First came the "Mac vs. PC" ads from Apple.
Then came the "I’m a PC" ads from Microsoft that tried to poke back at Apple.
And now we have Apple ads that poke fun at Microsoft’s campaign that pokes at Apple.
I wonder if any of this actually helps to sell any more computers?
Last week my Macbook failed to come out of sleep mode, and wouldn’t boot. I dropped into single-user mode (Command-S + Power On in case you wanted to know) and found that I had a disk problem. I managed to start it from that point anyway, backed everything up, and by leaving it on all the time I got through the week.
On Saturday evening I reformatted the drive and reinstalled everything. A fairly simple process really – a fair bit easier than Windows if I recall correctly.
Yes Macs have problems too, but they never seem to be quite as painful.
I spent last Sunday cleaning my garage.
Over time all kinds of things pile up to the point that you can’t even remember why you have them in the first place. Then one day you realize that so much of it is just clutter, in your garage and ostensibly in your life. So we started to look ruthlessly at everything and throw out those things that we were saving just in case bu ackowledging the fact that we were never going to use them.
When we were done, not only was the garage much cleaner, but we actually felt lighter. All that clutter doesn’t just take up space; it takes up energy too. A clean garage is just a metaphor for a cleaner, less cluttered life.
Next weekend – the basement!
Microsoft has unleashed a new marketing campaign. It’s all about the "Apple Tax" – the additional cost to make your Mac run Windows applications. Unless, like me, you don’t want to run Windows applications.
According to Brad Brooks, Microsoft vice president of Windows Consumer Product Marketing:
There really is a tax around there for people that are evaluating their choices going into this holiday season and going forward. There’s a choice tax that we talked about, which is, hey, you want to buy a machine that’s other than black, white, or silver, and if you want to get it in multiple different configurations or price points, you’re going to be paying a tax if you go the Apple way.
Read the whole thing at The Industry Standard.
I’m guest blogging for Communitech at Entrepreneur Week. You can read all about it over at http://communitechblog.ca.
Canadian NDP leader Jack Layton supports providing services in Punjabi, the fourth most spoken language in Canada.
Canada alreadly provides services in English and French. So what’s the third most spoken language in Canada, and is he planning on providing services for that one as well?
Tip of the hat to Because No One Asked.
You can apparently test drive Google’s Android over at T-Mobile, though it doesn’t work for me.
Not from the real UPS though.
I got an email today purportedly from UPS, but the sender address was firstname.lastname@example.org, and not ups.com. The subject was "[NO-REPLY] UPS Tracking Number 52672890" and the email said this:
Unfortunately we were not able to deliver postal package you sent on Sept the 18 in time because the recipient’s address is not correct. Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office
Attached was a ZIP file. I’m going out on a limb here and assuming that the ZIP file contained a bit more than an invoice. Yet because I was expecting a UPS package I almost opened it without thinking. Of course since I use a Mac than wouldn’t have been too much of a problem.
So if you get email from UPS, read very carefully before opening.