Tag: <span>PEOPLE</span>

In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them.

Lesley asks “Why I will never be cool enough to own a Mac”. To which I can only answer, how the hell should I know? How cool ARE you Lesley? Ahh, but then I realised she trying to imply that *I* wasn’t cool enough to own a Mac… as if..

Why I will never be cool enough to own a Mac
I’m a liberal. I’m a free spirit. I believe in an open mind. I wear t-shirts, a lot. I don’t wear a suit. In my head I am still a carefree young man, who knows that cutting edge cool isn’t *cool*. I’m laidback, I care about design, I care about quality. I like the best of things.

But I’m most definitely NOT cool.

Cool is a state of mind (man), and I’m just a little TOO conservative, a little TOO “middle-class” (ohh you know what I mean), a little TOO snooty to be cool. I mean, yeah, I’m a great guy. I’m pretty sure if you met me you’d think “yeah, he’s alright”.

But you wouldn’t think “whoa, he’s cool” (possibly because you are NOT in a Bill and Ted movie and no-one really talks like that, um, do they?).

Of course owning a Mac, and let me just clarify at this point that we are discussing the ownership of an Apple Macintosh home computer, not a plastic garment that is usually yellow and comes with a matching hat… did anyone have one of these as a kid? Yeah, I’ve got the embarassing photos too.. that and sandals. SANDALS! Honestly mother, what WERE you thinking?

Where was I?

Apple have a series of adverts which pitch a ‘Mac’ against a ‘PC’. The Mac is represented by a young, trendy guy, the PC by the staid ‘office worker’ in a suit. The adverts are clever, witty, but are starting to grate. You see, I get the whole “iLife your life” pitch but I think these adverts are over playing things. Quite considerably. This is one of the reasons I don’t think I’m cool enough to own a Mac.

You see I ‘get’ that owning a Mac is largely down to the experience, ease of use, etc etc. That’s all good as far as I’m concerned, and without getting into ANOTHER Mac vs PC debate, let’s just leave it at that. Mac owners, I get it. I really really do.

But I can’t own a Mac because I’m not cool enough. I AM that PC guy, as much as I want to be that Mac guy. Well, I’m kinda halfway in-between, and that’s the problem. It’s not so much that I don’t think I’m cool ENOUGH to own a Mac, it’s more like I don’t think OTHER PEOPLE will think I’m cool enough, they’ll snigger under their breath, talk about me behind my back and it’ll be like that time in the sauna, all over again.

In a way I blame Apple for this, and I wonder if they’ll lose the sales of other ‘on the cusp of cool’ people through the message they use to promote their wares. Owning a Mac means joining a club, a clique, a culture. Not everyone wants that, nor would feel comfortable with that, but hey what do Apple care? iPod sales continue to be strong (owning an iPod is NOT cool) so they can afford to be picky, they can afford to be the COOL guy, but maybe they should worry a little about that guy near the end of the line, the one that is always picked second last. He knows he’s not cool, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be…

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This time tomorrow I’ll be in sunny Edinburgh. Well technically speaking I’ll be in a pub in the basement of a building so the chances of getting any sun are remote. Too late to change the venue now though.

I’m quite looking forward to this blogmeet. The first one was exciting for different reasons, not least if anyone would turn up (thankfully someone did), but there is also the rather odd experiencing of meeting, what is essentially a group of strangers. This time round I think we’ll number between 5 and 10 depending on who arrives when, couple of people are coming along later, and if everyone makes it, and I’m hoping to get to meet three bloggers in particular who I’ve been reading for a long time, autographs will be sought!

Those of you have attended other blogmeets will realise that, of COURSE we don’t sit around and talk about HTML, WordPress, CSS, RSS or anything else along those lines. Believe it or not we are there because we are interested in meeting the PEOPLE behind the blogs, and believe it or not, nearly ALL of us are normal. Nearly…

I’m also going to head through a little earlier and have a wee wander round Edinburgh. It’s a city I’m only passingly familiar with, much to my shame. I’ve only ever been there for events (concerts, interviews and the like) and know the main parts reasonably well but much of it is lost on me – I have promised myself that I’ll take the Rebus Tour someday but not sure what Louise would get from that.

Anyway, to anyone in the Edinburgh area on Saturday it’s not too late to come along, even if you can only pop in for a wee while and to say hello, and meet some of the foremost members of Scottish Blogs*. I think this blogmeet will be the best attended so far, and can only lead to … er… more blogmeets? Next one will be in Glasgow though, there’s only SO much Edinburgh this west-coaster can handle in a year.

* or anyone who happens to turn up…


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MyDoom Virus starts to hit.

“Post this on every message board you can find. Get the word out. If you have a friend or family member who does not understand how to operate an anti-virus, please check that they are updated and protected. If you know someone running anti-virus on an e-mail server, please tell them to turn off the bounce feature.

I received this virus 8 times yesterday, 10 times last night, and … (just checking…) 5 times since 3 a.m. this morning.

The best piece of advice is (and this is not new!): DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS FROM PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW!

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