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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 4, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Windows ad has funny reference to Gates’ past

There’s at least one coy reference to a youthful indiscretion of Bill Gates’ past in the new and perplexing Windows ad that debuted Thursday night.

As Gates is buying his shoes, the clerk asks, “Are you a Shoe Circus Clown Club member?” Bill_Gates_mugshot.png

At about 57 seconds into the ad, Gates holds up his membership card and says, “Platinum.”

The camera comes in for a tight shot of the Clown Club membership card. Mop of hair. Big glasses. Silly grin. Unmistakable to those who’ve spent any amount of time studying Gates. It’s his mug shot from an arrest in Albuquerque, N. M., Microsoft’s original home town.

Anyone spot any other such Easter Eggs?

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