Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Silicon Valley | 11/18/2003 | Bill Gates Comdex keynote doubles as handy sleep aid

Silicon Valley | 11/18/2003 | Bill Gates Comdex keynote doubles as handy sleep aid: "Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates kicked off the much diminished Comdex technology convention in Las Vegas on Sunday with an overview of product advances in security, spam, and search and Microsoft's latest catch phrase -- seamless computing. Speaking to a packed house at the Alladin, Gates described seamless computing as technology that will enable software, services, and smart devices to work together as a coordinated whole. 'What is limiting us, the seams that hold us back ... are much more about pure software challenges,' Gates said. 'Seamless computing is about the idea that we, through advanced software, will be able to eliminate these seams. By getting rid of these seams -- the seams between the systems and the software, between the software and the software, and between the software and the devices -- we can deliver on all of the scenarios we've dreamed about since this industry got started. In this decade we are engaged in delivering the final level of infrastructure, which is a software connecting infrastructure.' And that was the gist of a keynote that would have lulled many a Comdex attendee to sleep where it not for a fairly humorous spoof of the Matrix featuring Gates as Morpheus and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as Neo."

This is the third sleep-related nastygram I've read about the keynote; e.g., also see Paul Thurrott
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