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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.

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?"


(Conan) O'Brien teased Gates — and other tech luminaries such as Jeff Bezos and Paul Allen — but the humor wasn't enough to disguise several embarrassing technical glitches that interrupted demonstrations of Windows Media Center software and a new Xbox game.

"OK, and right now nine people are being fired," O'Brien said as he and Gates waited for a slide show to appear.

The slides were of a fictional night of carousing the two had 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."


Here's a link to part of the presentation: http://webpages.charter.net/thetruedarkone/billgates.mov

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Nothing new for gates. At the unveiling of Windows98 it blue screened.


Didnt keep people from buying it and making him richer.... :D

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