Ten

Things You Want To Tell Bill Gates

Yes, you ask for money (nice try), but also for better patching, MCP support and for the Microsoft founder to keep on keeping on.

Among the extra questions we snuck in at the end of our “Reader’s Choice” product survey a few months ago was this one: “If you could say one thing to Bill Gates, what would it be?” Of the 934 responses we received, these 10 are worth passing along to you and Mr. Gates. (Due to the nature of the survey, we promised to keep responses anonymous.)

10 Stop the Madness
• Set a product and feature deadline and STICK TO IT. Slipped deadlines and dropped features are awful for your own PR and for our planning. (See “Microsoft Math”)
• Stop rolling out new PC operating systems. Only issue new OSes every five years. Give us a chance to catch up and standardize.

9 Windows Lite
• Try shipping a stripped-down version of Windows Server that only has the essential functions so it will be robust and easy to maintain. Let the users decide what functions to add to the server.
• Why are you giving Asia and other European countries a “lite” version of Windows XP and not making it available in the United States? Some of us would really like a stripped down version of XP that would make controlling security much easier.

8 Thanks, Bill
• Thank you for my career! Keep moving forward and I will be learning right along with your changes!

7 Take Care of MCPs
• Take better care of your Microsoft Certified Professionals. We’re the ones who keep evangelizing your products.
• MCSEs should receive one free (or modestly priced) copy of all Microsoft business software. This would help us learn the new software and be frontline salespeople, as well as reward us for our certifications.

6 Peace on Earth
• The rest of the IT industry is neither a target nor an enemy. Work together for the benefit of us all. You’ll still grow richer and the world will be more harmonious.
• Try to direct Microsoft to function as a community. Let other developers write software without prosecuting them for royalties because they had an idea that was similar to something thought of by someone in your company.

5 Patch a Mile in My Shoes
• Try being an IT manager for another company for a week. Live the IT budgets, the integration pains and heterogenous environments. I think Microsoft lives in a utopian world with its cash reserves, internal developers and unlimited software licensing.
• Are you coming out to my company to help me install the latest 10 patches on my 25,000 workstations? Come on. You’ve got the jet.

I Want Money (That's What I Want)

Probably the lamest thing you could ask Bill Gates for is money, yet 43 respondents—4.6 percent—did just that. At least these four were somewhat creative in their requests.

  • Can I have one minute of your time? And can you give me what you earned in that minute?
  • Nice job. Can I borrow that gold card for a day or two?
  • Where’s that 50 bucks I loaned you? (I’m serious ...)
  • Can I have an island?

Another 36 respondents, 3.85 percent, asked for a job, two of them with the Bill and Melinda Foundation, and nine—nearly 1 percent—asked Gates to adopt them. One combined the two, saying, “Will you adopt me or at least give me a job?”

4 Food for Thought
• What do you think would be different today if you had based your original products on Unix instead of DOS?

3 Gracious Invitations
• I invite you to College Station, Texas. I will take you to dinner at FreeBirds, known for its world-famous burritos.
• Let’s go fishing.
• Let’s ride to Daytona Beach Bikeweek, or Sturgis, or anywhere—to hell with work.

2 Continue To Persevere
• Never quit. Let them pry the mouse out of your cold, dead hand.

1 An Inspiration
• I appreciate Mr. Gates not for his present or past, but for his future. His plans to donate most of his earnings to charity are noble and inspiring.

About the Author

Paul Desmond, the founding editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine, is president of the IT publishing firm PDEdit in Southborough, Mass. Reach him at paul@pdedit.com.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Nov 8, 2010 Bob Somewhere in the Universe

I know I'm a little late to the party but I can't believe you people asking for money like that, half of you if not more are likely lying in your reasons you seek free money from one of the world's wealthiest persons, if you're going to stoop low enough to beg, try being honest, it'll at least make you're spectacle something to laugh at. Mr Gates created a very lucrative business and made a fortunate while doing so, all it takes is a good idea kiddies, one good idea and you just might make a fortune too, stop begging and put that effort towards something productive. As a side note, as an IT major I could only dream of being so successful.

