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CES Video: Is Microsoft Chet a Live Version of Microsoft Bob?

Maybe it’s just me, but is this video from Microsoft, featuring “Chet”–the software giant’s “creative presentation consultant” for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week–freaky or not?

It’s a Zen-style joke, of course, but what is the sound of one hand clapping?

CEO Steve Ballmer will be giving his usual keynote speech on Wednesday night and is about as anti-Chet as it gets.

Until then, here are the two Chet videos:


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus