Vista aside, 2008 is shaping up to be a considerably better year for Microsoft than 1998. While the world gets swept up in Bill Gates nostalgia, let's not forget the Gates that earned the respect, contempt, and fear of a generation of entrepreneurs. While no one looks good in a deposition video (and of course looking good isn't the goal of the deponent) Gates' 1998 deposition sticks in my mind as a rare look into the ruthlessness of Microsoft. I got some first-hand experience later. Good times.