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April 14, 2006

Origami on stage: "How do you work this thing?"

Posted by Kim Peterson at 2:33 PM

Three executives from Samsung, Intel and Microsoft could not operate the Origami mini-PC they were showing off to Korean journalists this week, according to The Korea Times:

Several pages later, the large projection screen suddenly completely went black. Samsung's staff again rushed to help the vice president, and found the Q1's battery has run out....

Microsoft Korea's president Yoo Jae-sung became the second victim of the day when he took over the turn after Kim wrapped up his presentation. Yoo also spent several minutes figuring out how to start the presentation file. Finally, a Samsung employee succeeded in turning it on. But then the Q1 suddenly flipped through every page of Yoo's presentation file in a just few seconds....

Lastly, Lee Hee-sung, president of Intel Korea, had his turn. Going up to the podium, the energetic Intel Korea CEO pronounced that he would "do it in my own way as my predecessors have had a difficult time.'' But Lee also failed to kick off his presentation by himself, and had to be helped by the staff who looked as if they were expecting the same kind of problems to happen again.

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