Apple CEO Steve Jobs certainly handled it better than Bill Gates did last Wednesday at CES, but the Apple executive too ran into a minor snag during his keynote this morning at MacWorld in San Francisco.
During a demonstration of the Spotlight desktop search technology that will be part of the new version of the OS X Tiger operating system, Jobs' system stalled, the screen freezing while displaying a seemingly random picture. Searchlight promises to create a vast, easy to search index of all the information on a user's computer.
"I seem to have a little bug here…," Jobs said while he desperately tried to click away a picture that had made the system freeze up. "Well, that's why we have back-up systems."
His remarks were met by cheers and applause from the audience. Having a backup system to make sure he can continue with the presentation without any embarrassing silences certainly makes a lot of sense. But the entire situation also goes to show how far the devotion of his loyal followers goes. When Bill Gates was faced with demo storms last week at CES in Las Vegas, the room fell silent. Most Apple users would die for Jobs.
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