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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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Comments

  1. good stuff on the gates video. Still need to improve the sound. Why did it cut off at the end so abruptly?

  2. good stuff on the gates video. Still need to improve the sound. Why did it cut off at the end so abruptly?

  3. The sound was from a directional mike, and if you sink up the recorder from the table with the video it will improve…however, speed is better here. I just finished watching, and it was great to watch the raw video as it was.
    Robert, your questions brought energetic responses from Mr. Gates. You rock!
    When you are ready for another camera, I am there.

  4. The sound was from a directional mike, and if you sink up the recorder from the table with the video it will improve…however, speed is better here. I just finished watching, and it was great to watch the raw video as it was.
    Robert, your questions brought energetic responses from Mr. Gates. You rock!
    When you are ready for another camera, I am there.

  5. Best Gates interview I’ve seen.

    This is the most relaxed I’ve ever seen Gates, who to me often comes off as trying to avoid risking a misstep. I think his new “soon to be retired” mode suits him well… no longer has to pretend to be on top of every product roll-out schedule, can focus on really big “philosophical” outlooks etc.

    Same reaction to the short CNet interview where he came across more as an end user than company Chairman.

    He did seem to get a bit testy at your Global Warming question, without reason as far as I know. I think his answer was correct, which is that the computer industry has done TONS to eliminate energy waste. the problem is that so much of what has been done isn’t being used. Why do so many hi-tech workers continue to have to drive to work every day. he’s right that the energy waste from other sources reduced computer use to near nil. Don’t expect politicians to be bothered with factual comparisons though. They are in some sort of feeding frenzy at the moment and nobody has figured out who the real casualties will be if and when they decided to legislate against the problem. Hopefully “less computing” isn’t anywhere on their list.

    Also, nice that I can finally play your videos with one click on a Linux machine. (I’m downloading the On10 video in the background which will need some diddling no doubt to play.)

  6. Best Gates interview I’ve seen.

    This is the most relaxed I’ve ever seen Gates, who to me often comes off as trying to avoid risking a misstep. I think his new “soon to be retired” mode suits him well… no longer has to pretend to be on top of every product roll-out schedule, can focus on really big “philosophical” outlooks etc.

    Same reaction to the short CNet interview where he came across more as an end user than company Chairman.

    He did seem to get a bit testy at your Global Warming question, without reason as far as I know. I think his answer was correct, which is that the computer industry has done TONS to eliminate energy waste. the problem is that so much of what has been done isn’t being used. Why do so many hi-tech workers continue to have to drive to work every day. he’s right that the energy waste from other sources reduced computer use to near nil. Don’t expect politicians to be bothered with factual comparisons though. They are in some sort of feeding frenzy at the moment and nobody has figured out who the real casualties will be if and when they decided to legislate against the problem. Hopefully “less computing” isn’t anywhere on their list.

    Also, nice that I can finally play your videos with one click on a Linux machine. (I’m downloading the On10 video in the background which will need some diddling no doubt to play.)

  7. Great interview! Reminded me of the John Edwards video where they come across more as the friendly neighbor across the street than as the world’s richest person or a presidential nominee.

    Definitely has restored my faith in social media in general.

    Keep up the great work, Robert!

  8. Great interview! Reminded me of the John Edwards video where they come across more as the friendly neighbor across the street than as the world’s richest person or a presidential nominee.

    Definitely has restored my faith in social media in general.

    Keep up the great work, Robert!

  9. Wow, what an insightful interview. I love how quickly you got it up – thanks Robert!. It was kinda funny when Gates pwned you though. If you were a techie, you’d prefer precision over vague generalizations too.

  10. Wow, what an insightful interview. I love how quickly you got it up – thanks Robert!. It was kinda funny when Gates pwned you though. If you were a techie, you’d prefer precision over vague generalizations too.

  11. Robert, hearing your voice is a lot different than I had “heard” it in my mind when I read your blog. It’s always interesting to put voices in the real world to those online. Not a criticism at all – just different. Congratulations on getting the access. Make sure you get Steve Jobs this week too! :-)

  12. Robert, hearing your voice is a lot different than I had “heard” it in my mind when I read your blog. It’s always interesting to put voices in the real world to those online. Not a criticism at all – just different. Congratulations on getting the access. Make sure you get Steve Jobs this week too! :-)

  13. Great interview – nice to see a really relaxed Bill Gates and some interesting topics too. Keep going Robert!

  14. Great interview – nice to see a really relaxed Bill Gates and some interesting topics too. Keep going Robert!

  15. Relaxed Bill Gates?

    Watch his hectic moves when the guy asks about Spam (which Gates once said would be long gone by now). And also towards the end. Eh eh…

  16. Relaxed Bill Gates?

    Watch his hectic moves when the guy asks about Spam (which Gates once said would be long gone by now). And also towards the end. Eh eh…

  17. Robert, Washington post article mentions your trip with John Edwards. Great quotes from you..

    Keep up the good work

  18. Robert, Washington post article mentions your trip with John Edwards. Great quotes from you..

    Keep up the good work

  19. Robert,

    Thanks for the Bill Gates video.
    I love how the audio keeps in sync with the video, even though the audio quality could be better.

    Would you please remind your cameraman that it’s a directional microphone, and not to pan around so much while the person being interviewed is speaking.

    May I recommend the investment in a wireless omnidirectional microphone (provided that your $4k has an audio in jack)?

  20. Robert,

    Thanks for the Bill Gates video.
    I love how the audio keeps in sync with the video, even though the audio quality could be better.