Sun, Aug 29, 2010 Gowtham Thangaraj Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Dear Mr.Gates, Hello sir. This is Gowtham a life cheated youngster from India. I.m here for not to ask any money from you. But wanna get a solution from you as I kept you as my role model from my childhood. I wanna try something different always and want to achieve a highest position as like you. But the thing is that i.ve not succeeded in any of the twelve past attempts instead i've lost my every property. Till now i've not lost my confidence to achieve but the thing is that i'm now not even worth of your single second. Now a girl with my side i don.t know what to do. Is trying something different is wrong sir. Or a normal man wants to achieve like you is a crime sir. I said you these things only because you are my heartly role model and i don.t thought that other persons can get me solutions rather than you sir. Reply me if you can spend time for me sir. Bye sir. With Regards, Gowtham Thangaraj.

Thu, Apr 1, 2010 George Cosmah 1324HighwayAveCovingtonky41011

MrGates Iwas going to ask you to help me,because i,am sick and on ssd and i don,t make much at all.All i wanted to do is something nice for my girl of 30 years,because she has been here for me since i got sick.If you can i will be holding to you for all my life.Please i hope you find it in your heart to help me pleaseTHANK YOU GEORGE C COSMAH

Wed, Feb 3, 2010 Hensie Bhutan

Dear Sir,

I have tried a lot and worked day and night, but nothings seems easy interms of earning enough money. I wanted to buy a car thats it.

Therefore if you could help me buy a car costing around USD 11,000.00. I would always remain indebted to your good self.

Regards

Hensie

Tue, Feb 2, 2010 ally bushiri Tanzania

dear Bill Gatetes,i'a Tanzanian people with 22 yrs old.a'm finished o-level&now a'm taking certificate of Information Technology,but i need u'a help to study more about (IT),couse i like it,but money's problem.so that ineed sponsership for studing any college with (IT).I hope u do something for me.THANKS ALOT

Sun, Nov 22, 2009 James N Saikay Liberia, Africa

I need Sponsorship

Fri, Jul 3, 2009 cosmas ntini south africa

dear Bill, l`m kindly asking for your help,l want to go to university for a degree,but i can`t manege to pay for my school fees. please help faithfuly cosmas

Fri, Dec 5, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous

need financial help for my computer trainining centre

Mon, Sep 22, 2008 mugisha john wenkere uganda east africa

HI MR AND MRSBILL MELINDA GATES I DO APPRECIATE UR GOOD WORK WHICH HAS TRIED TO DEVELOP THE WORLD FROM 3rd TO modern my request is iam amedical student at mulago paramedical school ihave failed to continue bse of tuition but one important thing iwould like to invite you to uganda and iwill offer you land and construct a computer plant which will supply the whole of africa this is arequest please if u could assist me and complete my course i promise to work for u GOD BLESS MICROSOFT

Sat, Sep 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous

Dear MR.GATES
I from Tehran I want have copmany of Microsoft for bissnes for u if u want just send a Emali. we can sell your new program and new discowers in my city. Thnaks

Sat, Sep 13, 2008 Meysam Iran

Dear MR.GATES
I from Tehran I want have copmany of Microsoft for bissnes for u if u want just send a Emali. we can sell your new program and new discowers in my city. Thnaks

Tue, May 6, 2008 Enock Rwanda

Dear Sir,mr Gates realy i wish on this Earth could be like 1000 men like you becouse i saw you sponsered to my country and helped almost thousands of lives from evil hunger.
I hate those who use most of thire capital to investe in degerous weapons .
Godbless you and i wish one time i could hold your big five fingers your got from almighty God

Thu, May 1, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous

I am hopeless, I am helping 19 people from my low salary as a teacher in Zambia. I am the only working lady in that family and this has brought my hopeless situation. I dont enjoy living and i dont enjoy working because i am full of problems. Please help me even just to finish my Degree Programme just to increase my salary scale to make me manage my family. Right now I cant even manage to buy a 1kg sugar. Help me financially.

