My first videos from CES

Here’s the video of our lunch with Bill Gates:

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Here’s Seagate’s new hard drives, as announced in the BlogHaus. Some great stuff is that the new drives have ability to back themselves up online. Nice new form factors too.

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BlogHaus gets look at early toys

Hey, Tim Bourquin, the guy who runs Podcasting Expo, just walked in. Former CEO of Corbis is here. But, who cares about the cool people in the house? We care about the toys. And here Geek News Central gets the first news up. Andru Edwards, of GearLive, is sitting right next to it, so I’m sure video will come up soon about that.

I’m watching Google’s Blog Search to see who reports from the BlogHaus. This place is crowded and getting more crowded every minute.

UPDATE: Engadget has the usual great reporting from the keynote.

UPDATE 2: Paul Mooney has a good photo of just one part of the BlogHaus. The bandwidth ROCKS here.

Personal note to Thomas Raftery

In the middle of all the chaos up in the BlogHaus (I’m sitting next to Andru Edwards of GearLive, who will get up about 80 videos from CES this week alone. Damn. And he’s not the only one, the BlogHaus is rocking. Engadget just showed up here too. Actually, I loaned them my limo to go to the Gates keynote) there was some sad news that came through Google Reader: Thomas Raftery’s mom just died. Thomas is a geek who lives in Cork, Ireland, who is one of my favorite Europeans.

My thoughts are with you Thomas, have a good cry. You took me back to last year when my mom died.

On happier news, happy birthday Mr. Messina!

The bandwidth rocks at CES BlogHaus

Engadget’s Ryan Block told me his upstream sucks from his hotel room and they are using various EVDO gadgets to report the news and he says they all are super slow (I agree, mine is OK for blogging and blog reading, but I sure wouldn’t want to upload a Bill Gates video over that). I love Engadget’s CES optimization.

We (PodTech, Seagate) spent a lot of money to make sure the bandwidth rocks in the BlogHaus. So, if you need to upload a big video and your hotel room connection is taking hours, come on over and give me a call. We’ll be here 24 hours a day until Wednesday night. 425-205-1921.

Things are rocking and rolling. Seagate has some goodies and lots of old-school journalists and new-school are here too. PC World is interviewing the Seagate folks right now.

What did Bill Gates tell us during lunch? We had a fun conversation, but they asked us to keep it confidential until 6:30 p.m.

One question that Gates was passionate about answering was “Intel last week showed me that Moore’s law is safe for another six years, and they are kicking out more and more multiprocessor chips, so how is Microsoft going to step up to the challenge and make its software work better for multi-core processors?”

We also talked a lot about gaming and home entertainment. More at 6:30 p.m. Microsoft is streaming the keynote.

Microsoft’s big week

One thing apparent as soon as you get off of a plane here in Las Vegas is that Microsoft is spending a lot of money and effort marketing Windows Vista. There’s Vista billboards everywhere, it seems. In front of the main convention hall there’s a huge tent that Microsoft owns and Microsoft has one of the biggest booths here at CES (and was among the most crowded last year).

Plus, there are hundreds of vendors who are dependent on Microsoft to deliver the customers. Billions of dollars in revenue. All hoping that Windows Vista increases sales even a few percent. A few percent on a billion in revenues adds up to a good year for many many companies.

So, the industry is looking at Vista. Trying to figure out just how much a sales boost Vista will bring.

It also is looking at Microsoft and trying to figure out what the sales success of the Xbox means, even while it’s been a revenue drain on Microsoft (each Xbox sold loses money, although my friends tell me that because of the “attach rate” on each Xbox — the number of games, movies, and other things sold — that Xbox might be profitable sooner than anyone is expecting).

In about an hour I’ll be sitting down with Bill Gates, along with bloggers from Engadget, Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Joystiq.

The fact that the two biggest gaming blogs are there gives me some hints as to what we’ll be talking about.

This is Microsoft’s biggest show in years. Billions of dollars are in play.

My other question is: will Steve Jobs steal Bill Gates buzz this week? Already a look at the blogs says “yes.” Heck, I’ve seen several blogs analyze the width and length of a graphic on the Apple home page looking for hints. The graphic is close to a 16:9 aspect ratio. Only 1.5 pixels off, according to one blog. Hmmm.

What would you ask at lunch? I’ll look at your questions right before I go in.

UPDATE: my video, along with others, will be embargoed until about 6:30 p.m. tonight. Channel 10, Microsoft’s uber evangelist Jeff Sandquist tells me, will have a lot of stuff up tonight.