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11/13/2006 - 3:34pm

I'm a PC, I'm a Mac - Deceptive


Most everyone has seen those "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" commercials. It's John Hodgeman as the PC and Justin Long as the Mac. They trade witty remarks back and forth ultimately with the Mac winning. These commercials always end up portraying the Mac as more user-friendly, more secure, or more compatible with devices. They talk about how the Mac doesn't have to worry about viruses, spyware, or crashes.

Unfortunately, this commercial is very misleading. No one in the computing world will argue that Windows doesn't fall prey to viruses, spyware, and crashes on a regular basis versus MacOSX. But that's just it. The commercial pretends that it's comparing a PC and a Mac computer. What it's actually comparing is the Windows operating system and MacOSX. In addition, a Mac can run Windows, and in doing so, it's just as vulnerable as a PC running Windows. Not only that, but a PC can run the MacOSX, and in doing so incorporates the stability of a Mac running MacOSX.

When you are aware of this, you can understand that this commercial that supposedly compares hardware and is really comparing software is actually Apple FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) in attempt to sell more of their hardware, which is basically the same as PC hardware.

Now to keep this in perspective, I don't have much against Apple or the MacOS. But for this commercial to carry any weight, it should be more upfront about what it's doing -- Windows-bashing (which I'm all for, BTW).

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