Mildah Kamutiana

Tue, Feb 5, 2008 J alberda bc

TO bill gates Ihave just start using 98win and have been shut down on the internet by your company and told by phone microsoft we don t acnolege 98 anymore at the cost so far i am broke i am handicap person that should have access to the internet not be shut down by the company that made this sham on you bill i guess you have to rich for access

Mon, Aug 6, 2007 Obed Michael Tanzania

Dear Bill Gates
Until I get direct contact with you then I will tell you my concerns.
Thanks

Sat, Sep 2, 2006 Eduardo california

hey bill gate i need a drumm set so bad for my class but i dont have money and i was wondering if you can send me a some well you can send it if you want i mean you are rich you can buy anything you want i know alot of stuff about you and when i grow up i want to be a computer designer please send me some you can take ass long as you want and you have my e-mail eduardoTorres80@yahoo.com

Sun, Jul 23, 2006 Radin Singapore

Hi,dear Mr.Bill Gates.I really need $1 million dollar so i can have a better life and get to pay my debts.Please have mecy to me,i also accept any amount.Email me to masayu18@yahoo.com,thank you.

Thu, Jul 13, 2006 abiodunolawuwo nigeria oyo state ibadan

what u become sir my dear bro. bill gate is by the grace of God . pls sir i have one problem of not having a sponsor on my accademic carreer can u help me just for christ"s sake

Tue, Jun 20, 2006 Lance Vannorsdel Willits, CA

Thanks for posting a couple of my comments in 2006.

Respectfully,
Lance Vannorsdel

Fri, Jun 9, 2006 gaurav india

i want to join microsoft corporation knowing also that it is too hard but there is one thing which keep my self up that is hardwork with faith?
what do you think about my idea ?
replay me soon
i am waiting
thank you

Thu, Apr 6, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Dear Mr. Gates,

How can I contact Microsoft give them ideas that I have for development, I have and idea a simple website(s). I am not interested in developing, nor do I want anything.

I have an idea for a website(s) that would be used for donations and emergency services using Passport technology.

I believe that I have a great idea and I don't want it to be misused for personal gain, but only for the greater good for all people on Earth.

Thanks,

Lance Vannorsdel

Wed, Apr 5, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Dear Mr. Gates,

I have used Microsoft products for more than twenty years. I never understood the anti-trust suits brought against Microsoft. I always believed these suits were just a pathetic attempt by your competition, unable to innnovate to compete, they chose through special interests and the government to try and discredit and break up microsoft.

I have plans for the next "killer app" that I would like to give to Microsoft, no strings attached. I believe that I could create the website myself as I have been programming software solutions for over twenty years for my friends, businesses, non-profits, and government. The website is actually very simple, but I believe that it must be done right, and that Microsoft would do it right.

I have picked out a few names, but names are not important, and I only ask that you consider my website(s), and let your family, friends, and colleagues, decide what to do.

I believe that if you do the right thing, for the right reasons, you cannot fail.

I believe that if you do the right thing, for the wrong reasons, you cannot fail.

I believe that if you do the wrong thing, for the right reasons, this might be OK.

I believe that if you do the wrong thing, for the wrong reasons, this is probably wrong.

Respectfully,

A government Analyst
somewhere in California

Mon, Jan 23, 2006 Mercy Malawi, Africa

Dear Mr. Bill Gates,

I thank the Lord Almighty for you. Your wisdom and riches are not from nowhere, but from the Lord. May HIS name be praised all the time. My prayer is that God Bless me finacially so that I can produce more than my requirements and be able to help the needy as you do. I am surrounded by many people who are poor and it pains me if I fail to help them because I do not have the requirements to to that.

I cannot ask you for assistance because I know there are many out there who are more needy than I am, but do me this favour: Just write me a small email, it will be a great blessing to receive email directly from you.

