Tale of the Tech CribsAs Bernie Madoff shuffles off to prison for eternity, the government has busily been seizing the places he called home: a $7.5 million Manhattan \n\npenthouse apartment, a $7 million oceanfront house, another house in Palm Beach (pictured here). All of this got us thinking about the kinds of dwellings \n\nthat technology's rich and famous call home \u2014 and what those places say about their owners. So take our tour of some of the glitziest geek \n\ncribs.\n\nGates: A House Built on WindowsMicrosoft Chairman Bill Gates' sprawling mansion on the shores of Lake Washington is an architectural wonder built in the Pacific lodge-style. But \n\ndon't let the classic look fool you \u2014 this mansion has all the high-tech amenities. Sure, bathrooms suddenly stop working and lights take 10 minutes \n\nto turn on \u2014 but just look at all the Windows!\n\n\nJobs' Teardown CandidateApple CEO Steve Jobs has come home to his old desk in Cupertino. Welcome back! His love for Apple, as well as his fiery temper, are well known. \n\nSo is his dislike for his old home in nearby Woodside. Jobs wants to take a wrecking ball to his 1926 mansion, but historical preservationists have been \n\nstymieing his efforts for years. Is there really any value in this creepy game room?\n\n\nEllison: The Last Samurai in WoodsideOracle CEO Larry Ellison, spent more than $200 million to build a 16th century Japanese emperor's countryside home in Woodside. Yet such a \n\nhome suffers from "significant functional obsolescence," according to an Ellison filing \u2014 that is, not too many rich folks would buy it \u2014 and \n\nso Ellison was granted a $3 million tax break. The local school district will reportedly lose some $330,000 in tax revenue. Whack! Take that \n\nkiddies.\n\n\nThere Is Another Skywalker...On this list Master George Lucas should be, for bringing technology to the big screen. (Wave hand in front of face.) The famous filmmaker \n\nbought a parcel of land north of San Francisco in 1978, which he named Skywalker Ranch, and has been adding to it ever since. Today, Skywalker \n\nRanch is creative headquarters for Lucas \u2014 and probably strong in the Force. There's even a lake on the 4,700-acre property, called Lake \n\nEwok.\n\n\nAllen's Floating WonderIt's not a stretch that you must think pretty highly of yourself to buy one of the world's largest privately owned yachts. Microsoft's Paul Allen, who is also \n\nchairman of Vulcan, spent $200 million for the 416-foot mega yacht Octopus, which carries two helicopters, a submarine, seven boats, a \n\nswimming pool, and a crew of 60 (including former Navy Seals for, we're guessing, anti-piracy reasons?) Allen also owns the Seattle Seahawks and \n\nPortland Trailblazers professional sports teams.\n\n\nBenioff: Aloha Means "Get Outta Here!"A few years ago, a Wall Street Journal reporter decided to check out Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's big compound that he was \n\nbuilding on the Big Island, Hawaii. Rumor has it Benioff \u2014 who portrays himself as a media-adoring, Dalai Lama-loving exec \u2014 called the \n\ncops and had the reporter booted from the premises. The compound remains shrouded in secrecy. How do you say "get lost" in Hawaiian?\n\n\nThe Social Networking President Goes to WashingtonFirst, he tapped Twitter to help him win the \n\nhighest office in the land. Then he appointed the country's first ever national CIO. We're talking, of course, about President Obama. He and his family moved into new digs this spring \u2014 a \n\n200-year-old, Georgian-style residence painted white. It's even got an Oval Office so you can work from home, and a helicopter at the ready. Bonus: He \n\nalso gets a very special BlackBerry.