Joy, Gates, Java

You have to read this piece here in Slate by Paul Boutin. Great fun. Nice to see Bill Joy out there talking (haven't heard much from him lately). But check out the quote from Gates when confronted with a nifty plan to deal with Sun's Java technology:

I [Boutin] e-mailed [Bill] Joy recently to ask what happened to Java and run-anywhere software, and he replied with one word: "Microsoft." (Microsoft is Slate's corporate parent.) As the Wall Street Journal reported back in 1999, Bill Gates sided with Microsoft "hawks" who supported a vigorous defense of the Windows operating system against the inroads of OS-independent software. In a presentation called "Java Is Our Destiny," one Microsoft dove suggested that Microsoft make "a graceful exit" from Windows. According to the Journal, Gates reportedly suggested that he "join the Peace Corps."

Love the Peace Corps bit, Bill. The "dove" and "hawks" references aren't bad, either.
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