Fri Jan 14 2000 06:10: OK, this is good news. I've plugged for Steve Ballmer in this space in the past, and I'm doing it again. Steve Ballmer is perfect to head up Microsoft. He's evil, he knows he's evil, and he's got a sense of humor about it. He's like the ultimate Bond villan. Gates was just some dork who tried to pretend he was a regular guy. You felt bad ridiculing him, just because it was so easy. Ballmer knows where he stands and he can take it as well as he dishes it out. Ballmer knows the score.