Access to variable from external imported module

jim-on-linux inq1ltd at
Sat Nov 25 01:19:33 CET 2006

The TRS-80 I bought came with both Basic and 
Assembly Language teaching guides, and that was 
it. To make the machine work one had to program.
I didn't mean to imply that Bill Gates developed 
it. It's well known that MS borrowed stuff when 
they needed to from where ever the could get it.
That's business.

I'm not an MS fan but Bill Gates was the one who 
gave away a very cheep, borrowed but improved, 
copy of DOS to computer sellers. These copies  
could also be copied to floppies (8 inch). So, 
DOS 3.3 was used by computer sellers, to install 
DOS on the buyers machine, (intel 286) free.

On the other hand, IBM sold the same package for 

I got the free copy of MS 3.3 with my 286.

After that, Windows 3.0 cost me $25.00,
                Windows 3.1 cost me $30.00,
                DOS upgrade from3.3 to 6.22 cost 
                me $55.00.
Since then I purchased Win 95, $100.00
                             and Win 98. $125.00.
And, all for testing software that I produced for 
people that use that stuff.  
Bill Gates probably can't program any software to 
write "Hello World" on any screen, but I'll bet 
he knows how to fill out a deposit ticket.

I think Bill Gates recognize early that the money 
is in the marketing of the product, not the  
programming of it. How else can you explain the 
success of Windows, like it or not?


On Friday 24 November 2006 17:18, Dennis Lee 
Bieber wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Nov 2006 16:56:58 -0500,
> jim-on-linux <inq1ltd at>
> declaimed the following in comp.lang.python:
> > That was when bill gates just left Harvard,
> > basic was brand new, and 4k of memory was
> 	Pardon? I'd learned BASIC back around 1972, in
> the 9th grade, using an ASR-33 with dial-up to
> some company's Honeywell-Bull system.
> 	BASIC is one of the ancients in languages,
> predating Pascal and C.
> 	Just because Gates managed to scrabble
> together a BASIC interpreter for the MITS
> Altair, and then had it picked up by other
> makers of 8080/Z-80 based "microcomputers"
> doesn't make it "brand new". (Personally, I
> suspect he hasn't done any programming ever
> since that day, and is probably still trying to
> find some way to sue Kemeny&Kurtz (sp?s) over
> their own creation)
> --
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