Maybe my defences are a bit low today because I’ve been writing about QAnon but I’m in no mood to read any more conspiracy nonsense…
And believe me: I paused a long time back there when writing the word “nonsense”. Those eight letters aren’t up to the task. I want to write “flaming pile of flatulently fizzing horseshit” but even that’s too mild. I’d need to get into grossly syphilitic bodily anatomy to convey the epic scale of the stupidity involved…
But let me back up a little.
I’ve been avoiding Twitter for a while yet ventured onto it tonight to send somebody a link to Epic Games who, for one day only, are giving away their new Total War game. I’m not exactly into strategic war games (but I could be). I just “buying” up every free game whenever I can. It makes me feel like I’m genuinely preparing to upgrade my PC next year, the year after, or… who the hell knows…
Anyway, whilst I was on Twitter doing this good deed, I noticed an interview with Bill Gates on Bloomberg. It’s not an in-depth interview but Gates is nearly always worth listening to. He understands technology, understands technology that can change the world, but also invests heavily in that technology. Call me crazy but I think he’s one of the good guys. He also is optimistic, and he said something I’ve suspected myself: that we’ll be through this crisis by the end of 2021. This was new news. I thought it worth sharing, so I retweeted the interview not thinking anything of it.
Seconds later, a reply from somebody who follows/followed me which said: “No thanks”.
To which I said: yeah? Well, fuck you then!
Or I didn’t say that. That’s only what I thought because in my inner monologue is often far filthier than anything I write down. Yet I also didn’t know what else to say. I didn’t reply. Instead I unfollowed them because I think it’s the right thing to do. There are places where disagreement becomes something else and I think this is one of those places.
I simply don’t understand the hatred towards Bill Gates.
There. I said it. I just don’t understand. Is there some truly evil thing he’s done which I don’t know about?
Is it a Microsoft thing? Hell, I’ve had issues with Microsoft throughout my life, not least the crap batteries in the Surface Pro and the generally poor design of their Surface Keyboard covers, three of mine having broken in the past 18 months with exactly the same problem (weak ribbon cable on the hinge) despite only relatively minimal wear (I do all my serious typing on my desktop).
Is it about Windows? Sure, the early versions were awful but since Windows 7 I’ve only had good things to say. I love Windows. I wouldn’t use anything else.
So, is it a nerd thing? Do people hate him because he’s not Beyonce and Kanye stylish? If so, allow me to curse some more because along with being a lot cruder, my inner monologue also dresses less fashionably than I do myself (and that’s hardly at all).
But I mean it. Is it a nerd thing? Gates fits the pattern of the antisocial coder. I’ve been one nearly all my life and understand the problem from the inside. We’re not always sociable. People can read out reticence as unfriendliness when it’s merely shyness given a twist of the curmudgeon because we’re often lost in our thoughts. Sure, he might not be overly friendly but that doesn’t mean he’s a 5G brain parasite global tracking evil genius. Does it?
Is it just about wealth? If it is, then I really don’t understand it. Gates isn’t Bezos with warehouses filled with robots armed with box cutters which they wave aggressively whenever a zero hours worker wants a whiz. As far as I know, Bill Gates has not got in the way of anybody desperately needing to urinate.
So what is it? I’m just baffled…
Yet, no doubt somebody will now accuse me of being a Microsoft bot or part of some deep state conspiracy to promote the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I wish I was! I could do with the money. As it is, Gates sits very low on my list of “things wrong with the world”. I mean, what does a guy have to do to earn any respect? Give away every penny and live under a bridge? If he’s a genuinely bad guy, then he’s doing a superb job of fooling me, though, of course, that’s precisely where we began.
I mean: that’s precisely what these evil geniuses would want me to think, wouldn’t they…