Easy (OSX) tiger!

by Matt 2. February 2007 18:53

See what I did with the title? Geeky jokes are just the best.

Do you reckon Apple might be over compensating a little?

Check out the Get A Mac campaign page. A couple of new Mac/PC ads (mildly amusing) that are starting to get a bit defensive personal about Vista, and comments such as this, further down the page:

No other operating system, Vista included, offers the rich features and simplicity of Mac OS X. And just as Vista tries to get closer (emphasis on “tries”), Mac OS X Leopard is right around the corner — ready to leap even farther ahead.

Hyperbole to be sure, but it just seems to be getting more and more snarky. The Apple reality distortion field is hotting up. This is wandering very close to OS advocacy, but I do like the way the spin the facts. Take this snippet from the security page:

By the end of 2005, there were 114,000 known viruses for PCs. In March 2006 alone, there were 850 new threats detected against Windows. Zero for Mac.

Glad they chose March, and not January - the "Month of Apple Bugs". (I know, 31 to 850 is still a good ratio - let's not facts get in the way of a good argument.)

And a quick kick to User Account Control:

Mac OS X was designed for high security, so it isn’t plagued by constant attacks from viruses and malware like PCs. Likewise, it isn’t plagued by never-ending security dialog boxes like those in Vista. So you can safely go about your work — or fun — without interruption.

Funny then that Apple users have complained about a similar feature in OS X. Joel, Apple called. They want to borrow that "disingenuous" word.

Even Bill's getting a bit grumpy at Apple's sniping.

Conspiracy theorists could have a field day with the fact that at the same time as Apple are being very negative about Vista, their flagship Windows product iTunes apparently doesn't work with the new OS. So much so in fact, that they recommend that you don't install Vista! Perhaps Apple didn't know Microsoft were releasing a new OS?

(OK, this is a little tongue in cheek analysis of the Apple hype. I don't know who came up with which feature first. I know I've seen most of the Vista technologies evolve and develop either in the five years it took to ship, or in the many releases since NT4. But then I also know who was first to market, which is usually all that matters. And I know that I'm getting quite a few comments that "Microsoft have really made it look like a Mac" when I demo Vista stuff. I don't see it myself - I think the two interfaces are very different, and I wonder how much is just bashing Microsoft because that's what the cool kids do.)

PS. My iTunes and iPod work fine on Vista, thanks.


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