"Get a Mac" Ads Target Windows 7 (Already)

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Apple isn't wasting any time. It's only been two days, and already they have "Get a Mac" ad all ready to blast Microsoft's just released OS, Windows 7. Naturally, they waited until after the OS was released to spring these on us.

There are three, count 'em, three ads.

The first is “Broken Promises." It's a series of flashbacks to promises made by earlier versions of Windows. Basically, it is a series of "It's not going to have any of the problems that Windows blah had" vignettes, where it is whatever version of Windows followed the problematic one.  Apple's message: they're all problematic.

Then there's "Teeter Tottering." That shows a Windows user switching from Windows XP. The "big move," as she called it, is not to Windows 7, but over to the Mac. “I could stick with what I know, but what I know is pain and frustration.”  Ouch!

The final ad is "PC News," with PC talking to a reporter at the Windows 7 launch. Unfortunately, the feed from the launch showed many getting ready to upgrade, but once again, to a Mac.  Oops.  Cut to commercial, but oh, wow, this is already a commercial.  Yikes!

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Oct 24 2009 10:52 PM

"We are a commercial." LoL!

These seem to be more valid than the Win7 commercial I saw today. The commercial touted ease of access to media everywhere, which is an illogical thing to put as their vanguard feature considering they've embedded more DRM than any other OS.

How do you play a DRM'd WMV on a non-Windows computer? At least Apple made sure you could play their DRM'd files under Windows if you wanted to.

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acarzt replied on Sun, Oct 25 2009 3:35 AM

Funny comercials... but i'll still never own a mac.

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ClemSnide replied on Sun, Oct 25 2009 5:03 AM

I kinda have to own a Mac. I like computers that run for more than three hours without crashing. And since Windows 7 seems to have a major BSOD issue, I've been using my Quicksilver and old PowerMac more and more, mostly to try and resolve issues when Captain Clunker is too frustrating to use.

By comparison, I've only had to look up a Mac issue on my PC once.

The biggest problem going from Mac to Windows, at least for me, is that you get used to the UI speed on the Mac. Sometimes I'll double-click an icon on my Windows box and wonder whether it actually registered; I double-click again and in 20 or 30 seconds wind up with two instances of the application.

This is nothing new, either; I wonder why it hasn't been fixed? Maybe there's a Registry entry, DELAY_START_OF_PROGRAM_TO_ANNOY_CURRENT_USER?

But... it runs games better then Silver Victoria. When it does run.


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Drago replied on Sun, Oct 25 2009 8:17 PM

Mac's are for people to "STUPID" to own a computer.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Oct 25 2009 8:33 PM

I'm not sure that constantly calling people names is the proper way to express the validity of a personal view on tech. Saying that mac users are stupid and "ID10T"s, doesn't make it so.

It would be easy to say Windows users are just too stupid to learn the command line of the much more secure FreeBSD, but if all the want to do are play the latest games then they have in fact made the smartest choice for themselves.  It is the same for Mac users, who want security, ease of use, and a focus on multimedia publishing.

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I will never switch to a mac.  It has its own problems.  More noticably, no gamer would switch to a mac os.  That and the software I use is for pc's only and there seems to be no future for the software on a mac.  I love the people in the architecture program here because they all are buying macs and coming to me for installing windows on it because they need autocad and 3dsmax. 

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Oct 25 2009 10:00 PM

Very true.

For those same reasons, when people ask me if I think Linux would work well for them, I ask them if they're gamers and find out how they actually use their system before answering.

I think these concerns would disappear somewhat, if developers were not sucked into proprietary APIs. That's why I am so against things like DirectX, which could have been released as a standard (ex. OpenGL), but was instead made proprietary in order to make it harder for users to choose their OS independent of their apps.

Microsoft tried the same trick (take ownership by getting everyone to use your proprietary API) on the internet with ActiveX, but not enough people fell for it - so the internet didn't become a proprietary Windows-required-for-entrance platform.

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realneil replied on Mon, Oct 26 2009 9:16 AM

My Windows doesn't crash after three hours, or at all.

My Mac doesn't make me stupid either.

Both OS's have their strong points and I use them both everyday.

Windows 7 does games better than my Mac, and my Mac rips movies better than the Windows boxes. In both cases, the differences are considerable. I could compare all day, but it doesn't matter. Use what you want to, what works for you in the situation that you are in.

I like both OS's for their good points as well as my two flavors of Linux.

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I bet if apple were to allow people in install their OS on the myriad of different computers and hardware configurations then they too would have more problems than they currently have. But the Real problem with a windows PC is that MS still has to support programs that are 10-15 years old... I'd like to see a mac that can do that same thing....

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Oct 26 2009 6:00 PM

To be fair though, MS does a horrible job of supporting programs that are 10-15 years old:

My kids used to always check out Win95/98 games from the library and want to play them on their XP/Vista machine. Even *I* couldn't get more than 1 in 5 of them to work. However, I would boot their system to Linux and install the game under Wine (setting Wine to announce itself as Win98) and I could almost always get them to work. It seems to me that MS cares about backwards compatibility of MS Office, but not much more.

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ClemSnide replied on Mon, Oct 26 2009 8:42 PM

You probably just need to install the popular Hercules graphics card in your system. (waits while people try to remember the Hercules graphics card)

I've always, since the days of the Apple ][, felt that you should run an appropriate OS and hardware for the programs you want. (And an appropriate OS and programs for the hardware, etc.) I have an old PC which used to have Windows 98 installed, for the few times when I want to play a really old game. Like, one which comes on a 5 1/4" floppy. It's since been turned into a Linux box in the hopes of fixing my TiVo's ailing drive, though so far I've only managed to make matters worse through leaving out a punctuation mark in a long stream of incomprehensible characters.

So, why not get a boat anchor? You can probably manage to find the hot system of 1999, in all its beige glory, for about ten bucks at a yard sale or flea market.


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3vi1 replied on Tue, Oct 27 2009 8:17 AM

Why not get a boat anchor? Space, mostly. Easier to use Wine or run Win98 in a VM if you actually *need* to run something from back then.

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