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  • Still No iDevices at Gates' House



    Through the years, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (and, consequently, Microsoft and Apple) have seemingly enjoyed a cordial public relationship despite the intense competition that remains between the two tech giants. And while Melinda Gates - Bill's wife - has long stated publicly that there are no iPods or iPhones inside the Gates' home, persistent rumors have lingered this year regarding Bill Gates breaking down and finally purchasing an Apple laptop.

    Not true.

    As it turns out - according to the same source, Melinda Gates - Mr. Bill Gates' policy of no Apple products at home is still in full force. Nothing from Apple "crosses the threshold of our doorstep," Mrs. Gates tells Deborah Solomon of The New York Times this week. "There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household. But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids."

    An inquiring mind, Solomon wanted to know if the Gates' home reflects a larger mentality - isn't there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft? "Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh," Mrs. Gates responded. "Go talk to Bill."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Still No iDevices at Gates' House started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. SkeleDork's Avatar
      SkeleDork -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I know this sounds ignorant of me but I always felt that Bill was such a dork! I couldn't believe it when he got married... I feel sorry for his kids and wife!
      Hey! There is nothing wrong with being a dork. Besides he is a geek not a dork. LOL
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I'm not that surprised as someone told me that Bill doesn't let his family own an Apple product.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I know this sounds ignorant of me but I always felt that Bill was such a dork! I couldn't believe it when he got married... I feel sorry for his kids and wife!
      Yeah that is pretty ignorant of you. Considering how much money Bill has, how mellow he seems to be, and how much he gives to humanitarian efforts and charities there is a lot more to him than just the dorky exterior. I am sure his wife and kids have absolutely fantastic lives. There is more to life than material things, after all. I personally put memories and life experiences far and away above any material item that I currently own. After I pass on it just becomes junk for the landfill.

      You would have to want to get to know Bill as a person first instead of just assuming what he is like based on what you have seen of him through the media.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      I am sure their kids have Apple products. Probably stashed at a friends house. That's what I'd do if I was their kid. Don't get my wrong. MS has a bunch a good stuff but apple just has a little more.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      First good chuckle in a few weeks!
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Attachment 477689
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Lol, that's funny! Did you make that yourself?
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      If my dad was the CEO of Ferrari, I wouldn't drive a Lamborghini. I'd take pride in my dad's work, and my dad's competitors would become my competitors.
      Ermmm, Lambo to Ferrari? Ha. Winmo vs iPhone is like a Lambo vs a bicycle made of white dog turds with no wheels.

      A Zune vs an iPod is even worse.

      Gates is rich. Gates did alot of things right in his life, but on this one, he needs to sit back and enjoy an icy cold glass of haterade.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Yeah that is pretty ignorant of you. Considering how much money Bill has, how mellow he seems to be, and how much he gives to humanitarian efforts and charities there is a lot more to him than just the dorky exterior. I am sure his wife and kids have absolutely fantastic lives. There is more to life than material things, after all. I personally put memories and life experiences far and away above any material item that I currently own. After I pass on it just becomes junk for the landfill.

      You would have to want to get to know Bill as a person first instead of just assuming what he is like based on what you have seen of him through the media.
      Why don't you get a room and take this love in somewhere "private".
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Here kids, no no no... It's not the iPhone, it's the Droid X! Yaaaaa!!! Is this the #1 phone in the market today daddy?

      Heh, dont daddy ALWAYS get you the BEST? YES!
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by rryyddeerr View Post
      this is so funny.
      how many households do you ding dongs think would actually have to be policed by daddy gates to successfully ban a specific brand?

      besides, the equipment available to people with that kind of money is above and beyond anything pushed toward the mass market. give me a break. the gates kids dont give a **** about apple, or whatever they might not be allowed to have.
      Truth.

      People actually think that they can have the same thing that the REALLY well to do have.
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      I would use both if I were Bill. That way you get to know your opponent really well.

      After all I remember when Bill said in an interview the iPad was a non-starter.

      He should be using one to understand the appeal of one and whisper into Balmer's ear.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by LSZ33 View Post
      Looks like they're a bunch of haters for making such a rule. If it's a good product, support it. They're already rich so what would it matter? If windows, makes good products, support them as well.
      What it sounds like, but I think it's for public image. Thee windows guys with an apple product would make some people wonder whether windows is better or not. It's more than a money issue, or what actually works better
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Lol, that's funny! Did you make that yourself?
      Nah. Just stumbled on it a couple weeks ago and thought it was hilarious. Especially the fake smiles these two plant on each other when deep down they would like to chop the others testicles off.

    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      I'd hate to see how Bill will discipline his kids if they did bring an iPhone home. "No more $1 million a week pocket money for you. Now go to your room, the maid will bring up your dinner later which will be made in the Microsoft Oven 1.1 rather than Microsoft Oven 5.3.".
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      I feel sorry for the Gates kids, no idevices. So I wonder when his kids go through that rebalous stage. Will they go to the Apple Store?
      I laughed at the end of this
    1. azraeil's Avatar
      azraeil -
      Funny thread. An iPhone/Mac forum talking about why a Microsoft Billionaire's kids should use an iPhone/iPod/Mac ... Does it make you feel better if they do? Does it make you sad that they don't?

      Who gives a c**p.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by azraeil View Post
      Funny thread. An iPhone/Mac forum talking about why a Microsoft Billionaire's kids should use an iPhone/iPod/Mac ... Does it make you feel better if they do? Does it make you sad that they don't?

      Who gives a c**p.
      No different than some of the articles i've read on this site about where Steve Jobs ranks in terms of the richest people in the world.....or how much money Steve made in the 1st quarter of the year.....or Apple's earnings over the last 10 years.....or Steve getting busted with ninja stars at an airport.....or Verizon iphone rumors that have no legitimate supporting facts...only rumors.

      Who gives a crap? Right?