It was indeed a special moment. Surface, Microsoft's attempt to transform itself into a major hardware tablet vendor, in front of a hand-picked group of journalists and, eventually, millions of people around the world thanks to YouTube, and then... “Whoops!”
Voice recognition is always tricky as this poor Microsoft rep found out when he tried to show off Vista's voice recognition software.
The words that produced the sentence above were: Dear Mom (aunt) comma, fix aunt (let's set), delete that (nothing), delete that (so), delete select all (double the killer delete select all.
Perhaps Jobs' worst demo though was when the iPhone 4 demo went terribly wrong. First the Wi-Fi failed and then AT&T's 3G couldn't come through. Even after Jobs ordered the audience to turn off all their Wi-Fi devices, things still didn't go so well. Here's a hint: Never, ever rely on Wi-Fi for any tech. demo.
At least they the one actor in the previous demo was meant to fall down, the Honda Asimo robot, alas, was not meant to fall when it tried to climb the steps. I'm still not sure what was with the rush to shield the fallen robot from the audience's eyes. Perhaps there was someone inside the casing!!