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RIP Bill Hill, inventor of ClearType

I just learned from Microsoft's +Jeff Sandquist that Bill Hill, inventor of Cleartype, font smoothing technology that we all use today, died of a heart attack. Jeff's post is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffsandquist/posts/10151865227918484

Here's one of the interviews he did with me, where he forced me to change my perspective. http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TheChannel9Team/Bill-Hill-A-Hike-Around-Microsofts-Forests-Happy-Birthday-Video-5

That got me to record this thank you to him: https://soundcloud.com/scobleizer/rip-bill-hill-inventor-of

He was my first interview on Channel 9, a Microsoft site that I was the video talent for. I went around Microsoft's campus with a $250 camcorder and Bill responded to a blog I wrote, asking for people who had interesting Microsoft stories.

He escaped poverty in his homeland of Scotland by reading voraciously. He told me he visited the library to escape his family's situation, and became the first in his family to go to university thanks to his curiosity about live and his love of learning. I also love that he never forgot his homeland, always was seen wearing a kilt.

Thank you Bill for improving our lives!

Here's the first interview I did with him, where he said Windows is not the most important OS: http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TheChannel9Team/Bill-Hill-Windows-is-not-the-most-important-OS

So sad to lose another one of our greats but he played a key role in helping me learn to live my life better and he certainly made my screens more enjoyable to read. Thank you Bill!
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RIP Bill Hill. Thank you for your invaluable contribution(s).  Thank you for sharing Robert.
 
Thank you Bill for all your contributions and for allowing us to see fonts is there best light!  You will be sadly missed.
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ClearType really was something very innovative.  That's the kind of thing that should be patented, not rounded corners.
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That patent is very well deserved.  And good on him for licensing it out so everyone benefits.
 
It's always a shame to hear of the passing of people who impacted our world so much with so little recognition.
 
Most of the time, the ones that have little recognition are the only people who seem to be able to actually make the biggest impact. It's kind of like hiding until your job is done and you know it's going to work. He did it for himself and I am sure for others too, but I mean for his life. It seems also that every time someone finally does do something great, that's when they leave us, I guess his work was done on this planet, off to better and bigger things.
 
R.I.P Bill Hill, thank you for your ingenious contributions to making the internet a beautiful place. 
 
Still vividly remember watching the Bill Hill interviews; inspiring stuff.
 
I remember your interview Robert. I was a PM in Office at that time and I had the opportunity to visit Bill's office where he demoed us a super high res IBM display (at that time it was probably $20K) and a projector on the wall used a second screen. An inspiring man.
 
I remember that interview well too from my days when I used http://channel9.msdn.com/ forums; he was an interesting guy; I was spaced out by all the dot.com tech stuff - asp, asp.net, linux, java.... etc ( web technologies ) - and Bill Hill comes along and says effectively "Homo sapiens 1.0 - The world's most important operating system" - I got my bearings back. 
 
"They used to point their finger at IBM and laugh, now they've become the thing they despised." - Bill Hill
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