God bless you

Mercy

Fri, Oct 21, 2005 Southwell Africa

Mr Bill gates how you keeping?
Well let get straight to the point, I jus need money to enrich my self, cant take this poverty im leaving on. Jus give me $10, 000 000 U.S dollars i ll be alright. i need the good things in life.. cheers Bro.

Tue, Oct 11, 2005 Mary Kott-ellis Newark Delaware

Hi Mr. Gates
I am a widowed mother of three children two are school age. I recently went through bankcuptrcy and our dell computer went down. It is vey diffcult not having one because the children need it for school projects,research and other project. At present I can not afford to buy. Even the computers at Wal-Wart are over 500$. The kids would like a desk top and my preference is a lap top. Bill you cannot survive in today's society with out computers. By the way this is the computer at work.

Thu, Oct 6, 2005 EduardoTorres Watsonville California

Hey Mrs:Bill gates i hope you have a chance to check what i wrote because i really wanto go to this trip thank i hope you make my trip posible if you have any questions call about sponsering me call (831)728-9742 Thank and i realy hpoe you be happy please make this trip possible thanks

Thu, Oct 6, 2005 EduardoTorres Watsonville California

Eduardo Torres
Watsonville CA 95076
Lincoln St. 1202
(831)728-9742
10|04|05

Dear: Billgates
My name is Eduardo Torres, and I attend E.A HALL middle school. I would like to attend to the Washington D.C. close up trip with my classmate. I believe this would be a wonderful chance for me to travel and learn more about the history of my country. I believe I would represent my school and my community in a possible way. I’m a leader in the 8th grade by participating in a school activities and having a grade point average 3.6 G.P.A.

I am asking you to make this trip possible for me. The price for this trip is $1,519 dollars but if you be my sponsor it will be easer for me to make this trip possible.

If you have any questions call (831)728-9742 or log in to the web www.closeup.com and that might help you answer my question.

“THANK YOU”



Wed, Oct 5, 2005 Art K

DO you really communicate to Mr.Bill Gates our issues-request ?

Sat, Oct 1, 2005 prince valentino nigeria

good day sir, i am from nigeria first and formost i will like to commend u on ur good work to mankind God will reward in jesus name , pls sir u no the country nigeris we are now things are worse pls sir i have no body in this world again to help me even if it is for u to give me a job or u can help me financially i will be greatful i have try my best to finish secondary school and it is university pls help me i need it urgently. thanks
prince nigeria

Thu, Sep 29, 2005 Fedrik J.J Okocha Nigeria

Hi BILL GATES:
i'm a boy of 18 years old ,i want u to teach me more on computer, because i want to be like you,and to be rich as you are,but if bringing me to US will be ok for you is fine by me,because i need this training to be good i computers that is my dreams to be like you, and send me one PC
thanks and good bye pls reply me.

Wed, Sep 28, 2005 fridah india

hi Bill gates,
i wish you can teach me everything you know.
so that you can have a 20years rest before you take over again from me.

Wed, Sep 28, 2005 Donna Graham Laporte, PA 18626

I always wished I had money to take may daugher tp Disney World and I want to send her to college.
But the average person never can do these things. You are so lucky to beable to do for your family. Thank God

Fri, Sep 16, 2005 Brigitte Kosgey Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Bill Gates,

I hope you are well and your family.

I am one of those thousands of people who would like to ask you for some help. I have been working half my life but living from hand to mouth. My dream is to live in our own home. We just need something small. I know you can help, please do!! I am married with a five year old son, called Sean. Two months ago we were given notice to move out of an extension, now we live in a small one bedroomed house. Our son sleeps with us and the maid in the sitting room. I know it sounds sad, and it is, but that is a reality for us. Water comes once a week on Saturday. The house is a real dump and with your help, I know you could let us buy or build something that has space and feels like home. I hate the house, but its the only home I know for now. I would love to have a house to call home and you Bill can make my dream come true. I would love a little garden that I can potter in over the weekends, and invite you for tea one day?? My mobile is 0720108378 if you need details. Lots of regards, and you take care now. Brigitte.

