Tech execs suffer foot in mouth disease

Technology is supposed to be here to make our lives easier and simpler but this is a lesson that seems to have been missed by a number of the world’s leading technology company executives, who have demonstrated an uncanny ability this year to open their mouths first and think later.

First we had Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer’s infamous chair throwing rant over the poaching of a key employee by Google

"I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f***ing kill Google."

And of course no review of the year would be complete without Sony’s disastrous handling of the DRM rootkit fiasco, which prompted Thomas Hesse, president of Sony BMG's global digital business division, to say:

"Most people don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?"

Other gems come from Motorola CEO Ed Zander and Intel chairman Craig Barrett, so make sure you get yourself over to Wired, who have compiled their 2005 foot-in-mouth awards, and check out the complete list.

Happy New Year from all of us at ITproPortal!