    Would you please remind your cameraman that it’s a directional microphone, and not to pan around so much while the person being interviewed is speaking.

    May I recommend the investment in a wireless omnidirectional microphone (provided that your $4k has an audio in jack)?

  21. This is the *first* video that I am watching right when I saw it. The rest just go into my Queue to be watched later. And, the bandwidth was well spent:D

    Thanks Robert! You rock! And, yes, Audio quality could’ve been a bit better, but still, this’s cool!

    Hopefully, I could be able to watch all the CES videos before going away to the village;)

  22. This is the *first* video that I am watching right when I saw it. The rest just go into my Queue to be watched later. And, the bandwidth was well spent:D

    Thanks Robert! You rock! And, yes, Audio quality could’ve been a bit better, but still, this’s cool!

    Hopefully, I could be able to watch all the CES videos before going away to the village;)

  23. Michael: we’re still learning how to use this new shotgun microphone. There was no time to setup lights or other kinds of microphones. You get what you can with these things. I was lucky to get a camera guy in.

  24. Michael: we’re still learning how to use this new shotgun microphone. There was no time to setup lights or other kinds of microphones. You get what you can with these things. I was lucky to get a camera guy in.

  25. Great video. Bill seems so much more relaxed, much more like he used to be. I think being able to step back some is suiting him better. I agree with the above that all of the Scoble show needs some better sound. There are some great little mixers that you can connect to multiple mics.

  26. Great video. Bill seems so much more relaxed, much more like he used to be. I think being able to step back some is suiting him better. I agree with the above that all of the Scoble show needs some better sound. There are some great little mixers that you can connect to multiple mics.

  27. That’s the most relaxed and natural I think I’ve seen Bill – I’m still at the intro … and it’s great. He seems … cool … I’d like to chat with him.

  28. That’s the most relaxed and natural I think I’ve seen Bill – I’m still at the intro … and it’s great. He seems … cool … I’d like to chat with him.

  29. The camera should have been on Bill’s face more, not the side of his head. Other than that, great interview. I agree with Bill about Robert needing to get his facts and numbers before he tries to pin Bill Gates with a guilt question. How are we supposed to figure out how to combat climate issues without super-hot computers anyways? ;-)

  30. The camera should have been on Bill’s face more, not the side of his head. Other than that, great interview. I agree with Bill about Robert needing to get his facts and numbers before he tries to pin Bill Gates with a guilt question. How are we supposed to figure out how to combat climate issues without super-hot computers anyways? ;-)

  31. I thought your comment “let’s talk abotu CES since we are at CES” was a little…I dunno, monkeyfukerish. I was interested to hear Gates’ answers to the questions from the gentleman from Gizmodo in such a relaxed setting, but it is your show. Oh and another thing, don’t interrupt the richest man in the world when you interview him to talk about your comment blog spam.

    Thanks for sharing your work.

  32. I thought your comment “let’s talk abotu CES since we are at CES” was a little…I dunno, monkeyfukerish. I was interested to hear Gates’ answers to the questions from the gentleman from Gizmodo in such a relaxed setting, but it is your show. Oh and another thing, don’t interrupt the richest man in the world when you interview him to talk about your comment blog spam.

    Thanks for sharing your work.

  33. Stercus: well, OK, but when your audience cares about gadgets and consumer electronics and you only have 45 minutes with a guy who funds a large chunk of that industry, don’t you think it’d be a better use of time to talk about what he is doing in consumer electronics? We can talk about his tickets that he got 20 years ago some other time.

    And, I think it’s much more important to pay attention to comment spam. I don’t get much email spam anymore and my email has been in public view for several years now.

  34. Stercus: well, OK, but when your audience cares about gadgets and consumer electronics and you only have 45 minutes with a guy who funds a large chunk of that industry, don’t you think it’d be a better use of time to talk about what he is doing in consumer electronics? We can talk about his tickets that he got 20 years ago some other time.

    And, I think it’s much more important to pay attention to comment spam. I don’t get much email spam anymore and my email has been in public view for several years now.

  35. Watch Scoble get pwned by Billg

    Around 35:00, Billg’s Smackdown of Scoble’s Edwards-shilling “What is MS going to do about multi-core processors contributing to Global Warming?” Question:

    Please, “Do the Math. Just do the Math. Just
    understand the real math (of processor energy
    expenditure) vs Cars …. vs. things called
    air-conditioners.”

    Billg’s discourse on software for multi-core processors (immediately preceding the gratuitous processors contributing to Global-warming discussion) is worth listening to as well.

  36. Watch Scoble get pwned by Billg

    Around 35:00, Billg’s Smackdown of Scoble’s Edwards-shilling “What is MS going to do about multi-core processors contributing to Global Warming?” Question:

    Please, “Do the Math. Just do the Math. Just
    understand the real math (of processor energy
    expenditure) vs Cars …. vs. things called
    air-conditioners.”

    Billg’s discourse on software for multi-core processors (immediately preceding the gratuitous processors contributing to Global-warming discussion) is worth listening to as well.

  37. Scoble interviewing Bill Gates

    Link to the video and to Robert Scoble’s posting. Robert Scoble has lunch with Bill Gates. I think this rocks! Bill is even looking at the digital voicerecorder which Robert is using for his podcast. A really relaxed Bill Gates. And more people …

  38. Great interview with Gates.

    Today i saw fist time Bill Gates Video interview ; Really Nice…..Good

  39. Great interview with Gates.

    Today i saw fist time Bill Gates Video interview ; Really Nice…..Good