Tue, Aug 30, 2005 Achenek Cameroon

Dear Sir
I am greatful to write you this few note of my asking for help, please sir i will be greatful if you help me

Sun, Aug 7, 2005 Daniel Wiret Ghana,Africa

Dear Mr.Gates
i am Daniel Wiret writing from Africa,ghana.please I had completed my education at The Senior high and was able to obtain distinction.I could not go to school this year because i could afford to pay for my admission fees.
please i really need you to help me so That I can also go to school next yera.
please i want to end here and hope that you can help me.
Thank you.

Sun, Aug 7, 2005 Javlon Austria

Hello. Mr Bill Gates. Well nice to write a letter to you, if you just could imagine which letter is this one yet, i was writing to you some more times. Try to ask you something like money. Well i am a boy, who is a refugee in Austria. And as a refugee i do not get a lot of money here pro month i get about 40 euros it is about 37$ well it is too less i guess and as a refugee i cannot injoy with my life my life is boring. Mr Bill could You support me every month with a little dollars of US. So that i could be happy. And i also have a dream my dream is to get for the States and to live there to immigrate there becoz america is a free country. I am 16 and i will be 17 on the 11th of october. Well if you will pay some attention on my letter and if you are interested to help me somehow with some money so please get in touch with me and i will give you some infos about me and about my permenant address i am living in a boarding house and it is horrible. I eat every day the same food. I sit here about 24 hours and do nothing becoz there is no opportunity for me. Could you help me with some money or with the immigration to the USA please?
ok thank you and i love the computer it is my life so that is why i am writing a letter to you and i have an internet access 24 hours in the boarding house so i watch your photos online every day.
ok thank you very much .
God bless you Mr Bill Gates.

Wed, Aug 3, 2005 oscar el paso

how much money do you have

Sun, Jul 31, 2005 AARON S CURRY DOVER DE

I have some ideas to present to Mr. Gates about upgrades for the exbox game systems. I also have some other ideas that i know he would love to have. These ideas will be benifit lots of people around the world.

Fri, Jul 29, 2005 Troy Patillo Asburn Va

Hi Mr. Gates, I’m not asking for anything here but your opinion. We all know that the IT industry has never fully recovered by the bust of 2000. However, even with the country trying to turn the corner and get the economy going by more than just the overpriced real estate market it continues to fall short due to so many IT jobs being sent over to India and China. I know MS out sources some jobs as well and I do understand why companies do it. Let's face it it's all about THE BOTTOM LINE. Where do you see the US going with IT in the future? I know very many talented developers out of work that can not find a job due to out sourcing. What do you think?

Wed, Jul 27, 2005 william (Kampala) Uganda

Hullo sir mr Bill Gates,
Am william from Uganda and assist me get a computer for free from you.i would want to start up a computer class from my area but the problem am having is computer.
So assist me get one.
Reply
william

Sun, Jul 24, 2005 abdirahman somalia

dhl hargeisa

Sun, Jul 24, 2005 abdirahman somalia

hilaac express

Tue, Jun 21, 2005 rahman australia

Ectually i have an idia to make a new softwere thats may be really different 7 interesting. I hope that can only possibole by you becouse you are the fother of softwere industries. Hope you are willing to have a look on me plz. Thank you

Fri, Jun 3, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm not sure what your kids names are, but do you teach them that you must trust in Jesus Christ who died upon the cross for our sins and rose again?

Thu, Jun 2, 2005 segun ibadan,Nigeria

bill,
how are you ?thanks for your innovations and ready to distribute your knowledge to somebody like us in the third world.i just need a laptop computer from you please.

