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Posted 10 February 2014 - 16:56

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Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.
 
The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. Gates repeatedly received an error message informing him that his PC ran into a problem that it could not handle and needed to restart.
 
After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.
 
While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”
 
“Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.
 
A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.
 
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Posted 10 February 2014 - 16:58

Sadly some people will believe this Borowitz report and be unaware it's satire purely because it's on the New Yorker



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:00

Sadly some people will believe this Borowitz report and be unaware it's satire purely because it's on the New Yorker

 

Thought it had a satire tone. Not read the New Yorker before, my self though... Still a good quick read though ;)



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:05

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The Borowitz Report is a satire column like The Onion. I doubt in any way that Gates would be required to set up his office computer himself. :)

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:06

i call BS. I'd assume everyone in the company gets an IT imaged laptop and a desktop which is already the latest update installed.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:06

The Borowitz Report is a satire column like The Onion. I doubt in any way that Gates would be required to set up his office computer himself. :)

 

Fancy moving it to the funny stuff/jokes forum? :)



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:09

i call BS. I'd assume everyone in the company gets an IT imaged laptop and a desktop which is already the latest update installed.

The story is definitely satire.

 

That being said, that doesn't mean that Gates doesn't do his own Windows install (at least on occasion to see what an install looks like). I'm sure C-Level executives, especially the founder, can dictate what they get to do unlike the rest of us corporate drones.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:10

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The Borowitz Report is a satire column like The Onion. I doubt in any way that Gates would be required to set up his office computer himself. :)

 

Exactly.  Bill's laptop would've been upgraded to 8.1 a long ago already, assuming he wouldn't just have been handed a new one altogether with 8.1 pre-imaged.  And him bringing in Satya Nadella to help him out?  Come on...both have more important things to do.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:17

 

Exactly.  Bill's laptop would've been upgraded to 8.1 a long ago already, assuming he wouldn't just have been handed a new one altogether with 8.1 pre-imaged.  And him bringing in Satya Nadella to help him out?  Come on...both have more important things to do.

Depends on what they decide is important for them to do...

 

Remember this classic? Gates chewing up over Windows XP

 

It is obvious that Gates spent a lot of time just trying to install a simple program on his computer and pulled a lot of MS C-Level execs into the fold to complain about the experience. He then referred to that email exchange and install attempt as "his job". Obviously, this is satire, but you also can't say Gates won't be trying stuff out on his own and then pulling in high level executives if it doesn't work as he expected.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:49

Love it!!



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 17:52

Depends on what they decide is important for them to do...

 

Remember this classic? Gates chewing up over Windows XP

 

It is obvious that Gates spent a lot of time just trying to install a simple program on his computer and pulled a lot of MS C-Level execs into the fold to complain about the experience. He then referred to that email exchange and install attempt as "his job". Obviously, this is satire, but you also can't say Gates won't be trying stuff out on his own and then pulling in high level executives if it doesn't work as he expected.

 

You're comparing what you think he might be doing today with something from January 15th 2003, when he was still at MS full-time, and everything happened on his watch?



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 18:03

lmao.

 

"my ms-dos was easier to install. from 6 freakin' floppies no less." bill was overheard mumbling under fuming breath.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 18:36

You're comparing what you think he might be doing today with something from January 15th 2003, when he was still at MS full-time, and everything happened on his watch?

Isn't the latest transition for him to have a more active role at MS?... Or am I missing something?



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 19:13

Isn't the latest transition for him to have a more active role at MS?... Or am I missing something?

 

Hardly.  From another article currently on Neowin:  2/3 Foundation, 1/3 Microsoft.

 

He's constantly saying his time is very limited and wants to spend it in the most effective way possible.  That rules out dicking around with an update.  He's got all the peons he wants to do that for him.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 19:23

Haha! That would fit right into an episode of south park ;)