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I was reading the IT news today, as I usually do at some point during the day, and of course there were several things about the opening of the 2007 International CES in Las Vegas. The big news is that Bill Gates (Chairman at Microsoft - but if you didn't know this, I must ask: in what planet do you live?) started to talk about a "home server", a server that the average home user would have at home, to store their files and stuff like that.


Personally, I think it's a great idea to have a server at home (I do, of course), but then again, I'm not an average user, and I like spending time being my own network administrator. Gates answers to that saying that the so called "home server" will be so easy to use that there will be no need for a network administrator. That's the part I don't believe in, especially under US$ 500 like they want it to be. Let me explain myself.

Gates is promising a hardware (manufactured by others, mind you; by HP at the moment) that has recoverability to physical failures, that is easy to add storage and with easy remote access. Don't misunderstand me, that's all very feasible... but not for US$ 500. If it was, why would small companies still be spending loads of money with their servers (even having network administrators)?!

What I'm guessing here is that this new "Windows Home Server", following the traditional "Microsoft approach" where they make the software and other people make the hardware, will not be very different from what you can do today with a Windows XP, only with better wizards because it's going to be with Windows Vista (so it will also look better). If you're an average user but you'd like to have a little more than shared files, you still will need to make a choice: you will either spend a lot of time reading books and websites trying to do whatever it is that you want, or you will call that friend of yours that works with IT to help you out. Then again, if all you need is to share your files, you won't need new hardware for that, or a different product. By the way, Microsoft provides an article on how to build a home server for a Windows XP. :D

So, what I'm trying to say is that this "Windows Home Server" will be a solution nobody will need, much like the Windows XP Media Center. I also don't believe very much in cheap and packed hardware+software solutions like this. Microsoft has been trying to get these "under-500-dollars-PC" solutions to the market for a long time, together with several hardware manufacturers, but tell me if you were really able to get good PC for that price? Again, don't get me wrong, I do think that having a home server is something needed by the average user, especially now that broadband internet connection is getting cheaper and cheaper and the number of PCs per household is increasing a lot.

There is something cool about this, though. Liking it or not, Microsoft's decisions influence a bunch of other industries, and the Windows Home Server is a step to Bill Gates' plan to automate people's houses, with automated kitchen appliances and stuff like that. That is nice, and if the industry catches that part of the deal, that would be really cool. Unfortunately, I don't really think it is gonna happen that fast.

Oh, and also, before I finish, I would like to say this: I believe that Google has much more of a chance to achieve the goal of making your files accessible wherever you are (which is one of the goals of the Windows Home Server), for instance. Some people speculate that Google might be creating a new operating system for home users, and if they are (some fear, some hope), that's where my bet will be, for a home server. Right now, I think a regular (and truly good, not some Celeron powered) computer with a regular Windows XP or Vista is already good and easy enough to be a home server.

Here are some links about Bill Gates' presentation at CES, if you'd like to read more:

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2007 9:53 AM General | Back to top


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home invader.. his plan is to do u like he had u in his grip. u r addicted and have sworn to give up ur first born to billG if u stop buying his stuff.
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Well, I wouldn't put it like that, I think that's too much of a conspiracy theory. All they want is to have the market for themselves, which of course is the rule of capitalism. I'm not saying I like it, I don't - and I think MS delivers some bad products and charge a lot for it -, but it's not like that.
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see what happened to jonbenet wen she tried 4 more $$. gates responded with lethals two of them. he bot everyone of john ramsey's assos and they did what they were told. take over the Boulder house and get the master disk then hang the lil biotch..
Left by lukyk9 on Feb 19, 2007 12:15 PM

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okcyber "home server". semantix or plain talk about real stuff. not vapor ware. access graphix.not spinning a web of deceit nd violence.just stuffing competitors"daddy's meal ticket"and filming it with collar cam on unsuspecting perp.John Ramsey rem that. u held the life line and let go.. the lamp fell and crushed the kid's hed. the final straw. she was toast.in home invasion film l8er. JBR gets hers; pay per view.asian invasion.
Left by lukyk9 on Mar 02, 2007 11:53 AM

