William Henry Gates III, software designer, billionaire, philanthropist and world's most powerful nerd, is hanging up his pocket protector today, officially retiring from his role as Microsoft Chairman. He will now have more time to dedicate to his many charitable pursuits, shopping for ill-fitting sweaters, and presumably rolling around in giant piles of money.
I'm a Mac guy, and I think PCs are the devil. But I must grudgingly acknowledge Gates' significance. The man helped create personal computing, and also seems like a pretty decent human being to boot. Whatever you think of Gates, or his software, this is indeed the end of an era.