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Originally published Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Gates draws a chuckle over his "Davos Doodles"

Bill Gates poked fun yesterday at the ruckus that a page of his scribblings caused at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...

Seattle Times technology reporter

Bill Gates poked fun yesterday at the ruckus that a page of his scribblings caused at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The British press believed the "Davos Doodles" belonged to Prime Minister Tony Blair, who gave a presentation with Gates at the forum last week, and published handwriting analyses concluding that the note scribbler was a nervous person lacking natural leadership abilities.

"They said he wasn't a natural leader, he was nervous, a lot of things," Gates recounted yesterday during a speech at an Office System software-developers conference on Microsoft's Redmond campus. "Well, they forgot to check whose doodles those were. Actually they were my doodles, and so I thought I'd let you know exactly what I had (written)."

Gates displayed a page of scribbled notes on large display screens, then zoomed in for a closer look at several passages: "Why does Bill Clinton get to sit next to Angelina Jolie?" the first said. The next said "I miss Clippy," and included a drawing of the animated paper clip that provided user tips in older versions of Office.

Gates then got down to business and pitched new tools that simplify the creation of custom software based on Office. He also pitched the system of Office products as a way to give workers better access to data on their networks, and said that a new version of Microsoft's SQL database software will be released this summer.

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