Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’
These are your favourite links this month at TWOM. Images link to post.
In no particular order they are:
(UPDATE: Dead links sorted out. Sorry!)
What do you get when you cross watermelons, sex, eggs and lawsuits? You get to today’s Daily Waffle!
- Watermelon sells for more Y650,000/£3,000/$6,000. It’d better be seedless!
- How British are you in bed? Apparently, I’m Swedish and I have no inhibitions. Take the quiz and let us know how you fared. There’s a marketing case study for new product launches in there somewhere.
- Microsoft’s Eggboy predicts the end of printed media. Someone should have told him about the the prediction that the internet would eradicate TV and books. By the way, if you have been living under a rock, this is how he got the name. And you have to play this game.
- Los Angeles sues TimeWarner for crap internet service. Move the residents here and they’ll know what crap is.
Spread the weekend fun!
Again, this was taken when I was stuck in traffic. People ask me, “how do you get these things”. I haven’t got a trick really, just open your eyes and don’t accept the face value of things. Remember, there are two sides of a coin. Anyway, what’s funny about this company, is that if you are old enough or are familiar with the software, you’ll recognise that the logo actually came from Microsoft PowerPoint.
The irony, of course, is that this company sells windows!
Remember Murphy’s law? Anything that can screw up, will. Especially computers.
And we all know how just how reliable Microsoft is, right?
It’s not just Microsoft though…so long as it’s a computer, it will find a way, when you’re least expecting it, to kick you in the nether region (regardless of gender) and laugh in your face.
I once read that 100% of people working on computers have lost their work somehow. Thousands of computers die and/or software crashes every second, losing some, most or all of our hard work. Regardless of how advanced auto-saving and network harddrives etc are, we’re still going to lose work one way or the other.
Here’s a guide to saving yourself the pain from losing work. Here is the beginning of a series that I am devoting to these little things that we take for granted, but by paying attention to them will save us from those little pangs of depression brought forth by nasty surprises. Continue Reading »
Apparently in Europe the PS3 will take over the XBox 360 this summer and in France and Spain, it already has. But nothing compares when we’re told that Wii whoops both their bums, by outselling
the PS3 4 to 1! This ration was 3 to 1 in January and Xbox only managed to sell less than 15,000 whilst Japanese sales of Wii surpassed the 350k mark. The question that I’m asking here is that whether or not the Wii should be thought of as a competitor for the PS3 and the XB360? Continue Reading »
I am pretty – I am pretty iconoclastic and cynical, but somehow I don’t seem to mind Google that much, although it is a behemoth growing at the speed of light. In fact, I use MANY of their web apps, which I find to be very handy, and because they’re not as “pretty” as physical apps, tend to be a lot faster.
They are young – both the company and the people working there – they are rich, they have fun, and they are powerful. They are as powerful and as gigantanormous (beat that!) as Microsoft, but not at all scary. In fact, I would even say friendly, sort of like a squirrel, who comes to you and takes a peanut off your hands. And then sometimes, without you knowing, nips a little bit of your finger but you don’t notice it. Then a little more, and then a little more, ’til you have no finger left! In fact all large companies are the same, regardless of the facade and the corporate social responsibility hoozah. But, that don’t mean folks all over the dang world don’t like ya – cuz Google’s number one across the pond, ya see?
