3/19/2007

Leveraging the best Ad Ever

Filed under: — menk @ 4:47 pm

While the original Ridley Scott commercial has been widely hailed as the best commercial ever made it was only played once as a TV ad during the Superbowl. Since it has been played 10’s (if not 100’s) of millions of times online. Recently an anonymously posted video showed up on You Tube. The video uses most of the original but recasts the droning big brother figure with Hillary Clinton. (How appropriate!) The final message is related to how Barack Obama will make this election cycle different than the prior cycle with a Clinton running.

The blogosphere and media has been on fire analyzing how this rogue video demonstrates that with the new world order (the power of the individual using the Internet as distribution mechanism) individuals or unaffiliated groups can have a major impact on the messaging around politics without the control or consent of the politicians or their organizations.

Take a look for yourself and compare the original Apple 1984 commercial with the politically aimed mashup.

The Mashup

The Original

Update: The forces of Hillary have come blazing back with a response to the creative coup of the 1984/Hillary mashup. Unfortunately for Clinton the response is just a piss poor rehash of the exactly the same ad but with Obama in place of the talking Hillary in the commercial. The lack of imagination demonstrates the fact that Hillary supporters are less than bright. In addition to the creative drought in the Hillary response. the lack of poor quality of editting of this response is laughable. The result is that the response video is so lame it just calls more attention to the creative and well done original Anti-Hillary ad. Check out the Hillary response video for yourself:

The Lame Imitation

3/18/2007

Ballmer questions Google business strategy

Filed under: — menk @ 6:59 pm

Yet again Steve Ballmer is demonstrating how even a moron can run a monopoly. Steve is confused as so how Google is making money. He points out how over and over Microsoft has remade itself to move forward and how Google is still ad revenue driven. In point of fact Steve knows his time is short. Microsoft is rapidly becoming irrelevant and they took one giant step in this direction by releasing Vista.

As far as Ballmer’s babbling about remaking the company, someone should point out to Steve that being a desktop OS monopoly then becoming a monopoly in Office suites by leveraging that OS Monopoly is not two separate business directions. Nor is it a change in business to leverage your desktop monopoly to try to monopolize the server market. You really need to study the term business model before you make comments denigrating another company’s approach.

Perhaps Steve B. meant to point out how Google is making money hand over fist and hasn’t screwed outright any of it’s business partners that certainly is a different strategy than Microsoft’s approach. In all areas of Microsoft’s product and services capabilities not specifically leveraged by the desktop monopoly they are hemoraging cash. (Windows CE, X-Box, MSN, Zune and the list goes on …)

Being condecending is annoying in virtually every instance. Ballmer should note that trying to appear condescending when you don’t have a basic grasp of what the competition is doing doesn’t make them look bad. It does however point out clearly that you are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Ballmer questions Google’s business strategy

Microsoft security guru says Vista Bugs are less of a problem

Filed under: — menk @ 6:48 pm

Michael Howard, a senior security program manager in Microsoft’s security engineering group says the vulnerabilities in Vista are less serious than the same issue in XP. Michael is trying to make a point that with all the redundant and troublesome security in Vista as opposed to XP the problems should be viewed as less of an issue.

The problem with Mr. Howard’s perspective is that the issues and possible hacks are equivalent. If a hacker can gain control of your Windows system and steal all you passwords before erasing your hard drive that’s a serious OS flaw (and Windows has tons of these vulnerabilties). Whether on Vista or XP the problem would seem to rate as serious in my book.

My guess is that Michael needs to have his machine wiped clean a couple of times and filled with Malware before he gets it. Maybe he just needs to get a mac and forget the whole crap fest that is Windows?

Microsoft security guru wants Vista bugs rated less serious

3/12/2007

T-Shirt Folding Instructions

Filed under: — menk @ 10:43 am

Need to know something? You can find it all on the Internet. There is even a site that provides step by step instructions for folding your t-shirt (along with Video). According to the instructions this can be accomplished in 2 seconds.

Interesting and life enhancing, check it out!

fold-your-shirt.com

3/9/2007

StumbleUpon - Surfing in the new Millenium

Filed under: — menk @ 5:40 pm

Do you have few minutes free to look around for cool stuff on the Internet? Wondering where you would start to find stuff that fits within areas that are of interest to you?

Try ‘Stumble Upon’ the add-on for Firefox that let’s you select topics and categories that you are interested in and then whenever it suits you just click on the ‘stumble’ button in Firefox. This will take you to a site that fits those categories but that has been rated highly by other ‘Stumble Upon’ users. You can rate the site simply by clicking ‘thumbs up’ or thumbs down’.

If you find yourself in a browsing rut give it a try!

StumbleUpon

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