Bill Gates Losing It

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by mac-er, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    First after Bill Gates' weird rant about Windows being first, best and most secure, comes this exchange with AdAge:

    (my emphasis)

    Then after the interviewer says PC in the 'Get a Mac' ads is basically Bill G, Bill G loses it totally:

    Full interview:
  2. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
  3. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    What do you mean? OMG! Are you saying Vista isn't the most used piece of software in the world?

  4. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    "GATES: Vista's doing extremely well. Zune has gained a great No. 2 position as a product that's completely new for us"

    Where's he get his numbers from ? :confused:
  5. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    Same place Zune came from... the ****hole.
  6. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Ouch I just listened to the audio.

    Bill does get pissed when the guy mentions the Mac Ads. Don't worry Bill, Windows owns 95 percent of the market even though its the worst ****ing OS I've ever touched.
  7. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    So even if Zune is the #2 player in terms of market share (which I doubt, I thought I heard the Sandisk Sansa ones are), does being #2 mean much when the #1 player is so far ahead of you?
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    It was #2 among hard drive players in its launch week.

  9. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Wow, what an ass.


    Vistas the most used piece of software ever?


    I get so many customers who want machines with Windows XP because they dont want to be test dummies for Microsofts' new stuff. Of course, we have none, and no other stores really have it anymore. Microsoft is just forcing Vista down their customers' throats.

    When people come in for an XP computer, they either have 3 choices.

    1) Deal with Vista.
    2) Buy a copy of XP, and downgrade.
    3) Buy a Mac, and not have to deal with Windows' crap anymore.
  10. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
  11. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Just looking at it from a 3rd-party perspective, my guess is that he meant to say that Microsoft Windows is the most-used piece of software in the world, whether or not that's true.
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I wish after the many moments of silence, Gates would just have yelled F*CK OFF! That'd be classic!
  13. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    I would hope so since Mac OS is the #2 to windows' #1
  14. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    I really don't think he got pissed. Call me the devil's advocate, but I think he remained calm. He sounded a tad annoyed, but I don't think he was pissed. Furthermore, the fact that he did not say anything to conclude the interview is not indicative of him being in a foul mood. Rather, the interview was so informal, especially with respect to the tone of the interviewer, that he may have felt that it wasn't necessary. As a side note, Windows is not a bad product. No, I don't find it to be as good as Mac OS X, but it's not the worst OS. I cite BeOS as an example, and depending on what aspect of the OS is most important to you, other operating systems can be cited as better or worse.
  15. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Depends how you look at it. If you look at hardware manufacturers instead of software, Apple is really high in the list (just behind Dell and HP).

    Regardless, Macs = profitable. Zune = loss leader that's not leading.
  16. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Don't they have four options? Whatever happened to Linux? Unless you meant pre-installed, but if that were the case then XP would not be an option. Or they could order online directly from the same OEM (Dell and HP for sure, I don't know about Gateway) and not have to pay any Windows tax, and then run Linux.

    Anyroad, it doesn't help that the interviewer was confused through three quarters of the interview. And I really don't see how this constitutes "losing it." He's probably getting annoyed with being asked about an ad campaign that's totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. Even still, I've never once thought of the Hodgman character as Bill Gates, but rather the Windows-based machine. Bob Garfield was fishing, and all he received was a "Goodbye," it may be more than he'd received had he interviewed Jobs and jumped him with a similar question.
  17. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    The area I live in is an area where mainly people only buy the sale computers with them Celeron processors. :D Most have never heard of Linux.

    They'd probably think its some kind of cookie.

    Besides, I dont think its a good idea to mention Linux. Seems that MS is sweeping in. We used to sell Linux, but not anymore from what I can see.

    Ever since we got Vista, boom, no more Linux.
  18. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I think Linux is doing better now, comparing my experience with Linux last year and 4 years ago, Linux distros support many, many more hardwares, and the installation processes are very sleek, the whole system works much better also.

    Mr. ReanimationLP
    Since u work in the situation., would u give some data (like %) about
    1. how many ppl who bought a Vista machine went back to your store looking for an XP?
    2. how many ppl actually bought a downgraded XP?
    3. How many ppl actually returned their vista machine and got a Mac?
  19. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    When Bill gets pissed, he wants to throw a temper tantrum. But, he has to remain constrained; net result, silence. This based on many years of observation.
  20. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    How long has he been drinking?:)

    (oh the joy of a common language!)
  21. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
  22. MartyMoe macrumors regular

    He also may just need to work on some social graces- when he was on the Daily Show and the interview ended he just stood right up and walked out. Traditionally, on any interview show, you do the interview, then chat (or pretend to chat) quietly for a minute while they zoom out, play the music/ cut to the next segment, or whatever.

    He might have also had somewhere to go next-- Vista had just come out when he did the above show, so he probably needed to get to the the next event...

    </ Benefit of the doubt>
  23. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Give the guy a break...he's only had about 30 years as a prominent public figure in which to hone those skills. He just needs some more time.
  24. MartyMoe macrumors regular

    To quote Emeril, "....BAM!!!" :p You got me.
  25. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I don't think he lost it. It sounds to me like he was annoyed (I would be) and was getting up to leave because the interview is obviously over (which is why he's hard to hear at the end).

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