Fighting the Dark Side: Tech's Heroes and Villains

The hero and the villain. It's the age-old formula that pervades today's reality TV showdowns, the shenanigans of professional wrestling and cinematic classics like Star Wars. Tech is no different, with its passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility, and the money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted. Here's a look at tech's good guys and bad guys.

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VILLAINS: Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Ballmer doesn't have the oily self-importance of Ellison, but he does suffer from a reputation as an incompetent bully. It might just be that he is in charge of Microsoft, a company that many people would love to see fail. Microsoft's long history as a monopolistic profit hog makes the company itself more a villain than Ballmer the man, but he is the one calling the shots.

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