Stalking The $5 Billion Nerd

John S. Reaves may seem as far from the high-tech world as you can get. A struggling playwright in Manhattan, he spends much of his time working on experimental plays that combine dance movement and drama for the Gertrude Stein Repertory Company. But walk into his small apartment and you'd think he was running a programming school. The living room is crammed with $25,000 worth of personal-computer equipment. Yes, beneath this mild-mannered playwright's exterior beats the heart of a supernerd.

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