roadmaps or handwritten directions in low-light conditions.
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USB Security Lock
Lock down your USB ports

USB Security Lock

This device affords you USB Security by clamping a lock on your USB ports, thereby protecting your data and preventing access to your confidential information.

It works by placing a blocker (the lock) inside the USB port which will prevent any connection. This lock is the same shape as a USB connector and sits in the USB port. It is designed to only be removed using the USB Security Lock device.

Package includes 5 USB locks, 2 keys, 5 sets of 3 spacers (to adjust fit). <click to see more>

External USB SATA Drive Dock
Make your spare SATA drives useful

External USB SATA Drive Dock

Slip your spare hard drives into this USB dock and it mounts as an available volume on your Windows, Mac OS, or Linux computer via either a USB or an eSATA connector. Hot-swap with a new drive by pressing the center button on the base and jamming in a new drive. Making the dock even more awesome - it can connect equally well with big 3.5" desktop SATA hard drives and 2.5" laptop hard-drives. <click to see more>

Vantec NexStar MX NST Dual Bay SATA "JBOD" Enclosure
Turn Two Drives Into One

Vantec NexStar MX NST Dual Bay
SATA "JBOD" Enclosure

"JBOD" stands for "Just a Bunch of Discs" and avoids drive wastage. If you have a number of odd-size drives, JBOD will let you combine them into a single mountable USB storage device with capacity of up to 2 terabytes of drive space (e.g., a 250GB and 120GB SATA hard drive would combine to 370GB).

The case is high quality aluminum construction with air vents and internal fans for excellent heat dissipation. <click to see more>

5.8 GHz Wireless Digital T-Amp
Wireless CD Quality Sound

5.8 GHz Wireless Digital T-Amp

Free your speakers from cords and get amazing
hi-fidelity sound up to 150 feet from your stereo system with the Wireless Digital T-Amp. All digital CD quality wireless stereo transmission with built-in error correction and 128x oversampling ensures your audio loses absolutely nothing in the translation. The built-in digital T-Amplifier delivers the sound of a tube amp with an incredibly clean 20 watts per channel.

Please Note: The Wireless Digital T-Amp does not come with speakers. You need to provide your own. <click to see more>

Soldius 1 Solar Charger
Keep in direct sunlight

Soldius 1 Solar Charger

This device taps into free energy for charging up your technological essentials -- just plug it in and point it towards the sun. It generates enough power to fully recharge the batteries in your devices in just 2 to 3 hours. Compatible with all iPod flavors, it also includes adapters for more than 250 models of mobile phones.

The device folds in half and is small and light enough to carry comfortably in your shirt pocket or purse. <click to see more>

Console Access Pro Tool Kit
Allow no barrier between gamer & console!

Console Access Pro Tool Kit

Because your XBox360, PS3 and Wii are NOT held together with duct-tape and velcro, we've bundled together all the tools necessary to disassemble every next-gen console and handheld out there (and a few old ones, too)!

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Workstation Repair Tool Kit
All the tools you'll need for computer repairs

Workstation Repair Tool Kit

A great toolkit for the modern geek including nice sets of screwdrivers, pliers and various size wrenches. These tools will allow you to perform all of the basic repairs on computers and workstations. Also handy for modding activities and last minute gaming upgrades.

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Anti-Gravity Globe
Control the fate of the globe!

Anti-Gravity Globe

How does it work? The 4-inch diameter globe is very light in weight. There is a precisely placed magnet located at the inside top of the globe. Once you plug in the heavily weighted, mirror-chrome finished base, and place the globe over top the center of the base, a combination of sensors and micro-processors help to calibrate the embedded electromagnet in the base to properly suspend the globe.

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USB Storage Carousel for CD/DVD
Stores 150 discs!

USB Storage Carousel for CD/DVD

This carousel is a CD storage system that holds 150 discs. It stores all kinds of discs in 12cm size such as CDs, DVDs, game CDs, or music CDs. The unit can be connected to your PC via USB cable and the shape of the USB Storage Carousel for CD/DVD means it's stackable, thus conserving your desk spaces. You can manage the CD database with the included software and you can locate the CD/DVDs by CD title, CD contents, category, remarks, etc. After searching with the software, simply double click the desired disc and the USB Storage Carousel will spin and pull out the CD. <click to see more>

Swiss Memory USB Pocket Knife with Laser
Prepare to be assimilated!

Swiss Memory USB Pocket Knife
with Laser

The Swiss Memory USB with Laser is the perfect marriage of technology, practicality, materials, and quality design. It perfectly pulls together four important tools that no geek should ever be without (USB flash drive, Red Laser Pointer, Swiss Army knife, ballpoint pen). These functions have been skillfully integrated into this single super tool. The USB flash drive portion of the knife can easily be removed, for safe airline travel (and successful passage thru security). <click to see more>

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