"When a kid gets diarrhea, there's no website for that."
Do you miss Bill Gates yet? The founder of Microsoft was oft criticized during his time spent with the company he helped create, and for some, his genius wasn't truly appreciated until he retired, handing over the reins to Steve Ballmer who, let's face it, hasn't been doing a tremendous job. These days Gates is all about his charity and philanthropy work, but at the same time, he's very much in tune with the tech world, especially as it relates to uplifting the poor and underprivileged, and he's always good for a soundbite.
Zune is Dead, but Melinda Gates confirms the no Apple policy is still alive and well.
Back in June of 2011, Bill Gates conducted an interesting interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, and revealed a much more personal side of the ex-Microsoft CEO then we were used to. He opened up about his family life, an amusingly enough, he even admitted what he tells his kids when they ask Santa for an iPad. At the time Bill was adamant they were a Zune only family, but fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2012, and Zune is all but completely dead. So has this loosened up the no iDevice policy?
Members of the case modding community have long looked up to John Hanlon, aka JohnHanlon303, as more than just a friendly face; many consider him a full-fledged mentor. Earlier this year, the community learned that Hanlon suffers from incurable asbestos poisoning that leaves him with 40 percent lung capacity and recently, left him permanently unable to work. Rather than simply sending social media condolences, the modderati, with the help of several sponsors, leaped into action to try and raise funds for Hanlon. The result -- the John Hanlon Fundraiser PC -- went up for auction on eBay this afternoon and looks amazing.
From the "We're not sure how we feel about this" department: People attending the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas have a new way to get online -- homeless people. The Bartle Bogle Hegarty marketing firm has launched a non-profit drive called "Homeless Hotspots." Basically, they supply homeless Austin residents with a 4G MiFi hotspot; the homeless people wear a shirt listing their name and access info for the hotspot; and you give the homeless person a donation (which he then keeps) to use the connection.
With Bill Gates out of the picture, Microsoft and its employees didn't skip a beat in 2011 with its philanthropic efforts, raising over $100 million for more than 18,000 U.S.-based community organizations. It's the most Microsoft has ever raised as part of its employee giving campaign, in which worker donations are matched by Microsoft dollar for dollar.
While Blizzard may taketh away with one hand, it giveth away with the other: disappointed Blizzcon fans are still smarting from news of the convention's 2012 cancellation, but hardcore WoW-heads now have reason to rejoice. Through the 30th, Blizzard is auctioning off hundreds of server blades used to house World of Warcraft in its infancy. All of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
As a little update this this season’s feel-good Internet story, comedian Louis CK announced recently that his comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater” crossed $1 million in revenue in just 12 days. Louis CK opted to sell the video for just $5 online, and included no DRM of any kind. For treating them like grown-ups, the Internet has collectively risen up to give him its money, but he's not keeping all of it
As PC enthusiasts we spend much of our lives finding new and exciting ways to work the technology we love into every facet of our lives. We pay our bills, play games, keep in touch with loved ones, and do business from our computers. They are our hobby, our obsession, our passion.
As computer enthusiasts, we are not strangers to using our interest and knowledge of tech for the benefit of others. The Internet is filled with user-created and supported software that are available to all, regardless of financial need or experience level. Some of us provide education and guidance to others through forums and knowledge base sites. We donate our old or extra hardware to groups or individuals in need. Among us are the heroes who use a mouse and keyboard at work to fill invoices and write programs, then come home to don superhero capes and use these same tools to provide education, inspiration, and creative outlets for others.
Click through to view some of the many who have gone above and beyond to use their love of computers and technology to improve the lives of others.
Every geek knows who Bill Gates is, but just who is the man behind the legend? In an uncharacteristically candid interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, he describes not just his family life, but what he plans to do with his personal fortune. It might sound like an easy question to someone like you and me, but if you actually stop and think about what you would do with $56 billion (after making $28 billion in charitable donations), you’ll begin to appreciate why it’s not so cut and dry.
Hit the jump to read our summarized version, including what he tells his kids when they ask for an iPad.
Seeing as kindness isn't an officially accepted currency, we're not entirely sure how the Humble Indie Bundle continues to stay afloat, but one thing's for sure: we love it to pieces. For the uninitiated, here's the gist: you spend whatever amount you want – from one cent to your life's savings – on five great indie games. Next, you distribute your spendings among charities and game developers as you see fit. And lastly, the world becomes a better place.