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1029usr078198 Posted - February 07 2008 : 00:54:49
Hello again and welcome to our third podcast. I’m your host, David Anderson, and this is July 7, 2006. I thought I’d provide that piece of data just for context because today’s topic is Apple’s Macintosh commercials and a year from now, they won’t be new anymore. What do you think of them? I don’t much care for them honestly, and not just because I’m a PC guy. Well, they’re funny, but they’ve got a lot of spin, too. I don’t know the actor playing the PC, but the guy playing the Mac I’ll always recognize as Brandon from Galaxy Quest, Justin Long. According to IMDB that was his first role. He was in Dodgeball, which I also liked. In the trailer and the movie, he was the guy who couldn’t dodge a wrench. But although the spots are entertaining, they seem to exaggerate a bit. There’s one where the PC has a virus. Well, our first episode shows that Macs are also vulnerable to viruses even if they are infinitely less prevalent. Google “Macintosh Virus” if you don’t believe me. There’s another one where the Mac & PC are both just getting out of their boxes. The Mac says to the PC, “Looks like you’ve got a lot of stuff to do before you do any stuff.” Well, what about all the Adobe software you’ll have to load “before you do any stuff”? You know, Photoshop, Premier, Acrobat, Dreamweaver. Stuff like that. They do have a point about uninstalling all the junk software a Windows PC usually comes with. But that point is only valid for the Dells, the HPs, Gateways and the eMachines’ of the world. When you go to a local system builder, like us, unless you’ve bought additional software for preloading, you’ll only get Windows plus whatever software comes with your system’s components. And beyond the hardware drivers, I don’t even have to load that!

I can’t be intellectually dishonest with you. Macs are more stable generally than PCs. “’strue. Bu-issa-bit bowring”, as that gecko might say. But I just take all those ads with a grain of salt because some of the problems the PC has relates to its position in the marketplace. It has the biggest target painted on it, so it’s the easiest to hit. But for a long time, Apple did control very tightly what goes into a Mac. Perhaps they still do. I don’t know. But like all advertising, caveat emptor, “Let the Buyer Beware!”

I hope this has helped shed a bit of light on this subject. If you have questions or comments about this or any podcast, don’t hesitate to email us at feedback@daconsult.com. I’m David Anderson, Thanks for listening.

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