Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Seinfeld & Gates: Was this ad supposed to be funny?

Filed under
Microsoft

The long-awaited $300 million ad campaign that Microsoft launched to counter Apple’s successful “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” campaign aired during the Thursday night kickoff to the NFL season. Did you see it? I missed it on TV but caught it on YouTube.

I don’t get it. And seeing how the punchline was, ummm, Bill Gates adjusting his shorts, I don’t think I want to get it.

Check out the commercial and tell me if I’m wrong here. For 90 seconds, it’s two middle-aged guys in a discount shoe store at the mall, talking about, well, discount shoes. And, don’t forget the gratuitous subtitles for the Spanish-speaking onlookers. What’s that all about?

More Here




re: Commercial

Wow, is that how Bill's going to spend his time now, doing TV commercials that suck? Man I wish I could get a gig like that.

I guess the funny part is supposed to be either one of those rich guys shopping for themselves in a mall (boy was that hilarious).

Also, what part of the commercial was supposed to convince me that Vista doesn't suck?

re: Commercial

It was pretty stupid. It wasn't even funny. What does any of it have to do with computers? Normal humans, like my parents who don't know who Gates is, would almost think it's a shoe commercial.

Or perhaps that's the gimmick - just to get the whole world talking about how stupid or wtf their commercial is.

re: Commercial

Obviously, Bill Gates has bought Shoe Circus Smile

It seems that Microsoft think that cryptic commercials are good. Where as Apple just do commercials that say Microsoft is crap. I wonder which one consumers get more?

Bring back the IBM linux ads!

OK, so not Microsoft, or Bill gates related, but I liked those ads which got people interested.

To me this is the second ad campaign which failed the 'get the facts' got more people asking so what is this linux and why is microsoft competing with it?
(Well everyone i know vaguely interested in or working in IT were asking that)

I just don't get it.
Why it even had Bill in is beyond me (thought he good as quit Microsoft anyway) unless he wants to get his face on tv even more...
But surely there's a cheaper way to get personal air time when you're that rich?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Posts From MiniDebConf Hamburg 2018

  • Debian is wrong
    So, the MiniDebConf Hamburg 2018 is about to end, it's sunny, no clouds are visible and people seem to be happy. And, I have time to write this blog post! So, just as a teaser for now, I'll present to you the content of some slides of our "Reproducible Buster" talk today. Later I will add links to the video and the full slides.
  • Mini DebConf Hamburg
    Since Friday around noon time, I and my 6-year-old son are at the Mini DebConf in Hamburg. Attending together with my son is quite a different experience than plain alone or with also having my wife around. Though he is doing pretty good, it mostly means the day ends for me around 2100 when he needs to go to sleep.

today's howtos

A look at Spice-Up presentation software for GNU/Linux

As a student, presentations are second nature to me. I can’t even count the amount of times I have had to make visual presentations and slides of information over the course of the past couple years. I’ve always been one to like to change things up, and get bored if I don’t, so rather than always using Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint, or even LibreOffice Impress, I’ve opted to use a handy little piece of software called “Spice-Up” on a few occasions. Read more

DragonFly BSD 5.2.0

My experience with DragonFly this week was a lot like my experiences with other members of the BSD family. The system is lightweight, provides lots of useful documentation and gives us a minimal platform from which to build our operating system. The system was stable, fast and provided me with most of the software I wanted. Apart from DragonFly not working with my desktop computer's hardware, I had an overall good experience with the operating system. I had mixed feelings about H2. At this point the file system seems stable and can be used for most common tasks. However, the advanced features that make the future of H2 look so appealing, are not all in place yet. So it might be best to wait another year before switching over to H2 if you want to make the most of snapshots and other advanced file system options. DragonFly is typically regarded as a server operating system, and that is where its strengths lie. However, this week I feel it performed well as a desktop platform too. It takes a little while to set up DragonFly as a desktop, but the documentation walks us through most of the process and I was able to do everything I would typically do on Linux desktop distribution. Read more Also: Server maker IXsystems sets sail with new TrueNAS flagship