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It's Tech Week, Not Fashion Week

Bill Gates' keynote was free of crashes, stalls, hangs and the other usual consequences of showing off software that isn't finished yet. But in another aspect, the keynote was vintage Gates: He still won't waste time on prettying himself up for an occasion.

Once again, his hair was in its usual state of untidyness -- bed head, really -- and his wrinkled, barely tucked-in shirt looked as if he'd plucked it out of a suitcase just before stepping onto the stage.

I don't want this to be read as any sort of criticism; I think you have to admire the way Gates is keepin' it real. He may be one of the world's richest men, but he can't be bothered to dress like that.

My theory: To him, and to many other people in the computing business, fashion just isn't an interesting problem to solve. Why waste processor cycles on that when you can focus your energy on software (Gates' past preoccupation) or curing infectious diseases in the Third World (his future preoccupation)?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 8, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  | Category:  CES 2007 , Rob Pegoraro
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