Tim Paterson sells software to Microsoft for $75k that goes on to generate billions

Tim Paterson sells software to Microsoft for $75k that goes on to generate billions

When IBM approached Microsoft seeking a 16-bit operating system, the company had to scrape around to put one together. Rather than writing a new one from scratch, they made overtures to Tim Paterson’s Seattle Computer Products for its existing 86-DOS (aka QDOS) system. Microsoft bought a non-exclusive license for $25,000. The following year it paid…

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US Supreme Court says Microsoft isn’t liable for the barren sex lives of Xbox owners

US Supreme Court says Microsoft isn’t liable for the barren sex lives of Xbox owners

  The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Microsoft in a lawsuit brought by gamers who claim their ability to get girlfriends has been severely hampered as a result of owning an Xbox.   The suit claims the Xbox console is so addictive that many high frequency users now struggle to get laid having never developed…

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Gary Kildall misses out on becoming the richest man in the world

Gary Kildall misses out on becoming the richest man in the world

  Way back in the summer of 1980, representatives from IBM reached out to a group of computer nerds at a company called Digital Research Inc. based in California. Their aim was to commence talks about licensing DRI’s all-conquering operating system CP/M.   Legend has it that rather than take the call, DRI’s founder Gary…

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Ross Perot walks away from the chance to buy Microsoft

Ross Perot walks away from the chance to buy Microsoft

By 1962, Ross Perot had become a huge name in the world of tech by founding Electronic Data Systems, a company that was later to become a division of Hewlett Packard. EDS supplied computer systems to corporations and government departments and Mr. Perot enjoyed great success after investing an initial $1000 in his new venture….

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