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VOTW: Steve Ballmer, Will You Sign My MacBook?

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It takes a lot of guts to ask Steve Ballmer to sign a MacBook Pro.

Last Wednesday, during a visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, one student asked Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, to sign his Apple laptop. Considering Steve once pretended to smash the iPhone of a Microsoft employee who dared to take it out of his pocket during a seminar, you'd think this guy would keep his laptop hidden in his bag rather than ask Ballmer to sign it.

However, Ballmer being the cuddly bear that he is, obliged and scrawled his name on the lid of the MacBook Pro in black permanent maker. As an after thought, he wrote, "Need a new one?"

In case anyone was wondering, the laptop was apparently running Windows. Check the video below.

Steve Ballmer Autographs a MacBook Pro

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    chrisjust98 , January 25, 2010 3:15 PM
    Now that's funny!
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    socrates047 , January 25, 2010 3:17 PM
    irony, like how i got my ipod engraved in the back with the words "I am a pc" lol
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    nicklasd87 , January 25, 2010 3:25 PM
    that gave me a good grin, Steve's reaction was priceless
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    gwolfman , January 25, 2010 3:09 PM
    I wonder if Jobs would sign a laptop (dell, hp, asus, acer, etc) running windows? It would be an interesting test. Would he think he's too good? Or if it were a hackintosh, would he sign it? lolz
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    mlopinto2k1 , January 25, 2010 3:12 PM
    That was awesome! I would love to meet him.
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    chrisjust98 , January 25, 2010 3:15 PM
    Now that's funny!
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    socrates047 , January 25, 2010 3:17 PM
    irony, like how i got my ipod engraved in the back with the words "I am a pc" lol
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    kenwheeler77 , January 25, 2010 3:19 PM
    So is this the VOTD or the VOTW as announced last week? :) 
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    nicklasd87 , January 25, 2010 3:25 PM
    that gave me a good grin, Steve's reaction was priceless
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    derek2006 , January 25, 2010 3:47 PM
    I wonder how much that would be worth on Ebay now
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    JMcEntegart , January 25, 2010 3:50 PM
    kenwheeler77So is this the VOTD or the VOTW as announced last week?


    Oops, I guess whoever posted it got confused. It's the video of the week. All fixed now. :) 
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    Blessedman , January 25, 2010 3:52 PM
    what a great guy
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    groveborn , January 25, 2010 3:53 PM
    Half the price of an unsigned laptop of the same specs. It's been written on.
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    doomtomb , January 25, 2010 4:19 PM
    Steve Ballmer is always such a great sport about these things.
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    JMcEntegart , January 25, 2010 4:25 PM
    doomtombSteve Ballmer is always such a great sport about these things.


    I know. It makes him seem so endearing. When I see him acting batshit scary it freaks me out but then I see this and it makes me want a hug. THE POWER OF BALLMER!
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    tommysch , January 25, 2010 4:28 PM
    I did put a Apple logon on my all black custom liquid cooled gaming PC.
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    shravankale , January 25, 2010 4:54 PM
    funny ballmer....good one !!
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    dargon_supreme , January 25, 2010 5:11 PM
    I was wondering how much Ballmer paid to the student... Maybe a macbook!
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    uh_no , January 25, 2010 5:19 PM
    what else was he gonna do? smash the kids laptop?
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    deadlockedworld , January 25, 2010 6:13 PM
    gwolfmanI wonder if Jobs would sign a laptop (dell, hp, asus, acer, etc) running windows? It would be an interesting test. Would he think he's too good? Or if it were a hackintosh, would he sign it? lolz


    no way. Steve Jobs would kill the guy.
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    the_krasno , January 25, 2010 6:18 PM
    etichiNot sure what he means by need a new one.


    It means that he should get a new non macbook laptop to replace the one that got scribbled all over :p 
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    whobannedme , January 25, 2010 6:39 PM
    If I was Steve B. I'd say to the guy " Happy Birthday to the GROUND!". Now get yourself a new one ;) .
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