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May 13, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
Amid the half-naked women gyrating onstage at a Lords of Acid rock concert, the heart and soul of Microsoft's multibillion-dollar gamble for the future is dragged from the audience, strapped to an S&M bondage wall and repeatedly struck on the backside with a whip. * And he loves it. While Bill Gates' khakis and oversized glasses made the nerd look de rigueur for the '90s, today's cool marker is James "J" Allard, whip marks and all.
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May 13, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, P.J. Huffstutter is a staff writer in The Times' Business section. Her last story for the magazine was a profile of Henry T. Nicholas III, chief executive of Broadcom Corp
THE BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE TO HIT SEATTLE IN HALF a century crashes through the Microsoft conference room, jarring the real world like a smash-'em-up video game. Ceiling tiles rattle angrily over the heads of the businessmen frozen around a polished oak table. Fluorescent lights, dangling by slender wires, swing wildly. Walls sway like computer programmers exhausted after a 72-hour coding binge.
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