Windows 7

May 22, 2009

Wammo tells me he’s installed the pre-release version of Windows 7 and it’s like being born again. His computer (get this) actually does what he wants it to do! ZOMG! Revolutionary.

I’m reminded of my old boss at IDG Communications, Pat McGovern, and a story he tells of the first time he saw Steve Jobs demonstrate the Mac OS.

Steve had invited Pat and some other assorted luminaries to check out his new product and was, the way Pat tells it, quite anxious that they be impressed. He ran them through the demo, showed off the “mouse” and the “graphical user interface” and some other bits and pieces and stood back.

“Well, Pat. What do you think?”

Pat McGovern, for those that don’t know him, is well over six foot tall and has been kicking around the IT publishing industry since before there was an IT publishing industry. He set up IDC Research to monitor this growing market but couldn’t find any publication that wanted to take his research. So he founded IDG Communications and set up Computerworld and the rest is history. Pat was a big cheese and if you could get Pat on side, you were made.

“What do you think?” asked Steve, with (I like to think) a tremor in his voice.

Pat stood up, looked around the room at the assembled journos and said, “If this catches on, we’re all out of a job. It just works”. Thankfully, it never did, and so countless millions of pages of reviews, tips, tricks, support and help were able to be written and re-hashed over and over …

Windows 7 is best summed up, however, by XKCD and if I can make it fit, the comic is below. You should, however, go visit XKCD and look at all the comics and let your mouse hover over each one as there’s a secret message for those In The Know.

It’s mostly a fail until such time as I can move the post down below my sidebar. Hmmm. Any WordPress gurus who know what they’re doing out there?


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 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.