Wed, May 25, 2005 BEPPE SICILY

CIAO BILL,
STAVO FACENDO UNA SEMPLICE RIFLESSIONE. IO NON VORREI AVERE IL DENARO CHE HAI TU E CHE CONTINUI AD ACCUMULARE (VOLENTE O NOLENTE). HO UN LAVORO DI SEMPLICE IMPIEGATO ED UNA FAMIGLIA DA MANTENERE. SPESSO NON ARRIVO A FINE MESE. MA VA BENE COSI'. ESSERE ODIATO DA MOLTI, ESSERE ADDITATO COME L'UOMO PIU' RICCO DEL MONDO E RISCHIARE DI ESSERE UCCISO DA QUALCHE PAZZO, SIGNIFICA DORMIRE MALE. E QUESTO NON VA BENE.
OK. NON NEGO CHE QUALCHE MILIONE IN PIU' MI AIUTEREBBE A STARE MEGLIO. AMMETTO PURE CHE UN TUO PICCOLO AIUTO POTREBBE FARE CAMBIARE ESISTENZA ALLA MIA FAMIGLIA (E TU POTRESTI ANCHE SENTIRTI UN PO PIU' BENEFATTORE), MA SE IL TUO CUORE TE LO IMPEDISCE PERCHE' DA CIO' NON AVRESTI NESSUN VANTAGGIO, LO CAPISCO BENISSIMO.
NON FLERE, NON INDIGNARI, SED INTELLIGERE.
(R. SPINOZA).
COMPLIMENTI PER IL TUO STILE.
BEPPE.

Tue, May 17, 2005 Timothy Lagos,Nigeria

Hi Mr.Gates. I would want to think that Redmond passed my messages to you.,cos it's very important that you see them.Please do that which is in your capability to save the situation at hand and God will bless you richly.
Timothy,
OAU,
Nigeria

Fri, May 13, 2005 Timothy Lagos,Nigeria

PLEASE HELP ME TELL MR.GATES THAT HERE'S A CHANCE TO PROVE TO ME THAT HE LOVES US IN AFRICA AND SAVE A QUENCHING SOUL.I'LL SOON BE SENT OUT OF SCHOOL AND I'M THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF MY FAMILY.PLEASE HELP ME.IF HE(MR.GATES0 DIMS IT NECESSARY TO HELP SAVE A GENERATION,HE CAN GET ME ON principal_tim@yahoo.com or +23408054666771.

TIMOTHY.
COMPUTER DEPT.
OAU.
NIGERIA.

Thu, May 12, 2005 Anastasia B Maruapula Botswana Southern Africa

Hello Mr & Mrs Gates all i want to say is thak so much for you kindeness and generousity for helping my country since it was hit by HIVAIDS.
Another thing am i need of sponsorship to go study Pg Dip in Broadcast Journalism in UK at University of Arts in London, i've been working for a commercial Radion Station for 8yrs and now they cant nott renew my contract the reason being tha am OVER-CONVIDENT, i thought this is what is expected as a Presenter. i need only 9500 Pounds to go study, i only send my DEMO to the college and they so impressed with my potential and the presentation. Am 35yrs with 2kids and my mother is also under my care since she has a psychological problem, going for studies would really hellp me further my career as i have the Talent and it seems in my country its shame coz its not recognized. hoping you'll assist. My student no:MAR05154268.

Sun, May 1, 2005 Jian Torotno

hi.. Bill Gate! I really really want faster and perfemmer game (PC).. I don't know which buy best video card or motherboard...etc.. Can you help me buy this and put PC case. please? I don't want Xbox.. I really really want PC! please can you help me? I'm from Canada, Scarborough cres TORONTO.

Wed, Apr 20, 2005 Daniela Sarnia, Canada

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Gates,

it is phenomenal that you take time out of your busy lives to read the notes people send you, I myself use the computer for various uses, mainly inetrnet, because as a cancer patient, (one bdomenal and two lung surgeries in six months), i can no longer work, I used to work as a supervisor for our local newspaper, so this is my way of entertainment.
I know of you that you are a humanitarian a person with heart, that goes the extra mile for people, nations in need, and I also know that you are a very wealthy man. If only there were thousand more like you this world would be a place without poverty, wars, hate towards one another, and most of all greed, because greed, I think is the root of all the negativity and mayhem. People should be so lucky that they have health, which is the most important think in the world, they take it for granted, when a doctor tells you you have so many more years to live you look at the world in a different way. You try to do as much as your body is willing to give you. And believe me my body is going on overdrive. I have three grown children, one is a teacher, another is a audio-video technician and the youngest just finished a course in Travel and Tourism. So I'm blessed with my beautiful children. Mr. and Mrs. Gates keep doing what you're doing, because this world needs you.
By the way, we are neighbours to Mrs. Rowe, apparently her son works for you.
Small world, isn't it.

