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A youngish man who looks like a graduate student sits on the door of his unpretentious dormlike room spooning noodles from a plastic container His glasses are smudged his clothes are wrinkled and his hair is tousled like a boys Yet this is an office not a dorm room And while everyone calls the complex of 25 buildings a campus it is not a college or university It is the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond Washington And the person is no grad student He is William H Gates III chief executive and co-founder of Microsoft Mr Gates has changed the way we live through his first computing experience the roots of his business career and the birth of Microsoft Early on in life it was apparent that Bill Gates inherited the ambition intelligence and competitive spirit that had helped him rise to the top in his chosen profession In elementary school he quickly surpassed all of his peers abilities in nearly all subjects especially math and science His parents recognized his intelligence and decided to enroll him in Lakeside a private school known for its intense academic environment This decision had far reaching effects on Bill Gates life For at Lakeside Bill Gates was first introduced to computers In the spring of 1968 the Lakeside prep school decided that it should acquaint the student body with the world of computers Computers were still too large and costly for the school to purchase its own Instead the school had a fundraiser and bought computer time on a DEC PDP-10 owned by General Electric A few thousand dollars were raised which the school figured would buy more than enough time to last into the next school year However Lakeside had drastically underestimated the allure this machine would have for a hand full of young students Bill Gates and a few other Lakeside students immediately became inseparable from the computer They would stay in the computer room all day
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