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Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show
    #3625916 - 01/14/05 12:19 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

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Microsoft's Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show

Rachel Konrad
Canadian Press

Friday, January 07, 2005

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Despite suffering through an embarrassing computer crash that prompted jokes and guffaws, Bill Gates promised that Microsoft Corp. would help consumers stay plugged into technology, during a keynote speech Wednesday.

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.

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."

The errors - which came during what's usually an ode to Microsoft's dominance of the software industry and its increasing control of consumer electronics - prompted the celebrity host, NBC comedian Conan O'Brien, to quip, "Who's in charge of Microsoft, anyway?"

Gates, who was sitting next to O'Brien on a set staged to look like NBC's Late Night set, smiled dryly and continued with his discussion.

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Re: Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show [Re: automan]
    #3626374 - 01/14/05 01:59 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

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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.




The media center didn't freeze, the remote he was using didn't work.  The problem stemmed from the fact they were using 1 media center PC for the entire demo.  I think it was powered USB IR device/interference from other IR maybe even batteries dying.  Check out the article regarding this on slashdot.

The other crash was full on though. :smile:


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Re: Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show [Re: blink]
    #3626435 - 01/14/05 02:10 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

loose wire.... even giants fall


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Re: Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show [Re: automan]
    #3627607 - 01/14/05 09:39 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

:lol:

Doesn't this happen at least once with every major version of Windows?

I remember when he was demonstrating the plug-n-play capabilities of Win98.

"And we will just plug this mouse in, and soon will see the Found New Hardware dialog (a BSOD appears on the overhead)....oh....that wasn't supposed to happen. Well that's why we haven't released it yet!"


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Re: Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show [Re: trendal]
    #3628923 - 01/14/05 05:17 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

i went to C.E.S. twice (actually, it was T.H.E. for those of you that know about it, but we made the short walk to CES). the thing is, everyone goes over the top and brings their "A" game. even with M$'s A game and with gates on the stage.... it still crashes. i think that is very amusing.


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Re: Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show [Re: automan]
    #3631146 - 01/15/05 02:55 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

:rotfl:


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Re: Gates endures PC crash during keynote speech at U.S. tech show [Re: funkymonk]
    #3631614 - 01/15/05 05:13 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I went to CES and wasn't very impressed with most of it. There were definately some cool little gadgets but nothing big and awesome and new.


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