Sincerely,
Daniela.

Thu, Apr 14, 2005 Elze Pols Anonymous

you kick ass

Mon, Apr 11, 2005 Joseph California

Dear Mr. Gates,
My name is Joseph Gutierrez and I am 9 years old. I am in 4th grade at Coldwater Canyon Elementary. Our school is having a fundraiser and the student who sells the most candy bars will win a $100.00 gift card to Toys R' Us. So would you like to buy $700.00 worth of World's Finest almond chocolate bars? If you don't like chocolate bars you could give them to your employees as prizes. I can ship them to you by UPS. Please let me know as soon as possible because the last day of the candy sell is on Friday, April 15, 2005. My moms' E-mail address is gxg9864@lausd.k12.ca.us
Thank you for taking the time to read my note.

Mon, Apr 11, 2005 Nico Erlank South Africa

The reason I think you might be interested in our product, is a electro adhesion display surface we patented. You will love our computer buddi that will improve the lives of any one with a personall computer!!! Kind regards Nico Erlank

Sun, Apr 10, 2005 Dave bryce Anonymous

My dad say's why the hell would bill give you anything? I told him because I need to move out. I for some reason must. Hey I don't have to be rich. I am running out of space I live in my bedroom. I think Dahlen my 3 year old would be nice if I could give a little more

Tue, Apr 5, 2005 Marinda Hofman Pretoria South-Afrika

Im 45 and learning to use a computer for the first time. Thanks to your friendly opperating system I think I might succeed. Didnt think at first its possible or that I am capable of this. Now I am even going on to learn how to do my drawing on computer too. Im an architect and learning to use the Revit draughting program. Thanks for all the new worlds opening up for me TO ENJOY

Mon, Apr 4, 2005 allison aniloff

who is Bill gates

Thu, Mar 31, 2005 Joanne Philippines

Dear Mr. Gates,
A pleasant day to you! I'm Joanne,a graduate of Nursing (BSN) here in the Philippines,I'm married w/ 2 kids.I grabbed this oportunity to ask for a help from the most blessed guy in the whole world in terms of capability in helping others,'specially the needy and poor ones. Mr. Gates honestly,I prayed hard to the Lord for help because I'm still under board until now,I can't afford enrolling in Review center for a local board examination,I'm really eager to passed my licensure examination and after that dreams of working in a hospital,but sad to say my husband's income is just enough for our 2 kids,bec. for your info.,salary here in the Philippines is so small for an ordinary worker,that's why i stumbled upon the thought of asking you instead,as if the Lord gave me the idea of writing you and ask you to help me and be my sponsor until I passed my licensure exams and if you'll give me a chance to work under your companies I promised to do my best as a health worker. By helping me Mr. Gates I can be able to raised up my kids,help my widowed mother.I just hope upon all hopes that it will reach you.Thank you Mr. Gates and God bless you.

Tue, Mar 29, 2005 Diana Ft. Lauderdale

Mr. Gates,
Having paid sooooooooooooo much money for a technical school. (Because I am a single parent and needed a speedy eductaion). I manage to get my certification to MCP. I have had my certification since 2001. I am trying to get back into the field and I am wondering why can't I go to one of your internship programs? Having worked for the largest yacht manufacturer in the world I am sure you and I can come to an agreement. You let us certified people with no college background go to the internship program and I will personally be your Project Manager for your next Yacht!!!!!!! 15 years in the industry, trilingual and I know the #1 designer!!!! Come on what do you say????

