Feeds

Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

Zune child abuse continues

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Bill's better half, Melinda Gates, is no fan of Apple's magical and revolutionary tablet.

"Of course not," Ms. Gates told The New York Times when asked if she owned an iPad.

There's no love for Apple products at Chez Portes. When asked about the persistent urban myth that her hubby uses an Apple laptop, the co-chairwoman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation replied "False," adding with a mildly convoluted understanding of architectural detail: "Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep."

Back in March 2009, she told Vogue: "There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household...But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids."

Her anti-all-things-Cupertinian conviction continues. When the NYT asked her how she responds when young 'uns Jennifer, Rory, or Phoebe ask for an iPod, she told her interlocutor: "I have gotten that argument — 'You may have a Zune.'"

Melinda's old man, Bill, seems more conflicted about Apple than his missus. Late last year he had kind words for Steve Jobs, saying that The Wall Street Journal's person of the decade had "made Apple back into being an incredible force in doing good things."

That's nice. But love for Jobs' products? Not so much: "There's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, 'Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it,'" Gates told CBS shortly after the tablet was announced, but before its thunderously successful launch.

By the way, Gates' assessment of the iPad was eerily reminiscent of his verdict on the iPod, which he delivered to BusinessWeek in 2004: "There's nothing that the iPod does that I say, 'Oh, wow, I don't think we can do that.'"

That was two years before the release of Microsoft's supposed "iPod killer," the Zune — and we all know how well that went.

Today, the Zune and its kin (pardon the pun), are pretty much history — which means that Melinda Gates need not worry about waiting through production backlogs when foisting the doomed device on her sheltered progeny. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.