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January 06, 2005

Gates' keynote – the light and not so light sides

The demo gods were definitely upset with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates during tonight's opening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Three demos showed minor to major glitches, with the Xbox even resorting to the all-embarrassing blue-screen-of-death.

In addition to the Xbox goof-up, the demo of a new digital camera by Nikon had to be delayed twice. The camera uses a WiFi connection to send pictures to a computer.

Lastly, a demo of the MSN Remote service failed after the system lost its internet connection. The demo would have shown how users can remotely program their Media Center Edition PC to record a TV show.

Microsoft for the second year in a row choose to hire a comedian to co-host Gates' CES keynote presentation. A smart move we might say, because Gates isn't the most gifted speaker. The host of the TV show "Late Night" Conan O'Brien took no prisoners, welcoming Gates with the words: "Welcome to the show that you pretty much paid for."

When the Nikon camera demo went wrong, O'Brien grumbled: "Who runs this company?"

O'Brien points to similarities between Gates and Milhouse from The Simpsons

O'Brien and Gates showing off their Star Trek tattoos

That's what happens when you go out in Vegas! Gates waking up next to an Apple Powerbook.

January 6, 2005 | Permalink


Better than waking up next to Balmer tho!

Posted by: Walter Kurtz | 6 Jan 2005 17:37:59

waking up next to an Apple PB is what he´s dreaming of…

Posted by: Hans Wurst | 6 Jan 2005 18:34:27

Man I sure hope Gates didn't knock up that Powerbook with his demon seed.

Posted by: Gumby_mac | 6 Jan 2005 18:34:43

Man I sure hope Gates didn't knock up that Powerbook with his demon seed.

Posted by: Gumby_mac | 6 Jan 2005 18:34:43

History repeats itself. I'm reminded of the Blue Screen of Death during Bill's presentation of Windows 98 at Comdex. (http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/business/columnists/gmsv/10581891.htm)

Posted by: Robin Lionheart | 6 Jan 2005 20:31:22

We all too well know that technology does not always work when we want it to, specially at trade shows. If there was a great WiFi Carrier like WIISCOM Bill would not have to worry about the internet connection dropping on him.
*** Vonage, Packet8, and all other VoIP Carriers keep an eye on your rearview mirror there is a WiFi Porsche ready to have youeat its dust. You will not see it until its passed and then gets way out of sight.

Posted by: Caribbean WiFi | 6 Jan 2005 21:21:31

Please Please is it possible to download this show as a file. i dont have cable or satelite but i would really like to see it. Please

Posted by: Peter | 6 Jan 2005 22:04:23

I've observed that the average PC can sense fear and urgency. Someone at these demos was probably showing a little too much of either or both : )

My new iMac warms up to me like a happy puppy.

Posted by: Jeff (proud new iMac G5 owner) | 6 Jan 2005 23:31:35

Now if only that XBox had of been running Linux ;0)

Posted by: Phil | 7 Jan 2005 01:20:43


Posted by: Doctor VC | 7 Jan 2005 01:41:32

I think apple laptop he had has a APPLE VERSION OF "LONGHORN" which is has reached M1 stage(-:

Posted by: guru | 7 Jan 2005 06:11:39

The whole presentation in transcript form is at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/ces/keynote.asp

Posted by: Iain Thomson | 7 Jan 2005 14:09:16

You may download the keynote from:


Posted by: andrewd18 | 10 Jan 2005 03:17:32

Just read the transcript............

I could vividly imagine Bill.......The Fonze.......Gates........squirming with every comment!
Great Job 'Colon'.
Unfortunately Bill money can't buy me cool

Posted by: hagheid | 10 Jan 2005 18:31:57

CES performance simply shows how mediocre
Microsoft products are .... ;-)

Posted by: Dr.Marek Roland | 12 Jan 2005 02:17:06

"because Gates isn't the most gifted speaker" is a way off the mark remark. Before his CES and COMDEX presentations evolved into product showcases Bill could do a fascinating hour-long one man industry exposition alone on stage. He is the clearest explainer of technology I have ever encountered and I have been listening to him talk for over a quarter century. It is indeed true that for the last five years you haven't been able to see this demonstrated at CES or COMDEX. A loss for all of us.

Posted by: FredT | 13 Jan 2005 01:50:49

I guess those Indian programmers that Bill Gates hired are not doing the job! Better luck next time. Maybe hire some U.S. programmers, they seem to get the job done.

Posted by: anonymous | 13 Jan 2005 19:04:34

if (Blue screen of death == Indian programmers){ Goto AmericanCompaniesAreDoomed()

Posted by: Steve Johnston | 13 Jan 2005 19:08:41

I would have to agree with Steve Johnston's comment. Bill Gates' performance at CES was the worst. I was there. I was looking for the promised land with Bill Gates and all he had waiting for us was the Blue Screen of Death. How disappointing! Microsoft continues to disappoint. Even their games are nothing to be admired for. Better luck next time!

Posted by: George Faban | 13 Jan 2005 20:13:11

They should rename Microsoft to Micro-shit!

Posted by: John Adams | 13 Jan 2005 20:16:17

I think Bill Gates' software is a real ripoff to the American consumer. Every month there is a new bug, or virus. I never seen a product so buggy. Also, he is exporting jobs for more bugs. What a relief that the EU is the real hero in this. They are charging the Microsoft company millions of dollars. Thank God, someone has the guts to challenge Microsoft.

Posted by: James Fuller | 13 Jan 2005 22:36:22


In 5 years time operating systems will be:

o Mac OSX

No more Micro-crapp !!!

Posted by: Dr.Marek Roland | 16 Jan 2005 03:11:54

Of all major software companies Microsoft uses the most American software engineers. So I would say out source some more to India because you Americans do a lousy job making software.

if (somethingWrong){

Posted by: Rishi from the Netherlands | 19 Jan 2005 21:48:37

Greed has American companies hiring lower wage foreigners. I never understood buying a product that didn't work like it's supposed to. I hate to say this but if Bill Gates would like to be even more rich than he already is, make it simple to work, reliable, and above all, BUG FREE.

Posted by: Robert Buck | 26 Jan 2005 20:14:07

What's up with Wiiscom anyway.

If your going to drive a WiFi Porsche, you will need a license.

Posted by: FlyBi WiFi | 28 Jan 2005 18:49:09

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