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One of the most iconic photos from the history of Microsoft, featuring a lanky young Bill Gates perched next to his coding mentor (the way he tells it) Paul Allen, has been recreated at Seattle's Living Computing Museum. Bill Gates and Paul Allen 1981 Stand back ladies, form a line In a 1981 publicity shot for the then …

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Anonymous Coward

Either that or he's just finished cleaning the local church.

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Unhappy

Sat further apart in new photo

Is it telling that they are sat further apart in the new photo - perhaps some bridges can't be repaired.

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Meh

I better now and then shot would've been...

... Brand new computers with windows 8 touchscreen monitors - would've doubled as a marketing opportunity too.

Surely by the "then" picture being them as they were with the computers of the day then the same should be true of the "now"?

... I appreciate they were in a museum of old tech at the time and there was an opportunity to try and recreate it but generally "now" and "then" photos aren't "now with bits of then" and "then with all of then".

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Happy

Didn't have much time for Mr Gates until I saw Pirates of Silicon Valley, where both Gates and Allen are painted a rather tragic, put-upon figures fighting injustice ans Jobs set as a as a manical psychotic!

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Love that film, although I thought it portrayed Gates as someone who would fuck anyone over to get the result he wanted, Steve Jobs as the crazy maniacal business genius - all sharp suits and smooth talk - who shouts at people until he gets what he wants - the scene where he reams out a developer at 3 in the morning is class - and Woz as a out of his depth techy slowly going mad under Job's thumb.

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Stop

Stand back ladies, form a line

Right on dude. What woman could possibly be attracted to these billionaires.

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Anonymous Coward

Allen felt Gates was trying to dilute shareholding?

"In December 1982, when Allen was sick with cancer, he overheard Gates and Ballmer discussing his lack of contributions and how to dilute his equity by offering stock options to other employees and shareholders. Allen confronted them and quit a little bit later." link

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Computers in the recreated photograph

Back row, L-R : Apple II (Serial no. A252-223242) with two Apple disk II (Serial nos. 663608 and 1028507) and TMC S9 Picture Monitor (Serial no. 1098) ; Intertec Superbrain (Serial no. 355129) [Replacing the original photograph's Datapoint 8200].

Front row, L-R : Sanyo MBC-550 (Serial no. 18221141) with Panasonic RGB monitor (Serial no. EC3430061) and keyboard (Serial no. 18221149) [Replacing the original photograph's NEC PC-8001] ; Zenith Data Systems Z-19 (Serial no. J128P106) ; Commodore Pet (Serial no. 0010850) ; and TRS-80 I (Serial no. 355129) with monitor and expansion unit.

I'm fascinated by how interested and even emotional people are about this recreated photograph. The substituted computers are of the same era and also ran Microsoft software.

Cynde

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is that a Z89?

The terminal in front of Allen looks like a Zenith Z89 CPM machine.

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Happy

Quite similar?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_Card_F

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WTF?

Black & White Photo in 1981!?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/wtf_32.pngFor F***'sake...WE HAD COLOUR BACK THEN...AND I'M SURE THEY USED COLOUR FILM FOR THIS PHOTO!

Nothing like making people from 1981 feel old before their time.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/megaphone_32.pngAND AS FOR 2013 PHOTO WE ARE NO LONGER USING KODACHROME FILM...WE HAVE 20MP COLOUR NOW!!!

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32 years, $100 Billion+ paycheques...and STILL NO HAIR COMB!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_up_32.png http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/pint_32.png $100 Billion+ between them, and neither one of them own a hair brush or comb.

The No #1 Reason to be a billionaire... you can finally be you...anyway you like... you just have to spend most of that money getting any privacy.

I LOVE THESE GUYS http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/happy_32.png

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