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June 21st, 2002

Does the i stand for ‘idiot’?

You use a Mac: great. You use a PC: wonderful. You connect to the Net with a TRS-80 and a 110-baud modem: kick ass. Point is: I don’t really care. However, I do care that Apple seems to want to make their users look like morons who use their mouse as a foot pedal.

Their latest set of ads target PC users looking to switch to a more friendly computer and OS. Without debating whether Mac or PC is better, let me just say that I think that if you can use one, it’s not that far of a leap to learn how to use the other. But Apple would have you think that their OS is the OS for Dummies, dummies like Liza Richardson. Liza is a DJ who was forced to use a PC. She was confused because “everything was unwieldy… I couldn’t keep track of how everything was filed.” Apparently the concept of directories and subdirectories was too difficult for this DJ to master. Let me tell you folks: things ain’t all that different over on the Mac. It’s a matter of preference, not a matter of switching to a computer that a primate could use.

I have no problem with Apple trying to gain some market share?they could use it, and besides, I use a PC but I like Macs just fine. And I like *nix just fine, too. But I think Apple is really missing the mark here by insulting their user’s intelligence by putting out ads that essentially say, “If you’re too stupid to spend a few minutes to learn how to use Windows, come to us! We’ll help you!”

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday June 21, 2002 -- 9:56:22 am
I do tech support for a large bank's commercial banking system that runs on Windows. Just this morning I was helping a company's IP guy copy a file that I sent as an attachment and paste it into his network drive to restore passwords that the company's operators messed up. He couldn't do it. I had to explain to him how to copy and paste a file, and how to get the file from one computer to another. How many times did I calmly say, "No, I don't want you to open the attachment," I can't say. Somehow, I don't think a Mac will help this idiot. The bigger mystery is how he got hired as an IP guy in the first place.

FROM: Joe Revees
DATE: Friday June 21, 2002 -- 10:13:31 am
The 'Blue Screen of Death' ad was pretty good, though.

Didn't it seem that they put the most unflattering images of people on their main 'switch' page? Sure, they're supposed to be fed up with their PC, but look at them...

Also, the annoying music in the background of the ads was something that's going to lead to one hating those commercials in a few weeks.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday June 21, 2002 -- 12:02:51 pm
Well, the Mac was the computer "for the rest of us". I'll be interested in Marcus's 2 cents on this one.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 21, 2002 -- 2:44:13 pm
Festivus in the holiday for the rest of us.

FROM: King Random
DATE: Wednesday June 26, 2002 -- 6:44:08 pm
I totally agree. I have been waiting for this article to come out on (in?) ping since I first saw those ads. First, PC's are not that much harder to use. They are a bit more complicated, but with that comes a slightly better system. I use macs and PCs about the same amount, and they both have thier fair share of shortfalls and ingenius applications. Second, we are not just talking about computers, we are talking about OS's. What about linux? It, in my opion, works better then the other two, and though it is less idiot friendly, it does the same thing, and takes up less space. The only problem, and this is also the major downfall for macs, is that not as many programs are designed for them as they are for windows. If there were, more people would use them. I have a teacher that has the mac OS loaded on his dell PC and it works fine. And runs REALLY fast.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 27, 2002 -- 9:07:42 am
I have a teacher that has the mac OS loaded on his dell PC and it works fine.


FROM: King Random
DATE: Thursday June 27, 2002 -- 3:03:49 pm
My teacher has an Dell p3 without windows. He said his brother took off windows and loaded the mac OS instead. Don't ask me how. He says it works great. And it also runs a lot faster since there is only one OS running, not two (MS dos and windows) I also have a friend who has a mac version of microsoft word, but that, I think, was actually made by the mac people. A shallow attempt at redemtion.

FROM: TYB [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday November 25, 2002 -- 7:26:42 pm
Who cares, Liza is hot!

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