Bob Wallace, inventor of shareware, dies at 53
What I hadn’t realised was that he was one of the first Microsoft employees, with 400 of the original shares. He was also the first person to leave Microsoft with stock. John Markoff’s obit hints at Bob’s counter-culture side. He was, er, very interested in mind-altering substances, and once broke into a building site with Bill Gates in order to engage in some unauthorised driving of bulldozers. Whether Billg was likewise anaesthesised is not recorded. Wonder what he died of. His wife mentions an autopsy.