Macintosh User Commercials

February 24, 2005 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Many Mac fans are not happy that Apple has not been marketing the Macintosh computer to the public in a long time. There have been plenty of iPod and iTunes advertising – Apple is at the top of the legal music download business.

That means that others must fill in the void – here is a great remix of Mac and iPod ads accompanied by a great tune (Buck Rogers by Feeder – surprisingly not available from iTunes). This is a wonderful ad – an affirmation and exultation of being a Mac user.

I think we’re gonna make it
I think we’re gonna save it, yeah
So don’t you try and fake it — anymore

Gene Kelly is Breakdancing!

February 20, 2005 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

If you loved Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain”, you may not like this new VW ad. He was a great dancer — I wouldn’t be surprised if he could actually breakdance in his prime.

VWs last viral ad didn’t go over too well. This new one should fare much better.

McDonald’s Marketing Misses

February 19, 2005 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Food and Drink, Rants | Leave a comment

I know people who actually have bought and are rooting for McDonald’s stock, but that company has been going downhill for a long time. This year, they’ve hit the trifecta of screwups. But I guess owning McDonald’s stock is probably better than eating their swill.

The first one is their Lincoln Fry blog, which was quickly exposed as an inept guerilla marketing campaign, though I would compare it to disinformation activities carried on by the KGB and the Bush Administration.

The second one is their clueless use of urban slang. In trying to sell more hamburgers, they somehow forgot to run it through focus groups and ended up suggesting that people should fornicate with their sandwiches.

The third Mickey D’s screw up needs no further comment. The pure inaneness of their ethnic website is proof enough. First thing I did is turn off the music.

Wow, two food-related posts in one day.

Hungry? Think again

February 19, 2005 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Food and Drink, Rants | Leave a comment

This video shows unpleasant truths behind the food we eat. It does not show the entire truth, but it probably shows how most of the large corporate food producers operate. I’m not a vegetarian and will probably never be, but anyone who does not feel or think different after seeing this movie lacks empathy and unable to imagine a better way to produce our food. We are what we eat.

Direct link to the QuickTime movie.

Our Privacy in Jeopardy

February 15, 2005 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Many companies maintain databases of our financial and other personal matters. It’s inevitable in our modern society. However, companies like ChoicePoint have as much security as the $3 Chinese combination lock on my bicycle. Foreign and sham companies literally stole data right from under their noses, and it was only data-reporting laws in California that forced them to reveal what happened. We have to put these guardians of privacy under stronger government and industry regulation.

You may be less likely to become a victim of identity theft by leaving your wallet at the bus stop – after all, the person picking up your wallet will just take your money and throw the rest away. The criminals that scammed ChoicePoint knew exactly what they were looking for and how to use the stolen data.

HP in Transition

February 12, 2005 at 11:19 am | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Carly Fiorina’s self-esteem took a hit this week as HP’s market capitalization went up a few billion dollars after she was fired by the HP board of directors. In that regard, I think HP shareholders should not feel too bad about giving her $21 million dollars to go away, and hopefully work for a competitor.

I’ve owned and used HP calculators, printers, signal analyzers, workstations, and all of them have been top-notch in quality and performance. I may reinvest in the company again if they have a good plan to fix their problems and regain the HP reputation as a Silicon Valley innovator and a good place to work. I’ve made previous comments about HP, mostly bad because of their current policies, not their pre-Fiorina products.

Enterprise Axed

February 3, 2005 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

After four years, Star Trek Enterprise has been cancelled. I can’t really say that I’m sorry. I was a big fan of ST:TOS and ST:TNG, didn’t care much for DS9 or Voyager, but Enterprise was the worst of the bunch, and I agree with the BBC article that it did not give geeks what they want – a balance between the mind (intellectual discussion and speculation) and body (action scenes).

I believe that the new Battlestar Galactica is much better in this regard, though I fear that it may be too cerebral. On a more base level, who doesn’t prefer Grace Park over Linda Park?

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