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August 16, 2007

What If Bill Gates's Signature Was On Our Software?

You can file this one under "crazy", but I thought of something today. If you look at any Mercedes-Benz, you may notice that in the corner of the front windshield is the signature of Gottlieb Daimler, founder of an antecedent to today's company. The signature is just a sticker that you can buy for $3.50, but you must suspect that as the masses in Stuttgart toil away building the cars, they are at least somewhat inspired towards quality because the car will bear Daimler's signature.

So I had this geniotic idea that Microsoft should put Bill Gates's signature on all of our software. Just a small tasteful version on the back of the product box (Bill is of course on his way out at Microsoft, but it's certainly his company; for that matter, Daimler's been dead for over 100 years and nobody seems to worry about that). Would this inspire us all to produce better software, so as not to disgrace the name of Bill? I sure don't think it would hurt. AND how long before Steve Jobs tried the same thing?

Posted by AdamBa at August 16, 2007 08:37 PM

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Seems like a silly gimmick to me. I suspect that the signature on a Daimler car is based on something that started with the man himself and was burned into the company DNA. That is not the sort of thing one can add in later after the fact.

Posted by: Alfred Thompson at August 16, 2007 11:06 PM

this would be cool in countries like India and China where Gates is very respected and revered like a legend.

Posted by: Sid Singh at August 16, 2007 11:29 PM

Stick it on the loading screen for Windows instead - when was the last time you looked at the box the software came in?

Posted by: Massif at August 17, 2007 04:44 AM

Didn't the original Mac have thesignatures of its designers inside the case? I believe that the NeXT cube had something similar. (And the Mac SE had a picture of its designers in its ROM.)
So, I believe that Jobs has probably already beaten you to the punch.

Posted by: Mike Swaim at August 17, 2007 06:22 AM

What about MSN, Windows Live, Office Live, XBox Live, or Zune.net? How do you put a signature on a web service?

Posted by: Phil at August 17, 2007 07:47 AM