Bill Gates must like Comdex.
While other CEOs will fly in only long enough to deliver a speech and fly back out the same day, the Microsoft captain has been in Las Vegas for at least two days, maybe more.
But like sightings of the Other King, rumors of Gates's unattended wanderings are probably just that.
At the Micrografix Chili Cook-off last night, Gates was surrounded. NEWS.COM tried to get close enough to get a comment, but our cameras were waved off as he beat a hasty retreat into a circle of either friends or handlers. We couldn't tell which. And we didn't think following him was worth an infamous Gates tongue-lashing just to find out what he thought of the Armadillo race.
In fact, the chief Microserf, whose left eyeglass lens mysteriously fogged over during the interview, seemed as intimidated by his handlers as were the journalists. Or maybe Bill was just thinking about the same thing we were: the airplane waiting to whisk him home this afternoon, away from cursed Comdex. In any case, he did loosen up enough to tell CNET about the early days of Comdex and what it takes to get attention.
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