Gates gives the demo from Hell at CES

image   The Consumer Electronics Show, the largest tech event in America, just ended in Las Vegas last week. The buzz, however, wasn’t about the latest widescreen TV. It was about Bill Gates’ keynote speech, during which several Microsoft technologies crashed or utterly fell apart. One demo failed not once but during three separate segments of the speech, as Gates (photo, left) helplessly pressed buttons on his remote control.

The keynote stage had been set up to match the set from NBC’s "Late Night," complete with Conan O’Brien — and the comedian didn’t disappoint. Addressing the audience, he said after several failures, "Have we mentioned there’s gambling in this town? Feel free to hit the tables, you can come back when we get this thing working." News.com has a hilarious 2-minute video with the highlights. See Gates video
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