In a pre-call for the TechRepublic Webcast “Email Security for Any Business,” Chad Perrin, Michael Kassner, and I discussed the idea of going back in time and changing the direction of the IT industry — kind of a “Terminator” situation, as it were. We all laughed about it, but I think it’s an interesting idea topic to consider.

There are so many things that could have been different. For instance, what if Bill Gates completed college rather than start Microsoft? What if the ideas generated at XEROX’s PARC were turned into products by the people who conceived them? What if UNIX had not edged out mainframes? What if HTML had remained relegated to academics passing around papers?

So, if you could go back in time and make one change to the history of IT, what would it be? Post your answer to the discussion thread. Also, take this quick poll about IT history.


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.