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Bill Gates gives up Facebook Account - Says Stop Poking Me

Bill Gates was forced to give up on the social networking account on Facebook after too many people wanted to be his friend.

Bill Gates said he had tried out Facebook but ended up with "10,000 people wanting to be my friends".

He revealed the problem to an audience in New Delhi, India as he was honoured for his charity work.

Mr Gates said he was always confused to figure out whether he "knew this person, did I not know this person".

"It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up," Mr Gates told the business forum.

Mr Gates was in the Indian capital to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, awarded by the government for his work for the charitable organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation, built by his massive fortune, has committed almost $US 1 billion ($1.22 billion) to health and development projects in India, targeting AIDS and polio.

Mr Gates also confided to the audience that he was "not that big at text messaging" and that "I'm not a 24-hour-a-day tech person".

"I read a lot and some of that reading is not on a computer," he said.

Mr Gates, who sought to drive a vision of a computer on every desk and in every home, said the information technology revolution had been "hugely beneficial" but added: "All these tools of tech waste our time if we're not careful."

The homes of Tech Czars

All that makes tech billionaires have in common, of course other than their fat bank accounts are Larger-than-life Palatial Homes. Spread over hundreds of acres, these stunningly beautiful houses, eye-popping extras, stand as testimony to their owners' deep pockets.

Here's peeping into the houses of technology czars: homes with music-system fitted pools, lakes, five-level terraced lawns and also a legal battle to boasts of.

1. Bill Gates

The former chief architect of world's biggest software company Bill Gates lives in 66,000 square feet house built situated on the edge of lake Washington. The address is 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, WA 98039.

The house is famous for its design and the technology it incorporates. Nicknamed Xanadu 2.0, Gates reportedly purchased several pieces of land and houses and built this house adjoining all those. Much of the house is built underground into the hill, so the house looks smaller than it actually is.

The house built in the Pacific lodge style has many marvels including the 17-by-60-foot swimming pool has an underwater music system and a floor painted in a fossil motif. Swimmers can dive under a glass wall and emerge outdoors by a terrace.

Then there's ornate, paneled library with a domed reading room with oculus (light well), fireplace, and two secret pivoting bookcases, one containing a bar. It's the fitting home for Leonardo da Vinci's 16th-century notebook, the Codex Leicester, which Gates bought for $30.8 million.

The 20-seat art deco theater is outfitted with plush chairs, couches, and a popcorn machine. Towering Douglas fir beams support the stainless-steel roof and are surrounded by walls of glass, concrete, and stone. While much of the house is buried into the hillside, windows on the lakefront side provide views of Seattle to the west. There are 84 steps down from the entrance to the ground floor.

2. Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle

The flamboyant chief executive officer of Oracle Corp has been in buzz for spending nearly $200 million on near a dozen properties in posh Malibu town of US.

Ellison's Japanese-style imperial villa includes a traditional tea house, bath house, gardens, several ponds and waterfalls. The house also has Japanese screens and two Japanese flooring rooms.

The house has a man-made 2.3-acre lake and with extensive seismic retrofit.

The exquisite 23-acre property is located in Woodside, California, one of the most expensive areas in the US.

3. Steve Jobs, CEO , Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' 17,000 square feet 14-bedroom Jackling House in Woodside, California is reported to be worth $5.4 billion. The 30-room Spanish Colonial home dates back to 1926. The home was built for copper baron Daniel C Jackling, who revolutionised the refinement of copper and founded the Utah Copper Company. In 1984, Jobs purchased the mansion designed by George Washington Smith.

Jobs lived in this house for about 10 years. Jobs initially wanted to demolish the mansion; however, he lost his bid to demolish the Woodside mansion that preservationists call a historical treasure.

Jobs bought the house in 1984 but haven’t lived there for a decade, as he wanted to tear it down and build a new, smaller unit that would be more appropriate for his family. They now live in Palo Alto.

Preservationists cried foul and said the house should be protected. A group calling itself Uphold Our Heritage sued the city to stop the demolition.

4. Michael Dell, founder and CEO, Dell

The house of Michael Dell in Austin, Texas is said to be one of the largest house in the world, and one of the most expensive houses built in Texas.

Built in 1997, Dell's 33,000-square-foot mansion is set on a 20-acre spread; a stone's throw from Dell's headquarter. It is known locally as `the castle', courtesy its high walls and tight security.

