Windows blue screen of death crashes Gates’ Keynote at CES

Microsoft’s Bill Gates’ opening keynote at CES did not go entirely to plan, but, then again, when does it ever when Windows is powering the show?

“Bill Gates’s legendary luck failed him during his keynote presentation at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” Iain Thomson reports for vnunet.com. “His demonstration of Microsoft Media Center crashed during the presentation on integrating digital photography, and later a Microsoft product manager failed to access the internet with a Tablet PC.”

“The presentation started on a jokey theme, with late-night TV host Conan O’Brien presenting a mock version of his own show and a video diary of his and Bill’s ‘lost weekend’ in Las Vegas. ‘I got too drunk, I woke up with a hooker,’ O’Brien said. ‘Bill got too drunk, he woke up with an Apple computer,'” Thomson reports.

Full article here.

67 Comments

  1. This is the second time a computer has crashed on Bill Gates and spewed egg all over his face.

    Here’s the first one

    http://ultimategamers.org/temp/win98crash.qt

    There is also pictures floating around the net where Gates got drunk at a basketball game and when helped by his security guards to exit crossing the court fell flat on his face.

    I wish I could find it, the closeups of his face was glorious!!

    Of course there is one where Bill Gates gets nailed in the face with a pie.

    Links people, Links!!

  2. yeah.. good one pkradd.. the clicker didn’t click.. how devastating..

    SJ walked casually over to the desk and was handed another clicker that worked fine, and he commented “Apple doesn’t make these” and laughed..

    How embarrassing..

    Pffft…

    And of course, Bill Gates was showing off how great the software was.. and the software crashed.. soooo.. you can’t begin to compare them..

    What a freakin’ joke.. oh well.. lucky for him he doesn’t have to be a good salesman.. he’s got a monopoly..

  3. classic

    apple needs to promote thier software by doing nothing but showing bill in action demonstrating his “great” software

    the world would come running to Mac

    make it so

  4. Funny!
    But Steve Jobs had a problem once when showing off “Preview”. He wanted to show how fast preview was scrolling through thousends of pages, and the friggin’ thing just didn’t want to stop scrolling, lol.
    “Hopefully it won’t start all over again… oops”.
    I thought that was pretty funny, too.

  5. Just finished watching the whole thing. This keynote has to be considered a complete failure. It wasn’t just a clicker problem. There were way too many failures. (Out of system memory on the X-Box–oops!)

    In fact, the SBC Media Center integration demo seemed to be the only one that went off without a hitch. That looked great.

    Also, Apple’s Quicktime has streamed so smoothly for more than the past 3 years of keynotes. Windows media spent half the time for me with audio but no video. How hard can it be to copy Quicktime’s technology, guys?

  6. Hobbes said:
    “But Steve Jobs had a problem once when showing off “Preview”. He wanted to show how fast preview was scrolling through thousends of pages, and the friggin’ thing just didn’t want to stop scrolling, lol.
    “Hopefully it won’t start all over again… oops”.
    I thought that was pretty funny, too.”

    Actually he clicked the button that ran through the document to many times (3 in fact). It still ran the document faster than Acrobat did.

    WOW, what an embarrassment!

  7. And on the opposite end of the scale, several keynotes ago some mainstream reporters wrote that Jobs video-conferenced with Bono and Mick Jagger via a satellite connection, when it was actually iChat over the Internet! Darned Apple stuff works too well…

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