Get Back In The Box

Dumb Blog of The Day:
Dave Taylor on Vista Laptop Giveaway

As Pratchett apparently said, “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”

But thinking in the box, or just plain straight, doesn’t a guru make. Nope. Far better to pick up your axe first and then find something to grind it against.

“And so, the question that I’m amazed that no blogger seems to have asked is why didn’t they send out the OS and let us install it on our own computers?”

Rather than contemplate the possibility that Microsoft gave away a laptop with Vista pre-installed because:

  • being given big, shiny things makes people more predisposed to you
  • people don’t just install a new OS on their computer (except Mac users who are just soooo excited about Parallels still) to see if they like it and therefore the bloggers would never actually get around to trying Vista

…Dave exclusively reveals the reason using only the power of his MBA *and* MSEd. educated super brain:

“The answer, once you think about things this way, is obvious, and that’s the real story here:

Microsoft Vista is in fact a bear to install and has prohibitive hardware requirements.”

The faithful are grateful that he is humble enough to share his unique thinking with them:

“That’s really an excellent point, Dave, and I agree that it’s surprising that it hasn’t been made up till now. I’ve mostly dismissed the whole discussion as a rehashing of the PayPerPost debate, so I’m guilty of not really thinking it through, too. Thanks for the illumination of common sense.”

It’s all a bit odd really as he then goes on to make the other uniquely insightful observation that people don’t like upgrading their OS.

I guess the strain of being published over 1,000 times and frequently appearing in podcasts can get to you.

Or maybe you need to troll to get traffic to your blog so you can slip into italics at the end and and subliminally suggest somebody from Apple send you a brand new MacBook Pro for being such a good boy and Thinking Different™.

January 5th, 2007 | Dumb Blog of the Day, Meh

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