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Bill Gates. The Road Ahead
Chapter 1. The First Part of the Road.
I wrote my first program for a computer when I
was thirteen years old. A program tells a
computer to do something. My program told the
computer to play a game. This computer was
very big and very slow. It didn't even have a
computer screen. But I thought it was
wonderful. I was just a kid, but the computer
did everything Itold it to do. And even today,
that's what I love about computers. When I
write a good program, it always works perfectly,
every time.
The computer was our toy. We grew up with it.
And when we grew up, we brought our toy with
us. Now the computer is in our homes and in
our offices [' fisiz]. It has changed our lives
[laivz] and it is changing them again, because
now the computers arecoming together to
make a new system. In this system, computers
all over the world are beginning to work
together. Our computers will be our telephones,
our post office, our library, and our banks.

kid

(ам.)

- ребенок;

library ['laibr ri] библиотека;

When we talk about this new system, we call it
the Internet. This book will try to answer
questions about the future of theInternet –
what it will be like, and how we will use it.
Sometimes when we talk about the future of the
Internet, we call it the "Information Highway".
***
The Information Highway, when it comes, is
going to bring new ways of doing things. New
ways are strange, and sometimes people worry
about them, but they are also exciting. I'm very
happy that I will be a part of this strange new
time.worry ['w ri] беспокоиться;

I've felt this happiness and excitement before.
After I wrote that first program at the age of
thirteen, my friend Paul [p :l] Allen and I spent
a lot of time using computers. Back then
computers were very expensive. It cost forty
dollars an hour to use one. We made some of
our money during the summers, when we
worked for computer companies.

excitement -волнение;
age [ei ] - возраст;
cost - стоил;

My friend Paul knew a lot more about the
machines than I did. I was more interested in
the programs. But I learnt from him. One day in
1972, when I was sixteen and he was nineteen,
he showed me something that he was reading.
It was about a company called Intel that had a
new microprocessor [,maikr u'pr uses ] chip.

learnt [l :nt] - учился;

Amicroprocessor chip is the part of the
computer that thinks. This new one wasn't very
smart, but we wanted to see if we could write a
program for it. In the end, we made a program
for it, but we didn't make much money from it.
The next microprocessor from Intel came out in
the spring of 1974. It was much smarter than
the earlier one. When we read about it, I told
Paul that the days of thebig computers were
finished.
But it was another new idea that excited us
more. In December of that year, we saw a
picture of the Altair 8800. The Altair was a
microcomputer (a small computer) with the new
Intel microprocessor chip. When we saw that,
we thought "Oh no! People are going to write
real programs for this chip!" I was sure of this,
and I wanted to be part of it.
It took us fiveweeks of hard work, but in the
end we did it. We had a program for the Altair
and we had something more. We had the
world's first company that wrote programs for
microcomputers. In time we named it
"Microsoft."

Starting a company isn't easy. Sometimes it
means that you can't do other things that you
like. I loved college. I liked having
conversations and sharing ideas with so manysmart people. But I knew that I had to choose.
That spring, Paul decided to leave his job and I
decided to leave college. I was nineteen years
old.

Chapter 2. Beginnings.
To understand the future, it helps to look at
the past.
More then a hundred and fifty years ago, a
British man named Charles Babbage had an
idea about a machine that could work with
numbers. He wanted to make a...
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