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Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft by G. Pascal Zachary

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THE KING OF CODE

No matter how rich and powerful Bill Gates became, his mother still enjoyed telling of her failure to impress upon him the virtue of neatness.

Gates was the only son of a wealthy and successful Seattle family. His mother, Mary, was the scion of a Northwest banking titan and a politically connected regent of the University of Washington. His father, William II, was a prominent downtown lawyer.

Bright and willful, Gates often defied his parents as a child. Born on October 28, 1955, he shared with the rest of the baby boom generation a taste for sloppiness. His boyhood room was, in a word, messy. This worried his parents, who repeatedly insisted he tidy up. He refused.

Mary punished Gates for his messiness, removing the items ...

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