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Jimmy Fallon's MacBook has become a constant feature of his desk since he started hosting "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," but that caused a brief awkward moment last night when he was speaking with Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates was actually on the show to talk about his foundation's success in fighting polio, but the trouble began when the talk inevitably shifted to technology.
In this case, the topic of conversation was handwriting; namely, that the computers of tomorrow would be able "to see, to listen, to talk, to recognize handwriting." During this sequence Fallon noticed that Gates' eyes kept shifting over to a spot on his desk, and Fallon realized his faux pas when he followed Gates' gaze to his Macbook and its associated keyboard and mouse.
"This is very disrespectful," Fallon said, slapping the MacBook's lid shut and stuffing it in a desk drawer to his left. The moment earned Fallon applause from the audience, and Gates himself just smiled. You can see the moment for yourself at 1:40 in the video above.
As CNET states, it's likely that Gates has endured many of these moments before, and it's possible his eyes were just wandering while he thought. Gates has proven himself capable of a sense of humor with a series of ads, and as writer Chris Matyszczyk notes, he didn't even attempt to say a good word about Microsoft's own line of notebooks.
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