Adventures In Computing

September 19, 2008

Microsoft Fires Seinfeld?

Filed under: Entertainment, GNU/Linux, Linux, Seinfeld, Technology, Television, Ubuntu, Windows — Normand Bissonnette @ 10:15 am

The new Microsoft ad was aired yesterday.  They have gotten rid of Jerry Seinfeld and they are going after Apple.  You can judge for yourself.

I wear glasses, I wear jeans, I have a ring, I blog, I shave, I have one ring, I am connected to a billion people world wide, I’m a PC and I am a human being, I use linux for human being, I use Ubuntu.  I am not a stereotype.

What is the point they are trying to push across?  All the attributes they mention in this latest commercial can be said of Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD users.  Even none computers users.  It seems to me that they are afraid of losing their consumer base and they are trying to convince them not to leave for a better system.

I wonder if they will go after Linux?  I guess we will have to wait.

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11 Comments »

  1. I’m a PC

    Comment by PC — September 19, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  2. I love it…

    “I design green buildings”
    “I have a beard”
    “I’m a PC and I sell fish”

    This, I have to say, is a really stupid advert. It doesnt even make sense. Ahh well…I s’pose they are just doing what they have always done…not made sense.

    Also, I thought Gates retired in June…so is he just doing adverts for Microsoft now?

    Comment by Alistair McKinlay — September 19, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  3. Like the only thing you can run on a PC is Windows.

    Comment by qense — September 19, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Thus far, all the Bill Gates poor, poor ads are just not as good. Never could quite be as good as Steve Jobs… at anything really. Bill Gates has always been a wannabe. Poor Bill.

    Comment by Xia Xi'an — September 19, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  5. I’m a PC and I run Linux

    Comment by O2beagooner — September 19, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  6. Have you heard about the other, unreleased videos that Seinfeld/Gates created? Apparently they were even worse: they abandon all pretense and directly insult viewers intelligence outright. Czechit – we posted it on our blog (www.yooryoo.com): http://tinyurl.com/4k3p9k

    Comment by yooryoo — September 19, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

  7. What they didn’t say is “I’m under 21” which is the real market they need to be speaking to, not 50 year old fishermen…duh

    Comment by miss nsrchofit — September 20, 2008 @ 1:01 am

  8. Wait I know there all Politically Correct.

    Comment by Argus — September 20, 2008 @ 1:25 am

  9. I’m a PC? wtf! …

    The failure of this ad is complete… here’s why.

    1. Fails to provide any product information (no mention of windows)
    2. Borrows a competitors message, brings nothing new. Fails to reinvent the message. (try’s too hard.)
    3. Trys to allude that the “I’m a PC” mantra is something people will proudly exclaim, as if it’s a badge of honor. (Of course saying “I’m a Mac” is just as brain numbingly stupid.)

    The “I’m a PC / I’m a Mac” ads worked (within their timeframe) because they played on a comic sterotype which was regcognisable (even if somewhat cartoonish.) These Microsoft ad’s, in the final analysis are hardly “going after” Apple… and in fact are about as effective as the school yard taunt, “I know you are but what am I”.

    Comment by Jason — September 20, 2008 @ 3:43 am

  10. Yes, I’m sure poor Bill cries himself to sleep at night that he’s not Steve Jobs, and then, after drying his eyes with another billion dollar bill, realizes its not so bad being Bill afterall and sleeps like a baby.

    Comment by Ando — September 20, 2008 @ 5:38 am

  11. “Vista’s slow, it’s fat, my software doesn’t work, I can’t get drivers, the User Access Control’s a pain in the ass and my network grinds to a crawl when I play an mp3! What do you call that?”

    “… The Aristocrats!

    Comment by David Gerard — September 21, 2008 @ 12:32 am


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