Yep, Superbrands has listed the top 100 brands in the UK and Google’s number one! After that it loses comprehension. By what count, is Microsoft the second most popular brand? The number of hate mail it gets? I’ll vouch for that. And BP!? What in the name of all that’s good is that giant no-gooder doing on that list? I used to really like Superbrands, now I think they’re just getting paid to feature these brands, which incidentally are listed below:
The world will soon bow down to awesome might of Tesco (and/or Wal-Mart, too, my American counterparts). Tesco, as we all know, expands their business like crazy, like a plague! Recently, like bunnies on Viagra, they’ve introduced more virus into the marketplace. First car insurance comparison website – because their car insurance is quite well regarded, hey, let’s do a comparison site. Then came the Tesco shopping comparison site! Hey, we’re a retail outlet, let’s do a shopping comparison of our products. But most profoundly, they’re taking on Adobe and Microsoft as well. See for yourself:
Everyone’s going mad and clambering for a piece of that sexy-ass Yahoo! Always the gentle giant, it’s now stirring up trouble by going to Microsoft rivals, asking Gates for more money and throwing urine snowballs at Vista programmers, prompting a snap comeback from the masters of the computing universe:
“MICROSOFT WON’T RAISE OFFER FOR YAHOO! – IT’S FAIR!”
…then Jerry stuck his tongue out at Gates.
Image and headline courtesy of Mashable!
photo by blueone
Let’s do a quick and interesting experiment.
Those of you who doesn’t know what an iPod is, hands up.
Now, go jump off a cliff/tree/building/motorway/bridge near you.
Told you that was quick, didn’t I?
Now, to those remaining, have you ever wondered where Apple got the name iPod from? It’s a name, or word, so synonymous with this generation and like many things, we take for granted where the name came from. And being a marketing / branding expert, I could not possibly live with myself if I do not try and figure out the origins of the brand iPod.
First of all, let’s break the name up so we can properly analyse it.
The “I” was a fad. Nowadays, apart from Apple, any company that comes up with a product (or *gasp* a service) that starts with an “I” will either a. get laughed at or b. get shot, then laughed at. The “I” was like the “e”. First came eBusiness and then you had e-commerce and e-tail. Then there was eMassage Oils and eStupidFurnitureFromScandinavia and eImNotTooCoolSoIllJustAddAn”e”ToMyBrand.
Then you have the Pod – what were they thinking? A Kinder egg looks like a Pod, a mouse (the thing you click with) looks like Pod, even a scrotum looks like a Pod – a rather floppy one – but nonetheless, a Pod! That square thing when it was launched looked more like a biscuit, or a piece of toast, or (insert rectangular, non-food item here). If you disagree, think about this. What do you think of when you hear the word pod? Something round, or cyclindrical or at least rounded. Go look it up if you don’t believe me. Dictionaries say “round,or cylindrical encasing.”
My point is this: although it was not a Pod per se, but hey, look at how smart they were. This is purely speculation but this is my theory: it was a time of portable things, CDs computers, stuff! And you wanted stuff on demand, Word, PowerPoint, music, MTV. They could have easily called it Music on Demand, which then it would iMod, and that would have restricted them to only music. And today, they would surely have problems selling iMod and iVod (no points for getting that one right) separately. But they didn’t. And the reason is this: they actually a gypsy chained up in their secret underground lab who told them that in future, iPods could play video! With that in mind, and both music and video being “playback”, the thing became known as intelligent Playback On Demand! That is how name the iPod came about.
This has always been my theory for years, until some rumours of the real origin surfaced, and I still believe that my theory is right and their Space Odyssey story is a cover up. It’s so that the world will never know about their future-seeing gypsy woman. Just like area 51 and MJ.
Crawling the WWW, I’ve come across some other opinions, some interesting and some downright stupid.:
“Internet Palm Operated Device”
“i mean its so self explanatory…the thing looks like a damn pod and they just added an ‘i’ to it to make it sound computery. ” (Like, ohmygod, I’m so like totally, literally, blonde. And I know computery words too!)
“pod=leg i=i and= my leg” (My personal favourite. Makes absolutely no sense, just like yours truly)
“Personal Organizer Device”
“Product Of Da’future”
“Painfully Overpriced Device”
“Predator of Dell”
“Until I get my iPod fixed *again*, I’m dubbing it “Piece of Dung.”
“I p****d on Diamond” (Makers of the Rio Mp3 players)
” ephod-iazô , Ion. epod- , means furnish with supplies for a journey”