Ah, Bill. Ah, Jerry!

We hardly knew you and now, you’re gone. Surplus to requirements.

What would have become of your budding love affair? Would it be consumated in a flurry of Micro and Soft related humour?

We can but speculate.

Disappointingly, Microsoft appears to have adopted a new ad campaign that will directly answer Apple’s Mac vs PC approach. This is stupid on many levels, not least of which is it draws attention to your competitor’s ads and validates them AND you run the risk of people confusing your ads with theirs and thinking they’ve just watched an Apple ad, regardless of what is on screen.


Bill and Jerry

September 15, 2008


The first ad was just … it was … well…

I don’t know what it was. It wasn’t funny. It didn’t explain anything. I just don’t get it.

It made my teeth ache. It was excruciating.

And now there’s another one.

Although, I have to say, I quite like this one. It’s odd. It’s random. It wanders. It’s more Jerry than Bill I feel. Bill’s getting funnier though – he reminds me of Ruprecht from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (in a purely ad libbed scene, according to Michael Caine and he should probably know) although that might be a cruel comparison.

Wonder what the third one will be like.

It’s not just us…

July 3, 2008

it’s Bill as well.

Now you know what it feels like, Bill. Pity you’re moving on before fixing it.

Having said that, my new PC has Vista on it and it’s fine. Sure, I’ve got 4GB of RAM which is seriously over-specc’d and I’m appalled that it would need that much to run an operating system for crying out loud, but it looks fine and doesn’t get in my way so much.

Favourite line:

I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack … so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.

The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up. This site is so slow it is unusable. It wasn’t in the top 5 so I expanded the other 45. These 45 names are totally confusing. These names make stuff like: C:\Documents and Settings\billg\My Documents\My Pictures seem clear.

He goes on to say how he tried to use the download page and got a full system check for his troubles. That’s something that annoyed me endlessly many years ago – Windows telling me that to secure my computer properly I needed to install Outlook Express. WTF? How is that going to make my PC more secure? I wasn’t even trying to download an email client, I was trying to get drivers for a printer at the time…

Good times, good times.