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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Bill Gates has encountered a problem

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart earlier this week for a much publicized interview which demonstrated the software company's co-founder was in good spirits and good humor.

Gates has been at the forefront of a Microsoft media blitz surrounding the debut of the company's new Vista operating system and Office 2007 suite, which are now available for consumers to buy. (The links will take you to product overviews).

The interview went well until the very end, when Gates got up, shook Stewart's hand, and suddenly left, much to everyone's surprise. (You can see the video here). Naturally the Daily Show team didn't let that incident rest; the next day, they provided an explanation:

Bill Gates has encountered a problem

Apparently, the interview crashed.

If you can't read the text in the graphic, here it is:
Bill Gates has encountered a problem and needs to leave. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

If you were in the middle of something, the information you were working on might be lost.

Please tell Microsoft about this problem.

We have created an error report that you can send to help us improve Bill Gates. We will trust this report as confidential and anonymous.

To see what error data this report contains, click here.

Debug | Send error report to wife | Don't send
Brings back memories of the Weapons of Mass Destruction 404 page.

Hopefully the folks over in Redmond's Overlake neighborhood are taking it in stride. Those who can laugh at themselves can be confident they're in good shape for just about whatever life (or the marketplace!) may throw at them.

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