Gates' PC Crashes During Keynote Speech
This is so funny, I just had to share it:
In his seventh annual keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft’s chairman explained that the proliferation of high-speed Internet access and the falling price of data storage are compelling people to put music, photos, movies and other aspects of their life into a digital format.
“We predicted at the beginning of this decade that this would be a decade where the digital approach would be taken for granted,” Gates told hundreds of technology enthusiasts, who gathered for his kickoff to the world’s largest electronics show. “It’s going even faster than we expected.”
But while promoting what he calls the “digital lifestyle,” Gates showed how vulnerable all consumers – even the world’s richest man – are to hardware and software bugs.
During a demonstration of digital photography with a soon-to-be-released Nikon camera, a Windows Media Center PC froze and wouldn’t respond to Gates’ pushing of the remote control.
Better still, the embarrassment didn’t end there for “the world’s richest man”:
Later in the 90-minute presentation, a product manager demonstrated the ostensible user-friendliness of a video game expected to hit retail stores in April, Forza Motor Sport. But instead of configuring a custom-designed race car, the computer monitor displayed the dreaded “blue screen of death” and warned, “out of system memory.”
Way to go Bill!