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bill gates ordered her done. in home server.is that what i take away from what i did 4gates?no money?no freedom from looking over my shoulder?one ded jonbenet w8ing 4 closure.
Left by lukyk9 on Mar 03, 2007 1:53 PM

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jbr was stuffed on orders from bill and he is cowaring in his smart homey. he will suffer the wrath of a F650 Ford truck . throw him under it.just to get his attn.
Left by stonedluk on Mar 06, 2007 11:52 AM

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more confusion about what bill gates did to get the monkey off his bak. i told the str8 truth about how i was hired to go on a secret mission for him. he acts like he had the rite to do JBR. she was b-mailing him and no end in site. of course u did billy boy. ne one that 'f's w/u stuff them. hangem hi from the ceiling of their own basement and make it appear as if she had been hung by her dad. what a plan!urs truly. lukyk9
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Wtf?i guess i owe u an explanation. Gates has enough clout to ruin most anyone. If youse hadn't already figured that out! He's connected thru the oakland chapter but he has to speak to paul allen. Allen carries water for mob.sly luky
Left by Lukyk9 aka stonedluk on Sep 04, 2012 1:18 AM

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Re: grapevine. "they" got wind of me.they're looking for me? Of course they are.its either to give me a tribute or stff me. Pick.why not give me the 10 large tall skinny guy wirh silver turqoise mr t starter kit, stole on leer while i slept.i rem being flipped over but i was drugged and couldn't react.nom de plume ,luky
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Re;jbr.spoke "venkrilwiss"wtf?oh.after rpt several times.ventriloquist. I get it!"so we could trick the bad guys."into what?hmm..mmluky
Left by Lukyk9 aka stonedluk on Sep 05, 2012 4:15 PM

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Help me w/this. Gates is immune as well j.r. Ramsey'" grow a pair!"ok?it was fun.but it wasn't real fun!bffluky
Left by Lukyk9 aka stonedluk on Sep 06, 2012 3:49 PM

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Like i said"life is sweet.(if you're bill gates)."'nuf' said? Let me extrapolate;gates can jump a chair,hit a ball and fly in boeing. Ok supe here' some kriptomite.blfstx luky
Left by Lukyk9 aka stonedluk on Sep 07, 2012 2:47 PM

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'more than bourne supremacy.i went through more crap than men in black.should any one from jo conforte's ranch they know that i'm fearless. I disarmed the bouncer and shot up the porch.xmas 96.such was the night.longfellow.luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 09, 2012 1:02 AM

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Season's gran exito.gates one ups himself! It is the epitimy of self agrandisement. Or not. 'top this.gates put target on joni.that makes him rico candidate.darius rom. phil.. luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 10, 2012 2:58 PM

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Gates come clean.there is no st of lmt on org crime w/mob rules.'youse can't run & ya'll caint hide.aut unk.fn mm luky
Left by lukyk9 on Sep 11, 2012 3:39 PM

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Ya'll..'brought youse here together to make anncement.ladies &gents. We are all of the same mind. Sue bill gates in the court of public op.the crime of hiring hit men and then after the fact attempting to kill the intruders he hired.just to make it legit citing precedence brown vs simp. Cool luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 14, 2012 1:36 AM

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Make thiis short &sweet!gates is goung to come to terms w/me.be pos. +bearer bonds.cashish cheese .hands up mother sticker this is a fuck up!show me the bunny! Woody allen style hold up.sly luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 19, 2012 1:01 AM

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Re:bill gates, balmer,ifflick;ya'll know i'm coming after you and your ilk.hanlon's razor ,luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 19, 2012 3:25 PM

