Here’s “an example of the worst thing about Apple. There is simply nothing less attractive than a person who is both flawed and smug, and apparently one of the few plausible justifications for treating corporations as legal persons is the fact that this holds true for companies as well. And Apple is a smug company,” Anil Dash blogs for Dashes.
The new version 10.5 of Mac OS X rather famously features the following display when you’re browsing machines that appear to be running Microsoft Windows:
Dash writes, “Now, I’m all for a little sense of humor in the world of technology. But the image here deliberately uses an aged-looking monitor and a crashed computer as the illustration of your other computers. The disdain here isn’t for the unfortunate unwashed who have to suffer through Windows because they’re so clueless — it’s a snide shot at the other computers you own, or of your family’s other machines around the house, or of the computers of the peers you work with.”
Dash writes, “Suffice to say, the presence of this image means that there’s permission to be this passive-aggressive and, well, lame at all levels of Apple’s organization.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Lighten up, Francis. The image is seen only by Mac users. It’s nothing more than a harmless little in-joke and the chances are good that the image accurately represents the state of the Windows box (or at least its monitor) that you’re browsing.