February 06, 2007

Cancel or allow?

Windows Vista includes User Account controls which purport to warn the user whenever anything happens which could theoretically be dangerous. This feature has been widely reported as being, shall we say, over-zealous, to the point where many users are likely to switch it off because it’s too intrusive. But then, how would you be warned if bad things really were happening? Apple have gleefully seized on this dilemma and made a new one of their Get a Mac adverts about it:-

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  1. Very good :)

    06 Feb 2007, 12:23

  2. Nick Howes

    I get very strange security dialogs on mine…

    06 Feb 2007, 14:21

  3. Great advert. This blog entry has a very funny rant about Macs, rather than the standard PC-bashing which seems prevalent at the moment. It may not be entirely accurate, but it is really funny:

    “Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.”


    06 Feb 2007, 14:23

  4. Mathew Mannion

    I was gonna post the same article as Hywel, but the one paragraph that came to mind… (Talking about using Mitchell and Webb in the UK adverts)

    They are a logical choice in one sense (everyone likes them), but a curious choice in another, since they are best known for the television series Peep Show – probably the best sitcom of the past five years – in which Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur. So when you see the ads, you think, “PCs are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable, whereas Macs are just smug, preening tossers.” In other words, it is a devastatingly accurate campaign.

    06 Feb 2007, 14:43

  5. Nick Howes

    I like that article just because it’s Charlie Brooker doing one of his rants, which is funny whatever he happens to be talking about.

    06 Feb 2007, 16:13

  6. Don’t forget the truth about apple users…

    07 Feb 2007, 15:36

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