Mon, Mar 28, 2005 Aye SITTHIKAHEUANG Faculty of medical science in Laos

Dear Bill Gates
Excuse me that I have to write this message to you,I heard from the every news about you for along time and I try for many time to find your mail.
I `m atudent who study at Medical Science in Laos by Goverment schollaship since I was in secondary school.I`m came from countryside closs the Vietnam border.A round my village about mor than 70 village Just only me who at countryside didn`t have eletricity and difficult to outside for to study,I`m at University of Medical Science of Laos in second year.This time I need to ask any help from you about I need to continous my Englis but I don`t have money for to pay for study.Because my familly so poor in country side they are didn`t leaned at all,Just only me.
So,could you pleas to help me to improve my English and after I finish I can help my home town so many.
Thank you very much for you read.
I hope that you can Help me
I`m looking forward

Sincerely yours

Aye SITTHIKAHEUANG

Thu, Mar 24, 2005 GARY HIGGIN MCHENRY IL

DEAR BILL GATES I AM A 40 YEAR OLD HOMLESS MAN IN ILLINOIS I USE THE COMPUTER AT THE LIBRARY I AM LIVING OUT OF MY CAR AND WAS WONDERING IF YOUR FOUNDATION COULD HELP ME FIND A PLACE TO LIVE AND GET ME OFF THE STREET I HAVE 2 KIDS AND IM NOT PAYING CHILD SUPPORT TO BECAUSE I CANT FIND A JOB RIGHT NOW MAYBE YOU KNOW SOMEONE HIRING RIGHT NOW ILL DO ANY KIND OF HONEST WORK TO HELP MY KIDS OUT AND BUY THEM EASTER BASKETS THIS YEAR MY ADDRESS IS HIGGO40@HOTMAIL.COM IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF NOT THATS OK I KNOW YOUR BUSY THANKS GARY HIGGIN

Mon, Mar 21, 2005 Mr. and Mrs. B. Harms Mountain Grove, MO

Mr. Gates:
Why are we having such a hard time getting our rebate $ back? My husband and I purchased a Gateway over a Dell for the very fact of being promised $205 approx. of rebate.
You could not count the number of people my husband has talked to about this and the number of forms he has already filled out. Now we find out we should have sent an invoice. We never got an invoice. We ordered this computer mid January from Kansas City. We are very aggravated as you can imagine. I have written 560 mins., microsoft co. and now I located a websight with questions directed to you.
Our question is about $...but what about if your company promised a rebate and is giving us a runaround about it?
Our computer has been satisfactory but the rebate situation seems to be one putoff after another.
A few reps wanted order numbers, a few wanted ID numbers, etc. etc. etc. Now supposedly they want an invoice number. What is all this about, Mr. Gates?
Mrs. Linda Harms

Sat, Mar 12, 2005 Gill Bates 1 SoftMicro Yaw

hey how 'bout storing out the isuues with RIS and HAL's it realy sucks having to make 11nty million identical builds coz of varied HAL's ....how about making a microsoft equivalent of the CCIE....anyone can get an mcse... give us something more challenging 2 do

Mon, Mar 7, 2005 Tom Calgary

Please Uncle Bill, give us a scaled down version of Windows Server to make life easier. Same with Windows XP, for North America.

Also, reinstate all those MCSE4's you nixxed, or at least bring back the 70-240 exam so I don't have to burn so much time studying and writing 7 exams.

Thu, Mar 3, 2005 Esteban Anonymous

Hi, congratulation.
Now you are a roun knight.
I hope I can do the same as you did: be the richest person in the world

Wed, Mar 2, 2005 rose auckland new zealand

hi i'm brasilian and i live in nz for five years but i have a dream to by i house but i dont have a good job bill gates can you by me a house please i will be very happy it a birthday present thank you.rose

Wed, Mar 2, 2005 Celine California

Bill Gates is cool!!!!!!!!!
I Idolize Him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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