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Re:jbr. Don't let your little kids grow up to be cowboys.say girl/jbr. My advice to jr. Don't be a dickhead.i wan't the cash reward.100large,wasn't it? As i recall.then you renegged later claiming someone else offered the tribute.well then lets see hmm..now is the time for all good etc. Crikets...be good luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 21, 2012 3:24 AM

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I am what i yam and dats what i yam.pop.how goes the battle?ceaser.rom emp.ffwd to here and now .yolo.hello?gb2me.luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 23, 2012 1:31 AM

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Re:jbr plan to extinguish threat. You silvio.bertolusci.emp rom.ce.gates snaps back at sil:hair plugs.gives 6.2bil to own charity.bil babies iceman vulture snake. W8ing for other shoe to explode.bill buys nato surplus warplanes attax italy.ha ha luky
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Re:jbr.warroom to get disk yacht sat sit gates guided the insertion larps.real time. Stupping &stuffing joni (to gates glee)and disarming defenders in jr's home.gates won't pay.or not! luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 25, 2012 3:36 PM

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Re:jbr. I wore an explosive collar.my mind was in limbo.jbr was tweeking my genitals and kissing my junk. Loud smacking. I cautioned her not to make noise. She said patsy taught her everything. "we're fucking!"in reply to jr upstairs yelling,"joni! what are you doing?"to my chagrine. Yolo luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Sep 28, 2012 4:44 PM

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Re:jbr was used as pawn in deadly game. Pagent was front for b-mail prostitution racket. I'm surprised no one has exposed them for what they are.aside from jr who was suspicious but kept in dark.sly luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 01, 2012 12:44 AM

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Re:jbr,too bad and somewhat disturbing.but bright side.there is none.she went out screaming. Heard @midnight by neighbor. Dismissed by local gendarmes.metal scraping concrete. Dismissed .wtf?luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 02, 2012 3:08 PM

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Re:jbr.jr wasn't there 4 the "kid".access graphics took up too much of his tx.ramsey sq. Pilot saw weakness in the foil.gates mm took advantage of inside house photos esp boiler room.lamp box stairs door etc. Modus op.kill someone using common household items.mm luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 04, 2012 3:48 PM

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Re;mo killing plan. Executed sloppily. 'coming up in mid of 15thst.'having to call and verify .'being met by short stoky otm and being led to gate.no care made to conceal. Noone heard metal scraping concrete as i placed cover bak in its recess. Someone heard! Her scream @ midnight when lamp forced her last breath out.gb2me luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 06, 2012 3:40 PM

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Re:jbr.photos are now appearing from private cache online.she was model for extreme porn. Similarity or close approximation of what she was up to.in a bedroom in a gym . W/body builder.as she was"sexploited" .no camera angles to suggest pics were from collar cam.cya luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 13, 2012 3:33 PM

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Re:jbr gone back to her maker.gates going to meet his.when he sees me.calling the shots.luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 14, 2012 2:31 AM

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Re:jbr hit plan signed off on by bill gates. None other. And viewed real tx.now 4 seasons has the disk and owns a hundred others just like him. All bil babies.big shout out! luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 20, 2012 1:35 AM

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Re:jbr movie.. Kick start $canon $9big, computer$large etc.blogsite promo.gates can pay or i play inquisitor.phillipe 15th ce.luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Oct 21, 2012 10:53 PM

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Re:jbr.err in judgement accepting job from bill gates. Try to get paid. No money. Threats and intimidation.yes. Money?no. Any suggestions?wits end.luky
Left by Lukyk9 on Jan 14, 2013 4:31 PM

# re: :O - Bill Gates said "home server"gates put out the JBR stuff n snuff
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I went kayaking lake was for nine weeks 2015 and passed gates lake Wa home I paddled up to his pier security came out of every where the bushes the weeds "Back off!"private property!"four Blue shirts one on the pier sevERAL in the yard.I went to Bellevue and MSN ha they call Matt the police public relations officer he walked me out."Bill is "Juice!"
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