Quo Vadis Bill?
Millennium festivities gave way to a new fascination for starry-eyed Sydney based IT industry observers, as Bill Gates spotting became a New Year obsession. The world's richest programmer was reported to have been in the town of the fire-worked coat-hanger to get an early look at Y2K.
Some Gates-spotters claimed he spent New Year's eve aboard the Packer tub, hosted by Australia's richest ISP, obviously discussing last-minute worldwide Y2K compliance issues. Although, one observer saw the mega-multi-media personalities comparing retirement plans.
Flushed with that fun-loving Australian feeling, Gates-spotting was reported at the multimedia section of the Mitchell Library, while other spotters claim the garrulous Gates was seen swapping yarns with Linux devotees on the campus of the University of Sydney.
It would appear that the fly- ing visit down under, not to mention a few words from our own Kerry, has inspired Gates to relinquish the reins of the company he founded, freeing up time to pursue other interests such as re-inventing the future for the internet.
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