Gates Spills Billionaire Beans

In the old days, any two-bit reporter could interview Bill Gates, which is why I got to talk to him. Now Gates is harder for the press to get a hold of than Dick Cheney. Newsweek got a few minutes with the big guy, who explained his decision to slowly leave the company he started some three decades ago.

As short as this interview is, this is the most I've ever seen Mr. Gates reveal himself. Bill is going to do some truly amazing things in the next decade. Here's a hint: When it comes to global warning, Bill and George W. clearly aren't on the same page.

By the way, Stephen Hawking also differs with W.

IT Punished for Break-Ins
IT can be fired, suspended or yelled at for a lot of things: buying the wrong software, stealing computers, losing the CEO's e-mail. But at Ohio University, you can be suspended for the actions of a few dirtbag hackers. When 173,000 Social Security numbers were stolen, two top IT pros were suspended while the university investigates how all this happened.

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Windows Live Exec Leaves Mysteriously
Microsoft has two categories of key employees: those that build technology and those that market it. Windows Live may have Ray Ozzie driving the train, but the marketing side was derailed with the sudden and unexplained departure of Martin Taylor. Taylor, corporate vice president, left just hours before doing press interviews, leaving Microsoft to curtly explain it "made the difficult decision to part ways with Martin." Not the vote of confidence I'd like to hear from my boss.

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Novell Execs Beat Products Out the Door
Novell top dog Jack Messman, who has a heavier finance and consulting background than tech, has been replaced by Ron Hovsepian. Messman actually brought much-needed stability to the Novell executive suite. Now it's up to Hovsepian to continue the new strategy of going head-to-head with Microsoft on the desktop.

We're going to talk to Ron soon. What should we ask him? Send your questions to dbarney@redmondmag.com!

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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