Throwback: Bill Gates hacked school computer to sit in an all-girls classroom: While Gates is now one of the world’s most influential and charming personalities, it clearly seems that he was not very good at talking to girls in his younger days.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world (formerly he was at number one), is one of the biggest reformers in the technology sector in history. The philanthropic computer genius was a smart and intelligent programmer in his younger days but not many people know that he was also quite the hacker.
Well, he and his friend Paul Allen hacked their school’s computer to help gates to meet girls. Although Paul was two years older than Bill Gates, the computer love makes them partners.
hey enrolled him into classes where he was the only boy, he confessed in an interview with BBC.
The 62-year-old, who is the man behind creating the biggest software companies in the world, has shared several stories in the past with regards to hacking. A story published in The Sydney Morning Herald suggested that he was an adept hacker at a young age.
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While his ventures as a hacker were short-lived, he sure did manage to hack his way out of trouble (or into a girl’s classroom where he was the only boy) seamlessly. Gates once tried to hack the computer of a major company at the time but was caught. Following the incident, Gates, who was just 15-years-old at the time, was asked to give up computers or computing for an entire year.
But wait, that’s not the most bizarre hacking story that has been reported about the billionaire Gates. Turns out that at the age of 13, Gates had hacked his school computer to meet girls.
Sharing the incident in a BBC interview two years ago, Gates said that he along with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen hacked the school computer and fixed the scheduling software that Gates was the only boy in a class full of girls.
He said: “Paul did the computer scheduling with me. Unfortunately for him, he was two years ahead of me and he was off to college by then.”
“So I was the one who benefited by being able to have the nice girls at least sit near me. It wasn’t that I could talk to them or anything — but they were there. I think I was particularly inept at talking to girls or thinking, ‘OK — do you ask them out, do you not?’ When I went off to Harvard I was a little bit more sociable. But I was below average on talking to girls,” he added.
While Gates is now one of the world’s most influential and charming personalities, it clearly seems that he was not very good at talking to girls in his younger days. That apart, Gates has managed to revolutionise the world of computers with Microsoft and became the youngest self-made billionaire by 1987 with a total net worth of $1.25 billion.