Microsoft Windows screws up Seattle’s New Year fireworks display

“After a computer failure stuffed up Seattle’s New Year fireworks show, bloggers have been quick to blame Microsoft,” Nick Farrell reports for The Register.

“The show at the Seattle Center was supposed to ring in the New Year but the computer running the display did not work,” Farrell reports.

According to reports, workers had to run the show manually.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Par for the course or, as “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” wrote in his email, “home field disadvantage.” Maybe this year, Microsoft will start making a vacuum cleaner, so they can finally brag about making something that doesn’t suck.

40 Comments

  1. Same old Microsoft bashing at MDN, but then again the self checkout lanes at the local supermarket running Windows hasn’t worked for several months either.

    I don’t know wether to feel like I should bash Microsoft too, or just feel sorry for them.

    My new MacBook Pro’s optical drive simply won’t function at all. Stick a disk in and nothing happens, no sucking of the disk either.

    This will require a 300 mile drive just to fix it under AppleCare, meanwhile I’m out of a computer until it does.

    The problem is technology, it’s just too dam complicated and not reliable enough, too much work for the little gain it gives.

    Apple is less headache than Wintel machines, but then again I can’t get the hardware selection like I can with Windows, namely a non-glossy mid-range consumer box for my family who have old eyes and screen reflections cause eyestrain.

    Screw them both for not listening to peoples needs I say.

  2. “This will require a 300 mile drive just to fix it under AppleCare, meanwhile I’m out of a computer until it does.”

    Im calling bullsh!t.
    You can get Applecare to send you a shipper box and you can send it directly to their repair depot.

  3. @ Tired Mac User

    The last time I had to help someone with a PowerBook problem, I called Apple support, they overnighted a box, it then overnighted to their support center, fixed it in one day and shipped it back out in one day.
    Total time without PowerBook, 3 days.
    That is an example of when things are running smoothly.

  4. “”This will require a 300 mile drive just to fix it under AppleCare, meanwhile I’m out of a computer until it does.”

    “Im calling bullsh!t.
    You can get Applecare to send you a shipper box and you can send it directly to their repair depot.”

    Or there’s someone/something else that’s the true motivation for driving 300 miles. Remember Lisa Nowak?

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