Saturday, April 21, 2007

Simonyi lands safely; Schadenfreude averted

Even pacifists are allowed to have revenge fantasies. I have to admit that while Charles Simonyi, who became a billionaire as the leader of the team that developed Microsoft Word and Excel, was playing space tourist, I considered a variety of scenarios involving the phrase “has encountered a fatal error.” I suspect a lot of people who use Word every day had some of the same thoughts. Happily, Simonyi is safely back on terra firma and I won’t have to feel guilty about any of those scenarios matching reality.

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