The house has 8 bedrooms and bathrooms, 13 half baths, a conference room, an exercise room, an indoor pool and outdoor pool, cabanas, a five-level terraced lawn and a stunning view of lake Austin.

Dell's mansion reportedly became a bone of contention between Dell and city appraisers, who assessed the value at $22.5 million. This left Michael Dell with a property tax bill of more than a $500,000. The dispute was finally settled for $12 million.

5. Paul Allen, co-founder , Microsoft

Co-founder of world's largest software company Microsoft, Paul Allen has one of the largest privately-owned super yachts in the world called Octopus. Wondering what is it doing in the tech titans' home list? Allen's Yatch is as good as a home. Read on to find out.

The mega yacht is said to have cost Paul Allen over $200 million. Octopus has a full-time crew of 60, including former Navy Seals. Designed by the world's famous company Espen Oino Naval Architects, German shipbuilders LUrssen and HDW has made its exterior. The interior of the Octopus was designed by American designers Jonathan Quinn Barnett and Christian Grevstad from Seattle.

Allen's Octopus features two helipads on the top deck (one in front and one on the back, each with a helicopter), a sixty-three foot tender docked in the transom, seven boats, a pool on one of the upper decks, a basketball court, and two submarines: one a ground crawler operated by remote control for studying the bottom of the ocean and the other a 10-man vessel with the capacity to sleep eight for up to two weeks underwater. Side hatches at the water line form a dock for jet skis.

In 2003, when Paul Allen got Octopus built, it was the world's largest yacht.

6. Master George Lucas, creator of Star Wars

George Lucas is the man credited of bringing technology to big screens. The creator of Star Wars series bought a land north of San Francisco in 1978 which he named Skywalker Ranch.

Ever since then the famous filmmaker has spiced up the space with new additions. Today, the place is headquarters of Lucas's business operations. The 4,700-acre land has a huge lake called Ewok and several kinds of animals and vineyards. There's a fruits and vegetable garden that also caters to the on-site restaurant. The fitness centre has racquetball courts and an outdoor swimming pool. There's also a hilltop observatory, a 300-seat theater called The Stag, multiple-theater screening rooms. The parking lot is mostly concealed underground to preserve the natural landscape.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "assembled parcel by parcel since September 1978, Skywalker Ranch has cost Lucas up to $100 million."

Source: IndiaTimes

Reasons that make Geeks Sexy

You thought software Geeks are just good at cracking computer codes? Time to add some more feathers on the `Geeky caps’. Other than their technical prowess, Geeks are also said to be best when it comes to sex. So revealed a recent study by specialist PlayStation 3 site.

Similarly, the site too lists 29 reasons that explain why geeks are sexy. Here are top 20 from the same.

Flawless Code!
Geeks are great baby makers: Their genetic CODE is flawless and clean!

Have fun hobbies! 
Geeks have fun hobbies: Who doesn't like to play Halo 3 all day? 

Are athletic!
Geeks are athletic: Lugging 50+lbs of PC gear to a LAN party takes skill and muscles! 

Are plain smart!
Geeks are smart: They tutor math and science just to kill time between gaming!

Get fat salaries! 
Geeks make good money: Especially if you work for Google, Microsoft or..., it's a long list.

Are diverse!
Geeks are diverse: Comic books, PC games, C++ programming OH MY!!

Are multi-lingual!
Geeks are multi-lingual: C++, UNIX, HTML, PASCAL and MIPS are just the tip of the iceberg of the languages they know. 

It's in demeanour!
Geeks look good: Our farmers tan will definitely get your attention. 

Know how to have fun!
Geeks know how to have fun: Dungeons & Dragons and World of Warcraft are like skydiving for them.

Dress well (mostly)!
Geeks know how to dress: Glasses and pocket protectors are the new black! 

Hook pretty!
Geeks always end up with a pretty girl: If you don’t believe, just go and rent `Revenge of the Nerds'. 

Are whizkids (again mostly)!
Geeks win every science fair: What 6th grade Geek can’t build a semi-nuclear conductor?

Technically proficient!
Geeks are technically proficient: What isn’t sexy about being able to defrag a hard drive or install RAM? 

Are well-behaved!
Geeks are well-behaved: Can you sit in front of a computer for hours? (Most of the time par-taking in harmless activity) 

Know what to read!
Geeks were reading Kama Sutra: When jocks were out playing sports!