Bill Gates - The Cosmo Nerd
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 96 16:05:19 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Bill Gates - The Cosmo Nerd
Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <email@example.com>
Forwarded-by: Chris Small <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Exerpts from Cosmopolitan, Aug. 1993...
"Men in the industry are also young and exciting. Microsoft's chairman,
Bill Gates -- thirty-seven and worth more than six billion dollars --
founded his company when he was a mere nineteen. There are *some* classic
nerds,..., but many in the field are intelligent and *hunky*! ... And a
woman who sparkles when she's discussing megabytes and hard drives can have
her pick of the pack." Alongside the article was a "CompuSpeak Glossary"
in bold caption it said "Communicate with handsome computer jocks in *their
language*. " It then listed 16 terms (a power of 2, wow!) I'll define a
few for you.
Programming language -- The specialized words and symbols,
known as *code*, used to create software programs.
Software, or programs -- software comes on diskettes and makes
computers work. Without programs, computers can do very
Multimedia -- programs with moving pictures and sound that run on
fast, latest-generation PCs.
Nerd -- Formerly a derogatory term, now used with pride by computer
fanatics and masters.
[The "Stud Muffins of Science" calendar was the first obvious assimilation
warning I saw, but this article ran almost three years ago... Here's a
book-review from a long-time Cosmo reader:
"Its never two late for those computer geek egg-heads to see the
lite and develop there hunky side. We have to memorize a coupla
hard words so's we can talk to them, but its worth it--after all,
© 1996 Peter Langston