Now that Microsoft are doing their “I’m a PC” push, there has been a great ad created for Mac – which is copied and pasted from some other adverts. It’s the Mac guy that appears in all the normal Apple ads saying he’s a PC too, as Mac OSX can run Windows applications. Great…See it here
Archive for September, 2008
Yup, it’s been revelaled. The new “I’m a PC” adverts (after the quick sacking of Mr. Seinfeld), which are to help Microsoft re-gain some of the personal computing market, were created on a Mac. How to reveal this? The originating software and platform can be found in downloaded versions of the files using built-in tools on either a Mac running Mac OS X or on a PC running Windows. In Windows XP, for instance, users can view the tag by right-clicking the downloaded file, selecting Properties from the drop-down menu, then clicking the Summary tab. “Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh” appears beside “Creation Software.” On a Mac, after opening the downloaded file in Preview, users can see the tag by choosing Inspector from the Tools menu, clicking on the middle More Info tab, then clicking on the tab marked TIFF. “Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh” appears beside “Software”.
So, most of us have an alarm clock that wakes us up for work and important things – which of course is naturally time based. Let’s take an example. Wake me up at 07:00. Plain and simple. Well, welcome to the new Alarm Clock “iNap”.
What makes it so special? Well this alarm clock is GPS based. Let’s take an example. Within 1 mile of Waterloo Station give me an alarm. How cool is that? Think of the possibilities. When an innocent by-standard (ok, your mates) aren’t looking, set the alarm to go off and scare them out of their pants.
Well, everyone was expecting the “big bang” but I think its more of a slow and painful one. Today the Hadron Collider had to be shut down after a magnet failed.
The failure which is technically known as a “quench” made some of the sticky parts (ok, magnets) heat up to about 100 degrees centigrade (that’s 212 F).
Good news was the fire brigade were called out and they thought they were going to get some action in CERN (over a ton of liquid helim leaked in to one o the tunnels), however no joy.
For now, the LHC is off for the weekend and we’ll see what brings of the £3.6 billion future of this big boys toy…
So, “Anonymous” has successfully hacked Alaska Senator Palin’s Yahoo! account. Congratulations for that one, but I’ve got a question for Mrs. Palin. Surely you should have something better for your own personal email than Yahoo!, shouldn’t you? And at that, why two accounts that are so easily identifiable?
Well Mrs. Palin, you can’t say you didn’t see this one coming at you…Duh!
It seems Microsoft have put the kai-bosh on the Seinfeld ads (or for the indefinite future so they say) as they probably aren’t working as good as they hoped. They’ve now taken a page from the Apple book of marketing and are going for the PC/Mac advert. Let’s see if the new ads are taken any better or more light hearted than the Seinfeld shoe store fiasco…
See, they would have been better paying me $10 million. I could have told them more about their products than Jerry and from what I’ve been told in my evaluations, people would listen to me as well
Ah, the joys of the Internet, free speech and the way people are the way they are. What am I on about? A week or so ago, I posted about Google’s new Chrome Browser (and the pretty comic book they deployed with it). One of the main complaints I had about it was there was no Mac version and it was “coming soon”. Well, don’t give computer geeks what they want and, well, they’ll develop it themselves. Queue CrossOver Chromium.
CrossOver Chromium is a proof-of-concept release using Wine to show how the Google Chrome browser does work and can easily be ported to the Mac platform. CrossOver says they did this to prove a point. It seems Google would like to run Chrome natively in Mac OSX and not via CrossOver and they were after the Windows market first…however, here’s just to show it can be done.
Good on ya CrossOver.
OK, so being a technologist I’m quick to install patches where others aren’t but today I’m feeeling the brunt of the 10.5.5 upgrade on my MacBook Pro. I installed it last night and when I woke up this morning it took forever and a day to finally finish its install. So, letting it do the OSX thing as it does (showing you the flair background), I let it install and update files and then shut it down. Just got home from golf to boot this new 10.5.5 up and what do I get…It’s like trying to run through treacle. All I can hope for is that the “caching” feature that is explained as a bug fix/feature works better over time sort of like the prefetcher of Windows or I’ll solely be disappointed in 10.5.5 as I don’t see much benefit from the upgrade yet, other than more time to take a quick drink while waiting for the whirly-gig (no hourglasses in OSX).
HP has announced today that they are going to cut over 24,000 staff over the next three years with the advent of the EDS merger. The restructure will save (according to the number crunchers) $1.8 billion per year. Supposedly some of the positions will be replaced over time – sure, that’s what they all say. All I know is that I live in a place with just under 60,000 as the population, so over the next three years HP will be cutting staff numbers amounting to 50% of where I live, WOW!