The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Bill Gates Experiences Three Windows Crashes During CES Keynote

TMO at CES - Bill Gates Experiences Three Windows Crashes During CES Keynote

by , 3:45 PM EST, January 6th, 2005

During his keynote address for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, Bill Gates experienced not one, not two, but three Windows crashes and glitches while showing off new products.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that Mr. Gates first ran intro trouble when trying to connect a new Nikon digital SLR camera to a Windows Media Center Edition PC through a WiFi connection. The result, however, was a frozen computer that wouldn't respond. Two attempts later, however, the demonstration went off without a hitch.

The next one came during a demonstration of a new game called Forza Motor Sport, when the PC the game was being run on actually went directly to the famed Blue Screen of Death.

The third problem occurred when Mr. Gates was unable to get a Tablet PC to connect to the Internet.

All of the problems were met with good natured laughter from Mr. Gates and the audience, and Conan O'Brien, who was co-hosting the event, even quipped "OK, and right now nine people are being fired," during one of the crashes.

Earlier in the presentation, Mr. O'Brien also joked: "I got too drunk, I woke up with a hooker. Bill got too drunk, he woke up with an Apple computer."

His Windows troubles hearkened back to the days of Windows 98, when Bill Gates experienced a Blue Screen of Death during the Chicago Comdex keynote in 1998. That crash made headlines around the geek world, but did not slow the adoption of Windows in the market place.

Even Apple CEO Steve Jobs has had his share of trouble during a keynote presentation at Macworld Tokyo in 1999. Mr. Jobs was attempting to demonstrate the ability to network boot 50 iMacs from a central server, but the units simply didn't work.

More recently, an effort to connect a camera to a Mac on stage resulted in a similar failure during a Macworld keynote.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated September 27th

Mon, 6:38 PM
watchOS 3: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Can Now Speak the Time
Mon, 5:51 PM
iOS 10: How to Use Maps Extensions
Mon, 5:07 PM
TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder & President of Bombich Software, Mike Bombich
Mon, 3:13 PM
iOS 10 Maps 'Overview' Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer
Mon, 2:35 PM
A-Shirt Makes Apple-Inspired Shirts for Apple Fans
Mon, 2:32 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF Issues, Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication
Mon, 2:25 PM
Apple's iPhone 7 Invitation Refused by Bloggers
Mon, 2:01 PM
Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station
Mon, 1:28 PM
Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip
Mon, 10:40 AM
How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate on Your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
Sun, 12:06 PM
MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers
Sat, 9:04 PM
Can't Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable iCloud Two-Factor Authentication
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!